I am working as a Coordinator for the Youth Advisory Panel, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA Pakistan, and two months ago I initiated a project in Islamabad, Pakistan locality where street children, labor youth, and child beggars are situated. My project is called the “Mentoring Street Children project” which aims to prevent common diseases among children and spread awareness about health. It teaches street children (about 250 in number) about protecting their health and future. The project is two months old, and I, along with my group made have covered topics on eating well, hygiene, and how to prevent illness and diseases including tuberculosis, diarrhea and the flu.
So far the responses from the childrenhave been amazing, they are willing to learn more about keeping themselves away from unhealthy environment and live a healthy life despite the work they are doing, e.g. begging, washing cars, polishing shoes etc. I will use this grant to do practicals with the children, provide them with health related items such as soaps, tooth brush, tooth pastes while using demonstration. These kids do not have a good place to sit, they sit on the floor , hence i will use the money to provide mats to these children, these children do not have a blackboard, or sufficient stationary to read or write, so i will use the grant to make their study environment a bit better and make my lectures to these students more practical so that they actually do what they learn.