In and around Yangon, many children and youth endure lives on the street in the most precarious of conditions. Since 2015, SONNE Social Organization is operating three day-care centres (DCCs) for these destitute young people. Our centres provide non-formal education, day care, nutrition, training services, bathing facilities and medical care to 40 – 50 children per centre. Children are taught reading, writing, arithmetic and other school subjects, inclduding a sports and arts program. Children who still have a chance to be integrated into formal school are supported with documents, enrolment, materials and free tuition class.
Within the last years we have experienced rental agreements of apartments for the centres are not sustainable. Short term contracts include the risk of being forced to change place; house owner rules are limiting certain activities with the children. Therefore we decided to construct our first own “SSO centre”. This construction is seen as phase 1 of this project and is a co-financed project with multiple donors. The construction will start in October 2017. The opening and commissioning (Phase 2) of the centre will take place in June 2018.
The centre provides space for a broad program, including non-formal education, formal education support (tuition classes), vocational trainings, sports-& arts classes, cultivation training and alphabetization classes. Around 100 children, youth and family members will participate in one of the activities in the centre daily. This project provides vulnerable and marginalized children and youth the chance to individually develop in a child friendly and secure environment where they will be cared for, can gain knowledge, skills and creativity in order to get an accepted member of the society and increase their chances for a secure and promising future.
The centre is divided in two buildings, each has two floors. On the main building’s ground floor, the day care centre for non-formal education students is located; on the first floor the training centre for vulnerable youth. The annex includes a kitchen, indoor sports and community hall (ground floor) and a tuition class room for marginalized school children and alphabetization evening classes for family members. A sports field and small garden is located next to the centre.
This project will be co-financed by multiple donors to establish a sustainable centre, offering a holistic program and strengthening collaborations.