S for lifeName: Nguyen Thai Truc VyCountry: Viet NamGoal: Build the bridge between street children and society, be a story-tellerconveying street children’s wishes and helping them for a better life.Date: 01/06Attendee: Street children, the wealthyPeople engaged in this event: Volunteer, enthusiastic people
BACKGROUND• While new opportunities and economic benefits for manydeveloping countries have improved, there are ever-increasing gaps between the rich and the poor, and betweenrural and urban populations.• Street children have not shared in many of the benefits ofthe developments due to social and cultural divisions, and alack of basic social services and information that prioritizestreet children.• There is no place for them to express their wishes, stories,scars, start-up ideas or just speak freely in public.Nobody everlistens to me!
RESEARCHDoes not know where hisor her next meal is comingfrom.Does not know where he orshe is spending the night.He or she does not live witheither the mother or thefather.Street children(Homeless youth or so-calledstreet kids, street youth andabandoned children)• Over 400,000,000 abandoned children live on their own on the streets ofhundreds of cities around the world.(ISK, 2013)• The exact number of street children is impossible to quantify, but it is likely thatthe numbers are increasing. (Wiki)UINICEF (2013)
FACTS• Every 2 seconds, a child becomes an orphan.• Every 14 seconds, a child is orphaned by AIDS.• 1,000,000,000 of the worlds families live on less than a dollar a day.• Authorities estimate that child pornography is a $20 billion a year industry; toomany abandoned children end up as victims of this deviant activity.• UNICEF estimates that nearly 1,000,000 children enter the sex trade every year.• Experts also estimate that nearly 10,000,000 children are working as prostitutes,with nearly 90% of them girls.• According to the World Health Organization, malnutrition is the single biggestcontributor to child mortality rates worldwide.• Many street children use a number of inhalants (glue, gasoline, lighter fluid) andillegal drugs (marijuana, cocaine and heroin).• Street children are routinely detained illegally, beaten and tortured andsometimes killed by police in some countries.ISK, 2013
WHAT DOES “S” STAND FOR?START-UP IDEASSPEAKER’S CORNERSCARSUCCEEDSTORY-TELLERSOCIETY FOCUSSTREET CHILDREN
IDEAS BEHIND THIS EVENT• Most of people hesitate to give money for a charity becausethey do not know what/whom and how their money wasused.• Most of street children have touching stories about their life,their scars and at the same time, they cherish many start-upideas (for their future), wishes… but they have no chance toshare it with our society and somehow, we-who have a placeto live, a bed to sleep forgot them.• People always have something to learn from others(regardless of the rich, the poor or the young, the old).• Street children need to be given more chances, taught moreskills to succeed in life.
WHAT IS “S FOR LIFE” ORGANISATION?• It is obviously an non-profit organisation.• A group of volunteers will walk along the street, infiltratestreet children’s life, listen to them and record their stories,wishes, ideas.• Organiser will form these stories into tap, video, article orfilm… and publicize in Youtube, Blog, Facebook (Social mediachannel in general) everyday!!!• Event organisation is not only the charity organisation (forfundraising purpose) but also the middleman, the speaker’scorner and the story-teller – who listens to street childrenand spreads the real-life stories of street children amongsociety.
WHAT IS “S FOR LIFE” EVENT?• “S FOR LIFE” will be hold annually with free entry foreveryone who cares about street children.• “S FOR LIFE” will be funded by donator, charitableorganisation, entrepreneur, the wealth… (who have alreadywatched/ seen/ known the published stories and are willingto help).• At the event, some typical stories through 365 days of yearwill be exhibited and some street children will speak on thestage in front of the guest.• Fundraising will be collected during this event.
HOW DOES “S FOR LIFE” HELP THE YOUNGGENERTATION?• It will help the street children for better life in a different and moreapplicable way.• The money-giving people feel satisfy because they know that theirmoney will be used for the “REAL” situation with the “REAL”children.• The street children will have opportunities to speak properly infront of many people, share enthusiastically about their life.• We – the society will have something to learn from their stories, torealize how lucky we are…• The young generation (who have a place to settle down and alwayscomplain about their situation) will broaden their views to “somedark angles of life” and whereby respect their current life.
PLEASE GIVE STREET CHILDREN AN EQUALOPPORTUNITY!