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Welcome to the FSUN DECC Scholar's Street Children Website. Enjoy your visit. Any comments? Feel free to contact us...Jesus said "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these"  Matthew 19:14

Street Children: A Threatening Social  Problem

                               Contributed by: Danilo R. Zuño,Sr./Danilo T. Zuño,Jr.



                           Street Children - Definition of our Target Group


    According to the definition of Ahmed Sedik in the second publication of 

PDCR  entitled  “City Initiative (1) for the Protection of Street Children and

 Children Doing Marginal Work” ,  a  street child  is  “every  child, male or 

female,  who  lacks  a  place  of  residence, spends the night in places not 

appropriate for that for six  months or more, whether he/she is defying their 

parents’ authority  or that  of their guardian, is forced into that status by one 

of the parents, or has escaped to the street as a result of family, economic,

psychological,   vocational,   or   educational  conditions. ” Sedik  also puts 

forward  a  general  definition  of marginal work children that encompasses

the following categories:


 Children working with the consent of their parents (either working on

 their own or together with the father or mother).


Those working in marginal jobs with no specific vocational pattern, 

and are thus deprived of vocational and family care and often do not 

continue their education as a result.


Some of those children leave their governorates in order to perform 

selling operations; they are forced to spend the night on the street in 

order to save transportation fees, often with the consent of their parents.


Those children return to their homes after finishing selling operations in 

 a state of physical and psychological exhaustion.


      Exploitative grown-up elements may appear in their places of work, and

      take away a proportion of the money they earn; or else some adults might collect 

    the children to perform selling in their interest in return to a specific wage, often 

    using force against the children.


        Dr. Ahmed Sadik


        Center for the Protection and Development of the Child and his Rights