Street Kids Direct works in partnership with the Mi Arca project in Guatemala City and two years ago we launched a specialist mentoring programme to help support the most vulnerable children who are in the process of being abandoned or are at very high social risk of living on the streets.

During the last two years we have discovered that for a small group of children in the programme it is often necessary to offer them emergency accommodation during the week due to the precarious nature of their lives.

This situation led us to explore the option of having a boarding house, which we are calling a Protection home, that will offer the most vulnerable children a safe environment throughout the week.  Since all the children have been enrolled in school, as a prerequisite to being in the mentoring programme, we need to give them extra support and protection while they are in the school week.  This will mean operating the home on the model of a boarding house where children arrive after school on Monday and stay each day till they go to school on the Friday.

It could be that the home will then offer us the opportunity of organising special weekend retreats and events for other children.  We would like to see how the initial phase goes and then evaluate

14203189 10157480549170268 48505870367195108 nAlex Rollings and Edward Hinton are cycling 1000 miles from Land´s End to John O´Groats over 12 days in September to raise funds for Street Kids Direct.

The couple started their mammoth cycle ride on 6th September and should finish on the 19th September with the aim to raise £1,000 to help vulnerable children in Central America.

Please do sponsor them and keep a track of their progress via their Facebook page.

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caminofinalDuncan Dyason, Director and Founder of Street Kids Direct, is back safe and well in Guatemala after walking 30 marathons in 30 days!  

The gruelling 750 mile (1,200Km) walk from Costa Rica to Guatemala took 5 weeks to complete and Jeony Ordoñez, Founder of the AFE School in Hojduras, accompanied Duncan each day.

The pair went through many challenging situations with Jeony suffering greatly from blisters, Duncan from Dengue Fever and heatstroke and both had to walk through areas that were run by gangs.  On one occasion one of the support drivers was held up at gunpoint despite driving behind a policecar!  The intense heat of the Central American countries made Duncan and Jeony having to start their walk each day around 3am.

On arrival in Guatemala City Duncan and Jeony were joined by hundreds of walkers and well-wishers and then were officially welcomed to the city by the Mayor who sent 6 police motorcycle outriders and a police car to ensure their safe arrival at the Mi Arca Centre.

The sponsored walk raised many thousands of pounds for the projects that Street Kids Direct supports and enthused hundreds of people to organise their own walks around the world.

Both Duncan and Jeony are considering writing books about their experiences over the five weeks.  

Duncan and Jeony recorded VideoBlogs everyday and these can be viewed under the BLOGS section of our website.
 
 

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