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Title:Working with Street Boys in Harare
Authors:Dube, Linda
Kamvura, L.
Bourdillon, M.F.C.ISNI
Periodical:Africa Insight
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:street children
Urbanization and Migration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Labor and Employment
Abstract:This article describes the experiences of two of the authors who worked among streetboys in Harare in 1992. The article looks at their initial assumptions about street children and shows how these assumptions have changed as a result of their interaction with the street boys. One of their assumptions was that street children were totally abandoned children, who had no family and who by virtue of their being on the streets were desperately in need of help or assistance to get off the streets. Over time, they found that the world of the street child is organized in its own way, and that the boys critically assess their own reality. Their lives revolve around an informal organizational structure, with norms that vary from group to group. The authors found that the boys in Harare's business centre as well as those in Mbare, a high-density suburb approximately 4 km to the south of the centre, earned good money. They decided to put more emphasis on the low-income areas from which the children come, and are now embarking on an awareness campaign targeted at parents of children in low-income areas. Notes, ref.