Slum living families often have to send their children out into the streets to collect plastic bottles to help pay the rent. A child can make the family $1 per day. Most of the kids we work with had given up any hope of being able to go to school. They could see their lives stretching out in front of them and saw hopelessness and poverty.
When Flame staff meet kids who want to be in school, and the family fit our criteria, they facilitate the child into school and compensate the family for the lost income. The family signs an agreement that the child will no longer work, and will attend the Flame Activity Centre program daily.
Flame assigns a case manager to each family so we are able to meet their needs as they arise.
Other ways Flame helps Families
Currently nine women have been given assistance to set up small, independent businesses. These businesses include coffee carts, fruit vendors, dessert carts, and selling local snacks. Research shows that when the woman is the business owner, the financial benefits reach their children.
Flame is also providing income generation for families who make bags, jewellery and crafts which are sold in New Zealand.
HOMES BUILT OR REPAIRED
Flame has built new homes, or updated the current homes of families in the slums. Often their rented accommodation, is little more than rusty corrugated iron held together with string and tarpaulin. In many slums the homes flood during the rainy season, bringing rubbish, dirt and disease along with it. A new elevated dwelling can alleviate many common slum illnesses.
A new access way into a slum has been built, where the old one was failing. In some cases we have helped relocate families to better accommodation.
When slum living families need medical help we send Rithy from our Mobile Medical Team to advise them. We sometimes assist with further care or referrals.