Azad Foundation envisions a world where no child has to live and/or work on streets.
AF and UNICEF have been working together since 2005 for the recognition of the issues of street children in Pakistan, and to establish legislative framework and state systems so as to address the plight of street children at federal and provincial level. Another aspect of this strategic partnership is to build the understanding and capacity of relevant government departments so that they can implements programmes and projects on street children effectively and efficiently.
Social Welfare Department (Sindh)
The department has the mandate for child protection in the province. Therefore, AF has been working with the department since its inception in the areas of advocacy and capacity building. It has supported the department in development of its first PC-1 on street children’s rehabilitation and social reintegration.
National Commission on Child Welfare and Development (NCCWD)
AF's relationship with NCCWD developed in 2002 when it had formed a core group on street children of which AF was a member. AF played a pivotal role in the development of the first national action plan for children in 2007. Also in the development of NSCP, NCCWD has remained on-board.
Consortium for Street Children
Consortium for Street Children is the biggest global network for the cause of Street Children. Being its member since 2012, AF has resolved to advance its advocacy in collaboration with CSC.
Child Rights Movement
CRM is the largest network of civil society organizations that is working on children issues in Pakistan. Azad Foundation has been the part of CRM since the begining to forward the agenda of children in street situations in Sindh and Pakistan.
UNICEF is one of the most committed donors to the cause of street children, and, for this purpose, AF and UNICEF both have built strong partnership. It is a 9 years old partnership, and one of the longest associations of UNICEF with any non-governmental organization in Pakistan. UNICEF has been supporting AF in thematic area of child protection for policy advocacy, capacity building, and prevention-based programming for children in street situations.
Azad Foundation’s linkages with Muslim Hands were developed through Street Child World Cup 2014 when MH supported a team of 9 young former street children recruited by Azad Foundation to participate in SCWC. The two organizations took the partnership to strategic level by initially signing an MOU at Rio, Brazil during SCWC for a national campaign for the rights of street children in Pakistan, which culminated into the launching of a national project in 13 cities of Pakistan for the rights and protection of street children.
In support of AF's 'Dost' project, collaboration with UNODC Pakistan was established to lower the susceptibility of street children to drug addiction and HIV/AIDS by introducing a drug rehabilitation component.
British Council assisted AF in strengthening its Sports for Development programme though cooperation under the British Council’s DOSTI project, which aimed to bring a positive change in social behaviors and activities in at-risk children and youth in street situations in Karachi.
Save the Children
Save the Children reached out to AF, in 2013, for the purpose of establishing diversion mechanism for children in contact with law under JJSO 2000 in Sind province.
Karachi Youth Initiative
Group development assisted AF in its early years for protection and service-based programming to rehabilitate children in street situations under its ‘IMTIZAJ’.
Child Protection Welfare Commission, Social Welfare Department, KPK
AF signed a cooperation agreement with CPWC, KPK to implement the National Street Child Project (NSCP) in the province. The partnership covers areas of advocacy and policy development as well as protection-based programming.
Department of Reclamation and Probation, Sindh
Azad Foundation assisted the department for institutinoal strengthening and development to support the children in contact with law. This cooperation was initiated in 2013 through an MOU.