Rehabilitation and Reintegration
Azad Foundation envisions a world where no child has to live and/or work on streets.
In the year 2007, Azad Foundation in collaboration with City District Government of Karachi established a night shelter and rehabilitation center (DEHLEEZ) to support the street children of Karachi and Pakistan in final phase of their social rehabilitation and reintegration. Dehleez provides child and family counseling, skill development and vocational training, job placement, case management services, food, hygiene, medical care and non-formal education services for Children Living and/or Working on Streets along with family tracing and reunification. It has the capacity to accommodate 100 children at a time. Over 1,000 children had been rehabilitated and benefited from the services in Dehleez since its establishment. This institution has managed over 3,000 external cases of children living and/or working on streets.
The first rehabilitation center Dastak was established in 2004 with the support of private sector in Karachi and later European Commission, Group Development, France, ECPAT International and Foreign Ministry of Luxembourg supported it. Another pilot of the same project was launched in Rawalpindi in year 2005 with the name of Dastak 2. It was designed to help street children both boys (street living) and working girls to develop a better, healthy, happy life; safety from all types of exploitation at intrapersonal and interpersonal level. The project was wrapped up in 2012 after full adaptation of AF deinstitutionalization strategy. Dastak served over 6,000 Children Living and/or Working on Streets during its project time span.