Working History

Azad Foundation envisions a world where no child has to live and/or work on streets.

Street Child Games 2016

We are proud to be the chosen organisation in PAKISTAN to represent our country in the upcoming Street Child Games in which rehabilitated former street children from 18 countries will be participating. The Street Child Games will take place this year in March 2016 ahead of the Olympic and Paralympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Street Child Games will feature a range of Olympic-themed sports, including track and field, football and cricket. It will also include the first ever Street Child Congress - a model UN-style assembly where children will create a Resolution containing their demands for the rights of street children worldwide. The UN Special Envoy for Youth will attend, as well as local, national and international media, ensuring that young people's voices are heard at all levels.

AZAD FOUNDATION has the chance to represent PAKISTAN this year in this International sporting event for street children worldwide. Join hands with us to provide the children with opportunities to showcase their talent and have their voices heard so that we can realize a world where no child has to live or work on streets.

Cambridge Ambassador Program

SCU teamed up with Studio Cambridge English Language School, the oldest Language School in UK providing English Language lessons alongside a unique programme of events helping former street children improve their English and continue in their personal development as ambassadors for street children's rights.

The general outline for the Ambassadors was to attend classes from Mondays-Fridays every day where they had their lessons from 9am-3pm. After classes (Monday-Thursday) there had a choice of activities organized for them by the Studio Cambridge.

On Friday afternoons, the school finished at 12.30pm and the young Ambassadors were involved in something fun, new and exciting activities every week. These activities were conducted in Cambridge, sometimes in London and in other parts of England. All these wide array of activities were aimed at providing these Ambassadors the opportunity to develop new skills to take back home, and to give them a chance to tell their story in a way that they'd want to tell it, and help them make the most of their time in England.

They stayed with Ms. Teresa Barnes who had generously offered her lovely home in Cambridge for the 10 weeks programme. There was a park opposite Teresa's house where in the evening, many of the young Ambassadors unwinded after a hard day's work; playing Football, chatting, etc. The English language school was only a 15-minute walk from Teresa's house (or a 5-minute bicycle ride). In Cambridge, many people travel around on bicycle and each got his own bicycle and a helmet to use for the duration of the stay.

The programme enabled these young people to develop as ambassadors for street children in their own countries and internationally, raising vital awareness about the challenges street children face and what needs to be done to support them. A young person who can speak from experience about life on the streets makes a very powerful spokesperson.

I AM SOMEBODY Pakistan Campaign (2014)

The street children team, which returned from Rio de Janeiro in March, 2014 after participating in the Street Child Football World Cup, visited countrywide for I AM SOMEBODY – Pakistan campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to utilize the influence Team Pakistan has developed by participating in the Street Child World Cup 2014 for pushing agenda of children living and/or working on streets in Pakistan with the State, the civil society and the general public and promote art, culture and sports as vehicles for realizing rights and protection of children.

The specific objective of the campaign is to advocate the draft policy and plan of action for children living and/or working on streets at federal and provincial level and gather feedback on the same from government and civil society from all provinces. National Assembly adopted a unanimous resolution recommending the federal and provincial governments to conduct a national survey for children living and working on the streets. The resolution expressed appreciation for the team that won the Bronze medal in the Street Child Football World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

Karachi Youth Initiative (KYI) (2014)

Over the past decade, Karachi has been beset by ever-increasing levels of violent extremism, characterized by violent protests, inter-ethnic, political, and religious conflict, record-breaking murder rates, and terrorist activity. KYI is a programme funded by USAID and its main focus is violent extremism in youth of Karachi. KYI works through implementing partners. Azad foundation has become a partner with KYI in November 2013, to find out and address the factors at work or existence of violence and extremism among street children in Karachi. This project is two-fold; the direct beneficiaries include street children and the communities at risk of conversion. Different grass root advocacy capacity building and awareness raising activities are conducted with children and members of six vulnerable communities in Karachi mainly, Korangi, Orangi, Liyari, Maripur, Sorab Ghot and Abbas Town.

Save the Children (2014)

Save the Children will support Sindh governments in the implementation of the Juvenile Justice System Ordinance (JJSO) 2000 to improve criminal justice system for the children in contact with law by 2014. With this project, Azad Foundation aims to contribute in areas of Advocacy, Capacity Building, Institutional Support and Service Provision for achieving the expected result.

DOSTI (2013)

Under the overall umbrella of its Sports for Development programme, Azad Foundation has launched a project in partnership with British Council. The project is called DOSTI and it aims to positive change in social behaviors and activities in at-risk children and youth connected with streets in 2 vulnerable communities of Karachi. The duration of the project is one year. Peace building, conflict resolution and promotion of tolerance are some of its aims.

Strengthening Institutions and Policy Advocacy for Children Living and/or Working on Streets (2013)

Azad Foundation has launched its new programme for children living and/or working on streets in collaboration with UNICEF. This programme is the direct reflection of AF’s strategic programme planning completed last year. The components of the programme range from developing and institutionalizing standards for service provision to children living and/or working on streets to preventing at-risk children from coming to streets by engaging them in our Sports for Development Programme, education and vocational training programme focused at communities. Another facet of the programme is policy advocacy to strengthen legislation for child protection and child rights in Sindh and institutionalization of child rights and protection education in Police Training.

Capacity and Institutional Development of Probation Department (2013)

Street connected children often come in contact with law an juvenile justice system. Probation department plays a very important role in diverting these children from a fate of life time crimes to rehabilitation and reintegration. Understanding the importance and the need to strengthen this component of the Home Department, Azad Foundation is working with the Probation Department of Sindh to develop systems and build capacities of both the individuals and the department.

Street Child World Cup (2012)

Street Child World Cup is an international football event organized to highlight rights and protection issues of Children Living and/or Working on Streets around the world. Azad Foundation provided a platform to these street children to showcase their talent and now they are the heroes of the ‘Street Children World Cup 2014’. Pakistani team had 9 players in total; they not only participated but also proved their talent and won the bronze medal after defeating India, Kenya, Mauritius and the Philippines.

Sports for Development (2012)

Azad Foundation opted for deinstitutionalization in late 2011 and started service provision on streets later next year through mobile units and social mobilizers. Sports for development is the next evolutionary stage of the same strategy. Sport is recognized globally as means of healthy development of both children and adult. It is also proven to be the perfect vehicle for human development and peace-building in the society. Azad Foundation is utilizing the power of sports to engage children and vulnerable communities for protective and preventive measures. Initially, we have a pilot intervention launched in 3 communities of Karachi. Our scale up plan includes all 5 districts of Karachi and all of Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Quetta, Multan, Faisalabad, Sukkur, Hyderabad and Mardan in next five years.

Street Children Resource Center (2011)

Azad Foundation with support of UNICEF established a first of its kind street children resource center. This resource center promotes evidence based planning and programming for Children Living and/or Working on Streets. Furthermore, it provides opportunities for capacity building to government officials, civil society members, media affiliates and teachers/students of Universities and Colleges through short/long term training courses and project assignments. Its evidence producing/research and communication for development organs also support the policy advocacy and promotional efforts of Azad Foundation’s programmatic interventions (www.streetchildren.org.pk).

Deep Sea (2009)

Deep Sea Project was initiated with the support of UNICEF as part of Day Care Center Project to explore the vulnerabilities of children working in deep sea and to design protective services and early warning system for vulnerable children which would deter a reasonable number of children becoming part of street life.

DEHLEEZ (2007)

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.

Drug Abuse Treatment & HIV/AIDs Prevention (2007)

This pilot project was initiated in 2007 to lower the susceptibility of street children to drug addiction and HIV/AIDS through improved effectiveness of public institutions and NGO delivery of services in collaboration with UNODC Pakistan. Almost 800 Children Living and/or Working on Streets were rehabilitated during this project.

DOST (2005)

In the year 2005, Azad Foundation and UNICEF got into partnership for provision of prevention and protection services through 4 drop-in centers to the street children in Karachi, policy and procedure development with government and awareness raising among masses during project tenure. During this project many successes were seen and new interventions have born out of it such as Sports for Development, Sindh Task Force on Street Children, Sindh Technical Working Group on Child Protection, Minimum Standards for Package of Services for Children Living and/or Working on Streets and Street to Satellite; a radio show for Children Living and/or Working on Streets. The project evolved after full adaptation of AF deinstitutionalization strategy in year 2012 and service provision through centers has been replaced by mobile units of the same capacity and having ability to reach out to much larger population of Children Living and/or Working on Streets. The project reached out to over 8,000 Children Living and/or Working on Streets during its tenure.

DASTAK (2004)

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 Luxemberg 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.

Mobile Dispensary (2003)

With support from corporate sector in Karachi and other private donors Azad Foundation started a mobile dispensary unit in 2003 to address healthcare and disease problems of street children in Karachi. It was very first project of Azad Foundation which marked a huge success and 2,000 Children Living and/or Working on Streets in Karachi benefited from this service. This project evolved into rehabilitation and drop in center, ‘Dasak’ as its logical end.