Highlighted Organizations

Global Children Outreach has identified several organizations focused on helping street children and orphans around the world. We would like to highlight their work here. When possible and appropriate, we will assist these groups in their work.

Picture of Project Uere signProject Uerê

Project Uerê (“Project Children of Light”) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, serves over 400 at-risk children in a school-like setting. Its founder, Yvonne Bezerra de Mello, became internationally famous in the aftermath of a 1993 shooting of street children outside the Candelaria Church in Rio. Surviving children called upon her to help, and she became a spokesperson for the street children of Brazil. Project Uerê's specialty is to work with children who have been traumatized due to the violence surrounding them. With proper nurturing, many of these children can move past their learning blocks and succeed in school. Dr. Maria Schmeeckle from Illinois State University visited Project Uerê during the summer of 2007, and saw firsthand the amazing work that is being done there. Project Uerê was the first actual project that Global Children Outreach was inspired to connect with. To learn more about Maria's visit to Uerê, please read the Spring Edition of Illinois State University's Signs and Symbols (starting at page 10).

cover for DVD: The Street Children of KinshasaGilbert Mulamba and The Street Children of Kinshasa

Documentary filmmaker Gilbert Mulamba is the second organizational partner we would like to highlight. Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo but now a scientist in the U.S., Gilbert made a documentary highlighting the plight of street children in his home country. He showed The Street Children of Kinshasa to Illinois State University's Global Review in the Fall of 2007, and members of Global Children Outreach met him there and offered to help. Gilbert's documentary was recently shown at the Pan Africa Film festival in Culver City, California (February 2009). To learn more about our service work with Gilbert and to read a quote from Gilbert, visit our page on his documentary, The Street Children of Kinshasha.

 

Cover of the DVD, Watoto wa Mitaani (Children of the Streets)Liwalo na Liwe

Michael Stewart's foundation, Liwalo na Liwe ("What will be will be") is dedicated to building a learning center for street children in Iringa, Tanzania. Illinois State University professor Andrea Wilson told Global Children Outreach about Michael's work, and we invited him to speak to Illinois State University's Global Review in April, 2008. Michael told us his story of traveling to Africa for research, coming into contact with a group of street children, and making a documentary about them, Watoto wa Mitaani ("Children of the Streets"). Global Children Outreach will be exploring how to assist Michael as he develops his outreach in Tanzania.

 

 

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

School on Wheels logo School on Wheels

Many people do not realize that there are quite a few homeless children in the United States. One innovative organization that has come to our attention is School on Wheels. School on Wheels founder, Agnes Stevens, was one of three individuals from around the world whose organizations were recognized at the 2008 World's Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child ceremony. School on Wheels arranges for tutoring and mentoring of hundreds of homeless children in the southern California area. We at Global Children Outreach have been in touch with Agnes Stevens, and hope to assist School on Wheels in the near future. To learn more about this organization, please click here.

 

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

MyLife Foundation in South Africa logo MyLife Foundation

The MyLife Foundation is a highly recognized organization in Cape Town, South Africa that was started by former film producer Linzi Thomas. This foundation uses a three stage holistic healing approach to help hardened street youth, drawing on an African concept called "Ubuntu" -- that it takes a village to raise a child. Staff members train transformed youth leaders to serve as role models for new children coming into the program. Global Children Outreach is in contact with founder Linzi Thomas, and hopes to assist her foundation in the near future. To learn more about this organization, please click here.

© 2011 Illinois State UniversityPrivacy StatementIdentity StandardsAppropriate Use Policy • Mail comments to: .