Some of the most creative approaches to meeting the needs of marginalized children and young people involve bringing those services to the places where children are hidden. Invisible Children highlights CBOs that have developed programs to reach those otherwise beyond reach – educating children as they scavenge on train platforms in India, recruiting girls away from forced domestic service at the garbage dumps they visit during their one daily trip outside their homes, or bringing schools and hygiene to rag pickers in Cambodia’s slums.
These examples are drawn from all over the world, illustrating organizations of various sizes and origins, but all sharing the common bond of developing solutions that are reflective of their particular societies and authored from the ground up. As well, the programs offered by these examples illustrate holistic approaches that cross the boundaries between traditionally siloed issues.
Ch. 6: Meeting Children Where They Are
Innovative Community-Based Organizations at the Grassroots