News from Bulgaria – A guide against street violence: sharing the most efficient strategies through an international platform
The Alliance for Children and Youth – the social street workers organisation from Bulgaria member of Dynamo International – participated in creating a Practitioner’s training guide as part of a street and peer violence prevention program. The program is a product of the European's federation for street children project called “European Street Children Anti-Violence Program and Exchange” (ESCAPE) financed through DAPHNE III.
The ESCAPE project aims to develop street as well as peer violence prevention and contrast strategies specifically addressed to street children and adolescents with migration background or belonging to ethnic minorities. Such strategies will be shared among partners from Eastern and Western Europe, in order to create a transnational platform able to promote effective actions against street and peer violence and harmful lifestyles.
The project focuses mainly on:
- exchanging knowledge about the possibilities of intervening as a social street worker,
- fostering a transnational platform for a strict cooperation between social street workers from eastern and western European country.
- modeling and developing effective educative prevention programs aimed to prevent street violence and risk behavior related to drug or alcohol abuse or the carrying of weapons.
Find out more about the project here.
Ulyana Matveeva, Alliance for Children and Youth, member of Dynamo International
News from Peru – New responsibilities for REDENAC: towards a dialogue with public authorities
Since February 2013 REDENAC, the network of social street workers in Lima / Peru, meets on a regular basis in order to create a guide line on ethics and good practice for the approach of social street workers towards the street population. For that effect, certain members can participate more easily in the network, without the support of a project or an institution.
REDENAC also takes part in the meetings for the national program Llachay, the section of the ministry for women and vulnerable groups that actively works with the populations at risk in the streets of Lima. The program aims at exchanging experiences, points of views and attitudes towards a problem that only recently has gained some visibility on the level of central government. Through the work of this ministry the government shows a true motivation to make good use of REDENAC’s experience for new policy proposals. For the moment, the government has integrated the elaboration of ethical guide lines as an important point into its agenda. REDENAC has been assigned the responsibility for the commission in charge of this work – a great task that we fulfill thanks to our team work.
It is important to point out that, in ten years, it is the first time we reach such a high level of communication and willingness to dialogue between the government and civil society on the issue of people living in the street.
Fabrizio Caciano, member of the platform America of Dynamo International
News from Greece – “No Child on the Street!” : ARSIS in action against Child work
For the day against Child work on June 12th, ARSIS – Greek member of Dynamo International – has worked on raising visibility of the exploitation of children in Greece.
Between May 2012 and May 2013 ARSIS has localised 900 children working between 6 and 12 hours per day in Athens and Thessaloniki. The ONG organised awareness-raising actions in both cities. A conference about “Child work, exploitation and trafficking minors in Greece” and the distribution of information material aimed at developing a better understanding of the causes of Child work among the population and stakeholders. For concrete and material support of the children, ARSIS organised a food collection.
Find further information in the press release of ARSIS.
News from Belgium – TRACES DE RUE: A new federation of social street workers
Dear friends and colleagues,
I am happy to announce the creation of Traces de Rue (street traces), the French speaking federation of social street workers, in February 2013. Traces de Rue was made possible thanks to the motivation and persistence of a social street workers collective that wants to promote social change.
There are many challenges to face and difficult tasks to fulfill. We want to offer the right answers to the needs and interests of social street workers and the destabilized populations they work with, who are often confronted to complex situations of social exclusion.
Social street workers have the duty to speak up when their fieldwork gives them insight into social problems that require improvement of the conditions of coexistence and therefore a change in social policy and the political thinking in order to foster social cohesion as a precondition for social justice.
In a social context that is more and more centered on securitarian and control based policies, in which social work ethics and moral codes are often jeopardised, it seemed essential to us to create a social street workers French speaking federation Traces de rue in order to reinforce and to raise visibility of our actions and thoughts.
Through our work we aim to:
- promote a conception of social street work aiming at emancipation of the people and enabling individuals or collectivities to escape from all forms of exclusion.
- promote knowledge and recognition of social street work and the specificity of social work, as well as to support the ethics, professional moral codes and the methodology as defined in our charter.
- defend access to human rights and their implementation for and with the people we work with question and call out on politicians.
- organise activities concerning our professional practices.
Do not hesitate to visit our web site to learn more about our planned activities: www.travailsocialderue.be
Véronique Martin, Traces de Rue, Belgian Platform member of Dynamo International
Dynamo International’s participation in the “Learning Forum” of the European Anti Poverty Network (Laulasmaa - Estonia, 21-25 May 2013)
Dynamo International, represented by Adelaïde Trousselard, took part in the first « Learning Forum » organised by the European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN). Dynamo International has become a member of the Platform in 2012. The purpose of the forum was to allow the organisations who fight poverty to share their competences and experiences and to learn more about concrete poverty situations in the more or less ten countries that were represented. The participation in the meeting was not limited to the European continent since EAPN is a member of Dignity International, the organisation that unites the actors working with vulnerable populations on different continents (www.dignityinternational.org).
The event was the possibility for representatives of the different national organisations of the EAPN to get to know each other. The members of Dynamo International can benefit from these new connections to organise joint actions with new partners. It was the occasion to better understand local realities and to meet Estonian political actors and associations during field visits. The Forum allowed raising visibility of Dynamo International and the social street work as a way of approaching vulnerable persons.
A Facebook page has been created for this event. On the webpage of EAPN you can find the program, pictures, and all the presentations that were shown during the different workshops:
Adelaïde Trousselard, Project officer