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Railway Children Africa: Emotional Support for Economic Gain
by Railway Children in 2015
Railway Children Africa presented it's work at the "Keeping families and children together through economic strengthening symposium" in Washington DC. The presentation titled "Emotional support for economic gain: reintegration of children in the streets of East Africa" shows the reintegration work of Railway Children and it's focus on emotional support through a non-judgemental and therapeutic relationship with both the child and the caregiver. For Railway Children economic strengthening work is important but the most important work for family reintegration is emotional and relational. Railway Children's experience working with children living on the streets of East Africa shows that reintegration work needs to focus on helping caregivers to understand the psychological needs of abused and neglected children and adolescents. Based on Bowlby's attachment theory, Railway Children works with families that come from an experience of intergenerational violence and trauma. It's main focus is working to support parents and caregivers to be able to reintegrate street children into their families with family therapy and appropriate economic strengthening support.