Birunda Village Community Project (BVCP), like Liyavo,
is based on a settlement of people displaced by the clashes of the
early 1990s. While on the one hand, Birunda is trying to repeat
the successes and learn from the challenges that have taken place
over the years at LVCP, BVCP is taking a different approach by working
more directly with street children, even before they may be entirely
ready to come in off the streets.
The Birunda project runs a 'drop in' centre with remedial education,
clinic and currently enough room to shelter the 32 children there.
Children are picked up from the streets and brought back to Birunda
for a game of football a wash and a meal. If trust is built and
children are ready to be rehabilitated, they are offered temporary
shelter at BVCP or LVCP. Irrespective of whether children are ready
to be rehabilitated (i.e., begin remedial education, formal education
or vocational training), BVCP offers kids right off the streets
a safe place to come, eat lunch, receive medical treatment, shower,
play with other children and speak to caring adults. In the spirit
of community projects, the local community also benefits from the
clinic (vaccinations, infant growth monitoring, nutritional education,
etc, are available).
As all ICT projects are based on the principles of community development,
children and the local community are involved in project planning,
implementation and management. The local community benefits from
the events planned by Birunda and from the Birunda clinic where
vaccinations, infant growth monitoring, nutritional education, HIV/AIDS
education, etc, are available.