Footprints provides outreach to children who find themselves on the streets in Zambia. We support them with the objective of moving them off the street into partner organisations or back to their own family to give them a brighter future.
There is a huge amount of pressure on all of the organisations working with vulnerable children in Lusaka. Running centres and adequately supporting children already rescued from the streets is time and resource intensive and as a result many organisations with these commitments find their ability to work directly with children still on the streets is limited.
The unique focus of Footprints is based on the vision of founders, Nikki and Vasco: visits to the streets and vulnerable individuals should always allow us to spend quality time with the children, talking to them, getting to know them and gaining their trust. We do this as often as possible, spending as long as we are able in each place and working with the children where they are. This work involves activities for the children: football, dancing, cooking food and playing games. This is a hugely successful formula as it allows the children to feel valued, have fun, and most importantly bond with us and feel that they can trust us enough to confide and engage with our volunteers.
Preventing HIV through education programmes, testing for HIV, and supporting children living with HIV
Supporting individual needs
Giving practical help to children on the street who find themselves in difficult circumstances with no parents to help them
Giving children a healthy and happy childhood
Providing essential food, clothing, books, games and play activities to and through local organisations
Promoting a wider understanding in both Zambia and the UK issues that Street Children face
Footprints is a Registered Charity in the UK and Zambia. Staff and trustees include
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Last week Footprints was asked to help mobilise 1000 street children as the Vice President of Zambia, Inonge Wina, wanted to host a lunch for them in the Civic Centre Grounds on Sat 17th Oct. We visited all the usual places to promote the event: Cairo Road, Soweto Market, Burma Road, Intercity, Kamwala, Manda Hill traffic[…]
This isn’t an easy subject to write about. If you have been watching our Facebook page, you will already know it hasn’t been a great week for Footprints in Zambia. Three boys who live on the streets have died of various causes over a very short period of time and our team is now heavily focussed[…]