Street Working children
AWEC’s Introduction:
Afghan Women’s Educational Center (AWEC) is a well-known and respected non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in 1991 by a group of educated Afghan refugee women living and working in exile, at the height of intense warfare. AWEC has worked for 26 years to improve the status of women and girls through a focus on education and social empowerment. AWEC continues implementing projects focused on the vulnerable and socially marginalized groups and assisting the aspiring young women who want to create change. Since 1998, AWEC is working with street working children through running comprehensive education, integration, and social development programs for street children.

AWEC’s Position:
AWEC defines street children as those who are working or living on the streets with limited family support/societal protection, and who are exposed to different forms of violence, abuse, and exploitation. Street children include those selling plastic bags, polishing shoes and washing cars, beggars, children working in workshops and restaurants, as well as those sorting through rubbish for scraps of food and items to sell. One of AWEC’s main strategic goals is: to improve access to services and livelihoods options for poor and vulnerable groups of women and children; increasing acceptance and support for them by families and society.Therefore, besides rendering educational support and social services to the vulnerable, AWEC aims to influence stakeholders and policy makers to protect children.

AWEC is committed to the following until 2021:
• Improved access to education for 2000 street/working children and have provided psycho-social support and livelihoods support to these children and their families.
• Increased awareness on civic and basic rights for 2000 street/working children and decreased violence upon them.
• By the end of 2021, government bodies and related institutions provided support for 600,000 street/working children.

AWEC Interventions:
Since 1998, AWEC has been working with street working children through running comprehensive education, integration, and social development programs for street children where thousands of children have learned basic literacy and hundreds have joined formal schooling. Through centers such as Anna’s Center, AWEC aims to provide a safe and accessible space for street working children to receive an education and preparation for integrating into schools or at least have functional literacy. Beside education, skill development and recreational activities children have access to counseling, safety training, and support against hazard and exploitation on the street, and one daily meal at the center.

Highlights of Achievements:
Since 1998, AWEC has worked for Afghan refugee children in Peshawar and continues its work in Afghanistan. Until today, AWEC has provided various services for a total of 4,475 street working children. These services included case management, social services, health and hygiene services, as well as educational training’s in literacy, accelerated learning, computer, English, and vocational training’s such as tailoring, handicraft, flower-making and phone repairing. Approximately 250 children benefit yearly from AWEC’s centers. This year alone, AWEC enabled 50 children to be integrated into public schools.

Services Provided Beneficiaries Donors Number of Beneficiaries
• Social services
• Health and hygiene services
• Educational classes (i.e. Literacy,     Accelerated Learning, English&   Computer.
• Vocational training’s (i.e. tailoring, handicraft, flower-making and phone repairing.
Street working children EU, IRC, SCI, Canada Fund, businesses, AWEC and philanthropists                4,475