Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo – created in 2006
The Congo is going through a period characterized by the great vulnerability of part of its population, a situation accentuated by the crisis and the economy’s heavy dependence on oil revenues. The SamusocialPointe-Noire(SSPN), created in 2006 at the request of the town hall, aims to help a particularly vulnerable population, children and young people in street situations.
In order to compensate for the shortcomings in terms of sustainable and equitable inclusive public services, SamusocialPointe-Noire continues its daily monitoring activities according to Samusocial International’s emergency method and has recently set up a professional support project for young adults.
The year 2021 marks an important step forward for the deepening of the coordination of actions between the SamusocialPointe-Noire and some of its partners, in particular those participating in the project “Kintuadia Samu Na Bana” financed by the European Union (joint marauding, setting up of common orientation circuits for training, consultation meetings). This has allowed, and will allow, a better coordination of actions for a greater diversity of care and solutions to get out of the street offered to children and youth.
Mobile Help Teams (EMA)
The mission of the Mobile Assistance Teams, composed of a caregiver, a social worker and a driver/social worker, is to go, day and night, to meet the Children and Youth living on the street on the street (EJVRs), in their living quarters, in order to carry out a medical and psychosocial diagnosis, to provide them with care and attention, and if necessary, to give priority to referring the children most at risk.
Emergency accomodation/Day center
An emergency shelter with nursing and psychological care (CHUSIP) offers a short- and medium-term housing solution for a capacity of 24 children. The aim is to welcome and provide close accompaniment, but also to work on their project to leave the street. This marauding-center system is complemented by the day care and long-term accommodation centers of SamusocialPointe-Noire‘s partners, where the teams carry out medical-psychosocial consultations.
Orientation and integration assistance
SamusocialPointe-Noire is the first link in the care chain, from emergency to leaving the street. Children and young people registered in a street exit project benefit from the structured environments offered by CHUSIP and its partner centers to finalize their projects (literacy, schooling, return to the family, professional training).
Advocacy actions are developed within the REIPER network (RÃ©seau des Intervenants sur le PhÃ©nomÃ¨ne des Enfants de la Rue) of which SamusocialPointe-Noire is a member. These actions are an extension of the consultation framework created in 2014 with a view to carrying out collective and concerted actions with all stakeholders, including local authorities, for an efficient child protection system.
Support to partner associations
In order to provide a range of referral solutions that meet the diversity of needs and situations of children and young people living on the streets, SamusocialPointe-Noire supports care structures such as health structures, partner shelter centers, training centers, etc. This can take the form of financial and material support for the care of referred beneficiaries, by providing on-the-spot care or even training and awareness-raising on the methodology and methods of care for this population.
Key figures 2022:
647 Beneficiaries of the action (including 132 girls)
288 day and night outreach activities
110 People sheltered (including 51 girls)
1,575 Social and psychological interviews
2,362 Medical care
2,404 Medical consultations and care
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