On today's show Adrian and Ethan tackle the subject of Street Children around the world. Later, we bring you Part 1 of an earlier interview with the nonprofit, Positive Tomorrows.
April 12 is International Day for Street Children
International Day for Street Children is a special day recognizing the strength and resilience of millions of street children around the world. Celebrated globally since 2012, it is an opportunity to recognize their humanity, dignity and defiance in the face of unimaginable hardships. It’s a time to rally governments and individuals worldwide to work together to ensure their rights are protected no matter who they are and where they live.
A “street” is no place for a child to call 'home'. Most of the world refers to them not as homeless but rather as street youth. The causes of homelessness and the response to the problem differs from country to country.
According to UN sources there are up to 150 million street children in the world today. Chased from home by violence, drug and alcohol abuse, the death of a parent, family breakdown, war, natural disaster or simply socio-economic collapse, many destitute children are forced to eke out a living on the streets, scavenging, begging, hawking in the slums and polluted cities of the developing world.
Being homeless is traumatic for anyone, but especially for a child. The lack of quality, affordable housing is a huge generator of family stress. For homeless children, this toxic-stress exposure affects their health, brain development, learning, memory and long-term functioning.
As schools across the U.S. shutter due to the coronavirus outbreak, school officials have found themselves on the front lines of helping America’s ever-growing population of homeless students, scrambling to provide food, shelter and a sense of safety.
As school districts across the country transition to remote learning, homeless-student liaisons said they are concerned about their students’ access to computers and reliable internet.
That brings us to our highlighted charity, Positive Tomorrows.
Positive Tomorrows began in 1989 as a collaborative effort of community organizations that recognized the educational needs of homeless children were not being met. Today, Positive Tomorrows is a private, tuition-free elementary school meeting the educational and social service needs of homeless children and their families. @positivetomorrows
Their mission is educating homeless children and their families to break the cycle of poverty. As Oklahoma's only elementary school specifically for homeless children, they give kids stability and a quality education while their parents get the support they need to create a better life. Since 1989, they have filled their scrapbooks with countless success stories.
*** UPDATE: Their case managers are working with our families to help them keep and maintain stable housing as well as helping them look for employment if they have lost their jobs during this time. Their teachers are working on a distance-learning plan so that they can continue to provide education to students that takes into account some of the unique circumstances of our families’ access to internet and technology. They will still be providing critical food and home/hygiene items to their kids and families.
Adrian had the opportunity to talk with Susan Agel, the President of Positive Tomorrows about their unique and forward-thinking approach in tackling the unique challenges these students face.
The World Health Organization and Global Citizen announced on Monday that the ‘One World: Together At Home’ global special to air on Saturday, 18 April 2020 in celebration and support of healthcare workers, broadcast to feature real experiences from doctors, nurses and families around the world. This is a globally televised and streamed special in support of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual broadcast will show unity among all people who are affected by COVID-19 and will also celebrate and support brave healthcare workers doing life-saving work on the front lines.
This historic broadcast will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon of ‘The Tonight Show,’ Jimmy Kimmel of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ and Stephen Colbert of ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,’ Friends from Sesame Street Also on hand to help unify and inspire people around the world to take meaningful actions that increase support for the global COVID-19 response.
The event will benefit the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund along with local and regional charities that provide food, shelter and healthcare to those that need help most.