The NGO Oyo Projects - Social Arts has been working with street children in DR Congo since 2012. In Kinshasa, 200,000 children create income through panhandling, theft or prostitution. They are organized into gangs that face off with rival gangs and compete for the limited resources available. Oyo Projects functions as an initial reception center for these often traumatized children.
Oyo Projects offers a regular program for 25 children. They receive food, medical treatment and clothing. Twice a week, a teacher teaches arithmetic, reading and writing. Painting, theater and music are also included in the curriculum. Activities such as mural painting, concerts and performances draw attention to the dire situation experienced by these children.
Currently the Oyo Projects activities take place in public youth centers. This venue leads to conflicts, as many children have behavioral problems. With our support, in 2023, permanent rooms will be rented and developed into a cultural center. Workshops for plastic recycling, visual arts, a music studio and a sewing workshop will be created. Sanitary facilities will be included to increase the participation of young women which will help facilitate the addition of family planning services.