Aparajeyo considers that children in a street situation are victims of an intolerable violation of the rights stipulated in the UNCRC, particularly to the rights to a home, identity, protection, food, health, education, and to express oneself. AB is an advocate for street children, ensuring that their issues and interests are represented on the national, regional and international stage. For example, AB networks with the Consortium for Street Children in UK and is a member of Bangladesh Sishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF), which organises a series of forums to promote and protect the rights of street children. AB has a two-pronged approach to working with CSS. AB’s preventative approach addresses the long-term needs of poor urban families in order to ensure their children do not come to the streets. Its curative approach addresses the reasons that force children to turn to the streets, such as poverty, abuse or natural disaster, and the factors that make the street a more attractive alternative. For children from a poverty-stricken rural household who have lost one or both parents to re-marriage, polygamy disease etc, the streets of large towns and cities may seem to offer more economic opportunities. For children abused at home they might seem like a safer option. AB believes that the most important thing is to talk to young people first. Many children working or living on the street are highly resourceful and independent, and may be skeptical of adults and what they can do for them. The program was designed in collaboration with the children themselves, making use of their knowledge and experience, which makes it more likely to be successful in the long term. In light of the reality and sufferings of children in a street situation, Aparajeyo set its objective, selected the target group and designed its programme in ways so that the street children are empowered, positively develop and progress through each stage of its programme sequentially. Aparajeyo operates 21 Open-Air Street Schools, 16 in Dhaka and 5 in Chittagong, located in strategic parts of the cities and are the entry points and/or working place for children – railway, launch and bus terminals, sea beach, busy markets, parks, etc. The school spots are acquired free of cost from the community or relevant authorities. The schools function for 2 hours everyday, 6 days a week and hours are decided with children so that it does not impede their earning ability. The street schools are the initial point of contact. When our Educators makes contact with a child, the most important task is to build a trusting relationship. Children are encouraged to join the schools where they receive non-formal education, recreation, first aid & health education, referrals to Aparajeyo’s Children’s Clinic in Dhaka or government/private hospitals, sensitized on child rights, child trafficking, Abuse & Exploitation issues etc. When a child proves his/her commitment to participate regularly in the programme and develops a positive approach to life, they are encouraged to move to our shelter programme as per their needs and demands. The 4 Drop In Centres (DICs), 3 in Dhaka and 1 in Chittagong, located on the doorstep of CSS, maintain a child friendly environment and attract CSS to attend spontaneously. CSS who attend the (DICs) feel that the centers are theirs and that they are in the right place. The DICs aim to persuade children to opt for a more constructive lifestyle and take the opportunity to shape a better future. We acknowledge that in many cases the choices made by the children are influenced by their economic needs. The DICs provide open house facilities to street children from 8:30 to 17:30 everyday. The DICs guarantee personal safety and a place for rest, and to make friendships. Children may attend non-formal education, recreation and receive medical attention including health education and training on HIV/AIDS/STI prevention. There are facilities for bathing, washing clothes, self-cooking and lockers. Staffs are on hand to offer counseling and support. We can also find out what is happening on the streets and what new dangers there might be. We can find out news of other children or hear about others who are sick or who have disappeared from sight. The focus is on informal friendship in a non-judgmental, friendly environment. The 4 Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs, 3 in Dhaka and 1 in Chittagong, are located within busy commercial areas, offers day and night shelter to children and operates 7 days a week. The aim of the club is to provide a child-friendly, safe and yet challenging environment, whilst offering children various options to reshape their lifestyle or, in some cases, the possibility of re-integration with their families. The Club operates in a relaxed, but structured atmosphere as it seeks to respond to the expressed needs of the children themselves. A high emphasis is placed on building mutual trust. Additionally, it offers subsidized meals, secure lockers for their personal belongings, personal health and hygiene facilities, non-formal education, recreation, skills training, access to personal counseling, motivation and health care facilities including health education and training on HIV/AIDS/STI prevention. The norms and values at the Club induce self-discipline and mutual respect of the children and they feel that they actually belong to the center. The 2 Hostels are located in residential areas of Dhaka city. The children here have already passed a transitory period at Aparajeyo’s Clubs and are stable as well as disciplined. The Hostels aim to equip the residential children with education, life skills, knowledge, confidence and the commitment to enable them to move away from the risks associated with living on the streets and prepare them for a more responsible and stable life style in the community. The young boys and girls are helped to choose between further academic education and vocational training.