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WHO IS HE?
- He had a strong commitment to the local branch of Chiro, an important youth movement in Belgium.
- He studied industrial design and development cooperation.
- He worked with a Columbian association for street kids.
- He created Mobile School in 1998.
WHAT PROBLEM IS HE TARGETTING?
- There are 100 million street kids globally. 90% of them that visit a drop-in centre leave within 48 hours (internal evaluation of 40 projects).
- Many programs aimed at helping street kids fail as they are not given sufficient means to achieve a radical change to their lives.
- In the field, actors are often ill equipped to help the children as they do not take into account the qualities developed by these children in the street.
- To enable street kids to take their future in their own hands: helping to boost their self-esteem to value the qualities acquired to survive (creativity, positivity etc…).
- To create adapated education tools: to bring into account ‘their’ environment.
- To build on existing land: by transferring the tools and methodology of Mobile School to facilitate a familiar context for the children to work in.
- To create evaluation systems: based on the individual context and essential elements of reintroducing self-esteem and to monitor the progress of each child.
- To develop a business: through training and transferring skills directly to the streets (Streetwize in Belgium) to empower all activities.