No Longer a Street Boy, a Resourceful Youth

Watabaran center for Street Boys

Watabaran Center for street boys (WCSB) provides shelter, education and training for the street boys. There are currently 20 boys staying in the center aged between eleven to seventeen years. The center adopts a policy of living in a homely environment for the rehabilitation of the children. There are two caretakers to guide and help them in their daily routine.

The children go to school located inside the center. The course duration is of two years and is equivalent to grade five according to the education system of Nepal. Basic course of Mathematics, English, Nepali, along with Society and Environment are taught to the children.

The boys are given an option of staying in the center or living on their own. Many boys can\\\'t cope with the minimum rules laid in the center and choose to live on the streets again as they long to have the freedom of a vagabond life they had earlier. We don\\\'t force them to stay instead show ways out that will help them.

The children learn in a simple manner so that neither they loose their street smartness nor staffs escape utilizing this while facilitating. Though, it is very difficult for these children to adjust in a familial atmosphere, we have been able to hold the children back from running away on the streets again and living a carefree life. Children in the Center are guided in such a way that they become more responsible, concerned about their future and are liable to change for their own benefit. They have their set of principles and work accordingly to attain their goals.

Case Study
Miles and miles to go: Rajesh Karki
Growing up on the streets, Rajesh was one among the hundreds of street children who collected plastics for a living. His dream of decent life brought him to Watabaran. He has been in the Center from the very date of its establishment. After completion of an informal education in the Center, he went to a formal school and at present he is studying in grade 8. He has completed his electronic training and is also working as a peer educator in “Mobile Health Service,” a project of CWCN. Now he shares the psychosocial problems of street youth and counsels them. He is also responsible for the hospital referred cases. Today when he peeks into his past, he feels, he didn’t exist then. He has realized the importance of life after coming to Watabaran. He wants to continue his education and his duty as he enjoys it. He has come a long way from a street boy to a street educator but feels he still has miles to go.


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