African Journal of Social Work

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Non -governmental organisations’ response to substance abuse and sexual behaviours of adolescent street children of Harare central business district

Witness Chikokoa, Emelia Chikokob, Victor. N. Muzvidziwa, Watch Ruparanganda


The paper argues that non-governmental organisations have important roles in the fight against substance abuse and sexuality issues among adolescent street children of Harare Central Business District. However, there is also evidence pointing towards the fact that some of the non-governmental organisations faced numerous constraints. The constraints had compromised the delivery of services by non-governmental organisations to the adolescent street children. . Findings suggest that some of the duty bearers in the name of non-governmental organisations were perpetuating child rights violations on the adolescent street children. The paper adopted qualitative research methodology and street ethnography approach. In analysing the various roles of these organisations, the study adopted the child rights perspective.

KEY TERMS: civil society organisations, street children, nongovernmental organisations

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