Over 25 internationally renowned experts will speak at the conference - giving delegates the chance to deepen their knowledge of current thinking and new research on street-connected children.

Meet international experts in: ending family violence, recovery from trauma and sexual abuse, missing children, reintegrating street-connected children, child development, clinical psychology, family therapy, arts therapy, and child protection.

Karesma Mushi (BA, Sociology; MA, Development Studies) has more than ten years’ experience working in Psychosocial Care and Support (PSS) programmes for children. She has experience facilitating PSS at different levels, from community, programme to international. Currently she is working as a programme officer for REPSSI (the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative, working across East and Southern Africa). Karesma has a passion to see children’s wellbeing improve through family and community care and she supports community parenting.

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WORKSHOP: Hero book making (with Divina James)

A hero book is a series of autobiographical storytelling and art exercises, designed to support children and youth to identify one significant but manageable psychosocial obstacle that is standing between them and their goals, and to further support them to find ways to gain more power over this obstacle. The aim of developing a hero book is to develop survivors, good citizens and solution-finders. Hero books use a narrative approach to help young people develop a second life story; stories of resilience and hope for the future. In the process of developing a hero book, young people learn that they are not defined by the problems they have such as being orphans, children living on the street, children living with HIV or children living in poverty; rather they are survivors who are resilient, can make decisions about their own lives and futures and can support those around them. At the end of the process young people are expected to have a story book of their own making. It is at this stage where children begin to feel that they are the heroines and heroes in their own lives.