Why the Urban Poor?
Children are born into a world which shapes their health, social relationships, opportunities and identity. An enabling and supportive environment is fundamental to realizing children’s rights, including their rights to survival and development. Therefore, Growing up in cities is rapidly becoming the norm for some children, youth and their families who experience both the benefits as well as the risks of urban living.
The quality of housing, water and sanitation has a direct impact on young children’s health and security of tenure. Adequate space and opportunities to play and explore are more indirect influences on children’s well-being.
Children’s development and learning, their close relationships and social interactions are dependent on the quality of places and spaces they inhabit. Children who are already growing up in poverty and other difficult circumstances are the most vulnerable to the environmental impacts of urbanization, including the effects of climate change.
The Urban Poor Often Under-counted
Majority of the urban poor population lives in un-derserved informal settlements/slums in and around the city which can be some of the most hazardous environments in the country for young children and youth to grow.
Living in close proximity to others can be an asset, but it can also mean increased health threats, lack of protection and leave children and youth with little space for play, interaction and increased risks.
The inequalities in environments available to rich and poor urban children are evident in stark contrasts in housing quality and density, especially when the sprawl of slums and shanties sits alongside more affluent neighborhoods.
§formal settlements are often not included in urban statistics and related planning processes because they live in places not gazeted for human inhabitation.
Poverty-line statistics often do not take into account the higher-costs of living in urban areas (i.e. rent; payments for water, use of toilets).
Our overall objective is to support families with young children and youth living in poor urban neighborhoods reach their developmental and life potential.
Specifically, we deliver high-quality child development programs, health and nutrition in partnership with families.
Our hallmark approach in this effort is to build strong partnerships and platforms with both the public and private sector actors delivering services and resources for children and youth.