Interview street children to provide legal aid to them (Kahama Paralegal Aid Organization in Tanzania)

Guys! Street children have a lot of stories concerning their families. KAHAMA PARALEGAL AID ORGANIZATION (KAPAO) in Tanzania started a new project of interviewing street children and provide legal aid to them. We are paralegals doing this project without any donor funds and I advise other paralegals in Africa not to wait for donors. Poor people and children are waiting for you!

Many paralegals in Tanzania they are waiting for customers to came to the office and doing community local meeting. How about street children in bus stand, market place and town cities? Through this project I learned a lot about street children because children are happy to share with other people their dreams and their stories but still people around the communities think bad about them that is not good. We need to change all paralegal unit in Africa.

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Well, the work of paralegal here in the Northeastern part of Nigeria is different from others, paralegals work has an all inclusive intervention focus. Children are most vulnerable alongside women, so it is quite unusual for us not to focus on child protection in the communities. I call on all paralegals to have this at the back of their minds, that land dispute is unending and some how complicated, it takes time to heal. But as a matter of importance, child protection should be taken seriously, where capacity is lacking in this regard, we should make referrals to organizations known to possess expertise.

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In Tanzania we provide legal aid to all to everyone but women and children are most affected group than man

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Am so proud of guys but not only women and children but drug users are most affected group in the community, let us unity and bring just to all vulnerable groups.

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Well, it is of great concern that we deal with drug addicts, but you must be a specialist in it. I quite agree that they are also vulnerable, people living with disability are vulnerable too, we can be effective when we use the pyramid for effective support.

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Juste vous dire que la question posée pour la discussion me semble pas claire, si vous pouvez m’éclaircir.

Bonjour Rita! Vous avez raison - la question posée n’etait pas claire. Est ce que c’est mieux maintenant?

@AndrewExavery I hope you don’t mind but I edited the title and text of your post to try to make it more clear - let me know if I got anything wrong. You are not asking a question but are making the point that paralegals should not only wait in the office for clients to come to them or just rely on local meetings to find out what the community’s needs are. It is helpful to go out into the community to talk to people. This makes sense. :seedling:

In particular you had great success with interviewing children with the microphone! I loved the photos you shared. Those children look so excited, so empowered! Can you share more photos, more specific stories from the children? What are their names? Also, if you can perhaps some audio recordings of your interviews? Feel free to contact me directly if you need help uploading large files.

And finally, you also made the point that as a volunteer paralegal and member of the community, you do not wait for donor funds. Doing street interviews with children is an easy, low effort, “low hanging fruit” :apple: :banana: :pineapple: approach to providing legail aid.

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Hello friend, nice to hear about your works in your respective Organizations. In our side Legal Aid Secretariat (LAS) is preparing to have the Legal Aid Week (LAW) 2016 in which more than 250 Legal Aid Providers including the Paralegals in Tanzania will be more encouraged to offer the Legal Aid Services in different regions of Tanzania. The event is normally conducted in every first week of December. We expect to inaugurate the National Legal Aid Report 2015/2016 as well. We encourage more LAPs including the Paralegals to continues offering the Legal Aid Services to the needy and the marginalized so that the community can be free from legal problems and share the success stories. I am happy to hear about what you are doing around the world as well.

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I am so happy to hear that i will contact with you and sharing more pictures, success stories paralegals @tobiaseigen

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hello @tobiaseigen it’s Kahama Paralegal Aid Organization in Kahama not in Arusha.

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Ah sorry about that I fixed the title to remove Arusha.

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Bonsoir, Excusez moi du faite que je réagie un peu en retard sur votre préoccupation; effectivement les para juristes sont des relais communautaires, il est de leur devoir d’aller dans la communauté sensibiliser et échanger avec la communauté pour cerné ce qu’il y a comme problème à qui on devrait se concerter pour trouver une solution fiable. Cordialement!

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Mr Andrew first of all let me congratulate you for what you are doing,i liked your point about going out to the fields,to the community to find the real peoples situation rather than staying at the office.As we know that information is power,we have to visit the community integrating with them as the way of identifying their available challenges(i.e information) out of that the best changes bringing cannot be made in our community.

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Thank you @nzinyaernest for reviving this post as I had not seen it in October. It is truly inspiring all around - the interviews with street children offer an interesting point of access and the focus for paralegals to engage and go directly to the community is of critical importance as well. Thanks for sharing.

Also related to providing legal aid to vulnerable youth, we had an interesting discussion topic on youth acting as paralegals themselves in some countries that may be of interest to those of you working within children’s rights.

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Michael Otto thank for the response,Am not arranging on how to join the paralegal world so that i can serve my marginalized community.

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