The CSC is the leading international network committed to creating a better and sustainable future for street children around the world. Their Street Child Champions Award is now in its second year. This year, the focus is on recognising those who are working in communities to help street children to realise their rights.
Nominated by SOS Children, Golden Mwinsa has been working for the charity for four years. As Social Outreach Worker in Eastern Zambia, he has helped to establish the SOS Family Strengthening Programme in Chipata, a deprived town with a particularly high rate of family breakdown and child abandonment. Around one in six of all children in Chipata are orphans, compared to one in 12 in the general population.
Golden has supported 500 children to gain access to education, giving them hope for a brighter future outside of the slums in which they have grown up (see photo, right). Representatives from SOS Children have credited Golden’s "utmost commitment to any project he undertakes" and his contribution to helping the charity to achieve lasting change for disadvantaged children in Zambia.
Golden is one of 15 nominees for this year’s award. The winner will be announced at the CSC Annual General Meeting on Thursday 11th October and will be presented with a cheque for £1000 to be used towards a project of their choosing.
SOS Children in Zambia
SOS Children have been working in Zambia for 13 years. We work with communities through our Family Strengthening Programmes to help prevent children from losing the care of their families and ending up on the streets. For children who are orphaned or abandoned, we ensure that they can grow up safely and enjoy their childhoods by offering them a home in our SOS Children’s Villages. Find out more about our new SOS Children’s Village in Chipata which is opening on 10th October 2012.