KASA-Children

More than 100 children and adolescents between the ages of 3 and 24 belong to KASA programmes. More than 60 of them live permanently in the project's own children's home. A few children were successfully reintegrated into their families and lives with their family members. Until further notice, these families will be accompanied by KASA employees.

The backgrounds  of the kids and the reasons why the kids are now in KASA are very different and range from neglect, abuse to child labour to the exposure of the children on the street. All these fates have one thing in common: they are all terrible and heartbreaking. Many of the kids are traumatised and have school and social problems. KASA gives them space to develop and to talk about their experiences with their assigned project workers. In the project they get a 2nd chance in life. But none of the kids are to blame for the circumstances and it is all the more admirable to see the kids fighting and not giving up.

The majority of the kids have lived on the street. Young groups between the ages of 9 and 13 in particular join forces in the streets to form gangs to ensure their survival. They had no clothes. Have slept on old cartons in pipes or in bushes. They begged and stole. They searched for their food in the city's garbage dumps and had to starve. Many of the children and adolescents were addicted to intoxicants and, for example, sniffed glue to endure their lives. They were particularly afraid of the police.

KASA gives them a new home, a family, a future.

In the beginning, children and young people often find it difficult to integrate into their new home, because they come from a world where the law of the strongest was applied. You have to relearn the rules of coexistence just like you do going to school. Unfortunately, not all of them manage to do so. But the whole KASA team is working to support the children and young people as much as possible.

Some children have written down their very moving story. We are allowed to publish them here, but out of respect we have changed both the names and the pictures to protect the young people who are now young. They were free to write down what they wanted to write down and the texts were only slightly corrected.

Vivienne


Vivienne tells her story.


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William

William tells his story.


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Johanna


Johanna tells her story.


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