Much of the focus of the Outreach Centre is street outreach. To carry this out Sunrise of Life is privileged to have the support of the surrounding community and many volunteers join the Outreach Team every week. This team will go to the streets during the day and during the night. The purpose of doing outreach at different times like this is so that all children who are living on the streets can be targeted. In Arusha there are some children who come to the streets only during the day. These children are usually newer to the streets and are well on their way to living permanently on the streets. It is important to have contact with these children so that they can be educated on where they could end up, and be given resources to return to their home communities if they wish. Night outreach targets the long-term street children, who live and breath the streets. Many of these children come from communities far from the city. Often these children do not want help because they are addicted to glue, alcohol and marijuana.
SUNRISE OF LIFE OUTREACH CENTRE
A vital part of the outreach program in Arusha is reuniting children with their home communities. Many children come to the streets against the will of their home communities. Often the outreach workers are finding that when they bring these children home they are welcomed back. Other times it is found that the conditions the child was living under drove him or her to the streets. The primary effort of the Outreach Centre is always to reunite the children with their families. If this is not possible Sunrise of Life explores other options such as moving the child to the Residential Centre where they receive an education, or correcting the catalyst in the community that originally drove the child to the streets.
The Outreach Centre also has a number of beds for children who show a strong desire to live a better life away from the streets. Currently there are about 4 children living at the Outreach Centre. We are currently creating a separate fund for these children so that when they are ready to be transferred to the Residential Centre the basic supplies for the children can be purchased, as well as the first term of school fees.