I Play, I Learn and I’m Safe

A programme for preventing unsafe migration of children in Ethiopia and Bangladesh by promoting protection, education and play for children on the move.

Millions of children are on the move today, both within and between countries, with or without their parents.The reasons for children to migrate can be poverty, natural disaster, conflict, abuse, lack of education opportunities and lack of life opportunities.

Our programme ‘I play, I learn and I’m safe’ will use play as an activity, a method to learn and a method to heal.

Save the Children will work hand in hand with children on the move to ensure they learn, play and are protected.

To read the press release, follow this link.

Meet the children – Akash in Bangladesh

Meet the children – Akash in Bangladesh

Akash lives on the streets around the main railway station in Dhaka. He has moved to Dhaka on his own.

“I sleep in a sack on the ground when I’m on the streets. I sleep alone. If I sleep in a group, they steal my money.”

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Meet the children – Fiker and Kinfe in Ethiopia

Meet the children – Fiker and Kinfe in Ethiopia

Fiker and Kinfe (not their real names) are friends and live at a busy bus station in Addis Ababa. Both are migrants and live on the streets close to the station.

“To find money, we search for day jobs here at the station. Some people also give me money,” Kinfe says

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Meet the donor – Jonathan Spampinato from the IKEA Foundation

Meet the donor – Jonathan Spampinato from the IKEA Foundation

Jonathan Spampinato is the Head of Communications at the IKEA Foundation that is funding the projects in Bangladesh and Ethiopia.

“Play is not only for small kids; it is something that should accompany us throughout life.”

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Meet the staff – Abubeker from Ethiopia

Meet the staff – Abubeker from Ethiopia

Abubeker Naser has worked in child protection for his entire career, and from November 2016 has taken the lead in the new project in Ethiopia.

“I strongly believe we can make a lasting and positive change for these children.”

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Meet the staff – Mark Pierce, Country Director in Bangladesh

Meet the staff – Mark Pierce, Country Director in Bangladesh

Mark Pierce is Save the Children’s new country director in Bangladesh. He hopes the new project will serve as a model for future projects.

“Ultimately the hope is that we will have a positive impact on children.”

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Meet the staff – Mojib from Bangladesh

Meet the staff – Mojib from Bangladesh

Mojib Ul-Hasan has worked for Save the Children for 11 years. Now he is leading a project he believes will change the lives of children on the move.

“Unsafe migration and trafficking are key child protection problems here.”

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