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Student Name: Robert Page
School: Flaxmere Primary
Age:
10
Category: About street children
Question:
Dear Peter and Sue, my question is:
When the children live in the tunnels, does it smell?
Answer: Yes, it does get very smelly. The children have to use the corner of the tunnel for a toilet or below the pipes. People throw refuge down the manholes and the pipes leak so it is dank and fetid at the base of the holes. Cockroaches breed very well there. It is hot and there is no ventilation so you can imagine how bad it can get.

Student Name: Gladys Areli
School: Flaxmere Primary
Age:
9
Category: About street children
Question:
Dear Peter and Sue, my question is:
How do the children feel when they live on the street,? do they get scared?
Answer: Yes they do get scared, especially the girls and younger children.
There are quite a few things to be scared of on the streets, especially at night.
It is just like any other city which can be pretty scary late at night.
he older street children and drunks prey on them and often beat them and take their few possessions if they have any.
The girls especially can be victims of sexual abuse.

Student Name: Jaala Te Are
School: Flaxmere Primary
Age:
10
Category: About street children
Question:
Dear Peter and Sue, my question is:
Do the children who live at the centre go out to work, or beg for money once they live there?
Answer: It is very hard to find work for the older children. They have had no training and very little schooling. This is a concern for us and we are always looking for opportunities of work for them. Four of the older teenage girls are now working in a Charity Hospital helping run a soup kitchen. Also they are working in jobs to help renovate this hospital. Women in Mongolia do many jobs that men do in N.Z. For example plastering, bricklaying, painting and general construction work. We certainly discourage the children from begging in the streets and when they in our Centres they don't need to beg as all their needs are met.
I have a funny little story I'll tell you about one of our 'new' boys.
Two of our older boys found him begging on the street and brought him back to the Centre most indignant at his behaviour.
" He was begging on the streets an giving a bad impression of our Centre," they said.

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