Snapshot of the issue
Each year between 900 and 1 250 boys and girls between six and 18 years old leave home to fend for themselves on the streets of Cape Town. These children leave home to escape physical abuse and neglect or have been sent away from families that cannot support them. These children report that they eat better on the streets than they do at home. The female street children are the poorest of the poor. Girls are a minority group on the street - an average of 12% of street children are girls. They have the lowest status at home and on the street.