Among the challenges they face are:
1.The children live in violent neighborhoods.
2.Lack of basic services such as tap water,toilets,electricity or heat.Many homes lack furniture.The children sleep on folded card boards.
3.Parents often lock their children in the home when they leave to find work.
4. Impossibility to keep living spaces clean.Lack of soap or cleaning products and very limited water.Walls and floor are often made of mud or materials such as card board.Insects,bedbugs,rats and mice are common.
5.Because of dirt skin conditions are frequent especially among young children.
6.Cooking is done in an open flame.Many children suffer burns.This causes indoor pollution that can lead to respiratory problems,other health issues and death.Such flames may sometimes end up burning the entire house.
7.No clean water is available.Families are supposed to boil water for 10 minutes but firewood is expensive.
8.Rooms are small and many adults and children live in one room.
9.Families pile up used clothing for warmth.Blanket if owned are thin and dirty.
10.Nights are dark and scary.Few families have electricity.A family may have a kerosene lamp that burns for a short time during the evening.
11.Crime rates are also very high and this puts the life of the children and their parents at risk.