The main purpose of this study was to assess the Causes, Consequences and Coping Strategies of Streetism in Shashemane Town. The research method used in this study was mixed method, in order to collect the data and analysis the research quantitatively as well as qualitatively. In this study Purposive and availability sampling technique was used. The participants were 150 street children in Shashemane town and five key informants in Shashamane town which consists in the town women and children affairs head and District Social Welfare Officers, NGOs working in the study area and Police officers in the town. The main data gathering instruments/tools used for this study were questionnaire, interview, document analyses and FGDs. The data pertinent to the study was gathered through questionnaire and analyzed by using descriptive statistics (percentage, frequency,). The result of the study revealed that children came to the streets for searching job, poverty, parental disintegration, peer pressure, family influence, city life attraction, school failure. This study also shows that street children are engaged in diverse livelihood activities that to earn income by shoe shining, involving in petty trading, carrying of goods and other activities. Most children in the study area pass through tremendous problems while living and working on streets. some of the problems they encounter include; lack of basic needs including (food, clothing and shelter), lack of access to services such as education and other services, exposure to aversive weather conditions (sun heat, cold rain), encounter abuses; physical, psychological and sexual.
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