“I have always believed in being the change in the world that you want to see”
In 2008, Tom Dannatt travelled out to Sierra Leone, then the poorest country in the world. Whilst there, he witnessed unimaginable poverty.
Children as young as five were living, working or surviving on the streets; they were alone, out of school and without hope for the future. He was inspired to act.
So, Street Child was born.
The plan: to find one hundred street-connected children and help them back into a family and back to school.
Since then, we have helped over 200,000 children to go to school and supported over 15,000 families to set up businesses in some of the world's toughest places.
Who We Are
We are Street Child.
We believe every child deserves the chance to go to school and learn.
Currently, 121 million school-aged children are out of education world-wide. Millions more children are in school but failing to learn.
Street Child believes that achieving universal basic education is the single greatest step that can be taken towards the elimination of global poverty.
What We Do
We recognise that the barriers to education are complex and interlinked, and our projects focus on a combination of education, child protection and livelihood support to address the social, economic and structural issues that underpin today’s education crisis.
Wherever we work, we partner with local organisations and communities and take an outcome-led approach.
We use evidence to drive learning and the constant refinement and scale-up of programmes that create maximum impact for the most children at the lowest cost.
Where We Work
Street Child prides itself on being willing to go to the world’s toughest places where others won’t, including remote, hard-to-reach areas and fragile, disaster-affected states.
We are currently based in ten countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Nepal, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka and Uganda.
Our focus is on low-cost sustainable solutions that make a real difference to the children we support.
Since 2008, we have helped over 200,000 children to go to school and learn and supported over 15,000 families to set up businesses so they can afford the cost of educating their children long-term.