What and Where
Providing educational opportunity for the world's poorest children - Street Child Charity
providing educational opportunity for some of the world's poorest children in west africa and nepal
Where We Work
Street Child began its work in Sierra Leone in 2008 working with a small number of street children, eight years later we have helped to transform the lives of more than 50,000 children across Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nepal. In 2017 we launched our first project in Nigeria helping children impacted by conflict in the North East to access education.
Why Sierra Leone?
When Street Child began its work, Sierra Leone was considered to be the poorest nation in the world [UN World Poverty Index 2008]. This was just one of many statistics that made a compelling case for Sierra Leone to become the focus of the charity’s work.
Street Child began its work in Sierra Leone supporting street children, our focus is now broader than this, but helping children who are living on the streets with no access to education or a home is still a core part of what we do.
In 2014, Street Child's activities in Sierra Leone were immeasurably altered by the emergence of the Ebola crisis. Already working in 32 locations across Sierra Leone and in Monrovia, Liberia, Street Child led the way in helping Ebola’s orphans to find families to support them and - once schools reopened - supporting them to return to school.
In 2016 Street Child began a new focus on girls' education. Across Sierra Leone and Liberia we will be helping 10,000 girls to access education and tackling the barriers to girls' education including poverty, teenage pregnancy, early marriage, loss of a caregiver and a lack of support from adults and the community.
More than 1 million children were left out of school as a result of the Nepal earthquake in 2015 with over 50,000 classrooms destroyed or damaged. In May 2015, in recognition of our effective and rapid response during the West African Ebola Crisis, Street Child was asked to work with local partners in Nepal to assist in re-establishing education in some of the country's worst-affected communities.
As part of the recovery phase of the earthquake response, UNICEF appointed Street Child as the lead education organisation in Okhaldhunga, one of the hardest to reach districts affected by the earthquake. Working with local partners, Street Child is building safe learning spaces to ensure children can continue to go to school.
As we've been re-building schools in earthquake-affected communities, we have identified pockets of 'invisible' children who have no access to education at all, including children of brick workers where often whole families will live and work on site for the entire six month brick season – during which time children are often living in dangerous conditions, exposed to labour and out of school. We’ve partnered with grass-roots charity Kopila Nepa who are experienced in providing children of brick kiln workers with an accelerated learning programme where they learn a year’s curriculum in just six months.
Liberia has the world's highest proportion of out of school primary-school aged children and is not expected to reach universal education until 2100. It also ranks 146 out of 155 countries in terms of gender inequality.
In 2013 we launched our first project in Liberia, helping street children in the capital, Monrovia. Since then we have supported over 8,500 children and trained over 150 teachers, including helping 1,500 Ebola impacted children to go back to school once schools re-opened following the crisis.
Recently, we have been chosen as the new partner for the Liberia Schools Partnership Initiative, taking on 12 schools in 3 counties in Liberia providing a quality education for 3,000 children. Our Flagship Academies have provided training and support for 100 teachers.
In pursuit of improved teaching and learning in Liberian schools, the partnership between the Government and Street Child of Liberia is taking an innovative approach to tackling the challenges of the education system.
In 2017 we launched a new programme in partnership with Geneva Global giving out-of-school children the chance to go to school with an accelerated learning programme teaching 2 years of curriculum in just six months.
Since 2011, conflict in north Nigeria has forced more than two million people to flee their homes.
Education has been actively targeted in the region. Schools have been destroyed and teachers have been killed.
We want to provide safe, inclusive spaces for children to learn. We want to give these children the chance to go to school.
We have just launched our first programme in Nigeria, helping 150 conflict-affected children to go to school and giving 30 women vocational training and business grants. But this is just the beginning.
Over three million children are out of school. Over 20,000 unaccompanied children are seriously at risk and fighting for survival after losing or becoming separated from their parents during the conflict.
We want to use our expertise in education and in reconnecting orphans and street children with families to give these children a future. With your support, we have the power to stop these children from becoming a lost generation.
We believe that every child deserves the right to be empowered through education. Working in some of the poorest areas in the world, we strive to ensure that every child has the chance to go to school.