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Thank you for supporting our Count Me In appeal. 

121 million school-aged children around the world are not in education. That’s not acceptable.

Between 21st November 2018 and 20th February 2019 the UK government matched all public donations to our ‘Count Me In’ appeal, to help children into education in some of the world’s toughest places.

How much did the appeal raise?

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters we raised an incredible total of…

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which was matched by the UK government taking the total to £2.8 million
to help children into education in some of the world’s toughest places.

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Where will the money
raised go?

Public donations to our ‘Count Me In’ appeal will be used to help children into education in some of the world’s toughest places. This support will include paying school fees, buying uniforms and learning materials, training teachers, refurbishing classrooms and building schools.

Match funding from the UK Government of £1.4m will specifically be used for similar work (see graphic) to help more children go to school and learn in Sierra Leone.


International Development Minister Harriett Baldwin said:


“Giving children living in the north of Sierra Leone the chance to go to school means Street Child are making sure they reach their full potential. Instead of spending their days on the streets, they will have a future. I am delighted to announce DFID has matched £1.4m to Street Child’s ‘Count Me In’ campaign, helping to raise a total of £2.8m. This partnership means every pound the British public generously donated will go twice as far.”

Street Child patron Sarah, Duchess of York commented:


“I am delighted to announce that Street Child’s ‘Count Me In’ campaign raised the fantastic total of £1.4M which the UK Government is matching thanks to UK Aid Match.  With the grand total of £2.8M, the amazing team at Street Child will be able to help thousands more children go to school and learn.  Thank you to everyone who supported the appeal and who continues to support Street Child’s work.  During the appeal I visited schools supported by Street Child in Sierra Leone and met children whose lives are being transformed by having access to education. It means so much.”

Highlights of the campaign.


The Gala Dinner.

To mark both our 10th birthday and the launch of our ‘Count Me In’ appeal, we held a glittering gala dinner at Kensington Palace. The event was attended by patrons Sarah, Duchess of York, Nick Hewer and General Lord Dannatt as well as global ambassador HRH Princess Eugenie and our guests were treated to a surprise performance from
X-Factor winner Dalton Harris.

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The Craft Half. 

We celebrated the return of the Craft Half and the Wombles to Wimbledon Common and the launch of our first ever regional Craft Half in Norfolk. Altogether the two events raised an amazing £22,852 in support of our ‘Count Me In’ appeal! Look out for more Craft Half events in Autumn 2019!


The ‘Education in Emergencies’ Advocacy Event.

To bring our ‘Count Me In’ appeal to a close we held a high-level panel discussion on ‘Education in Emergencies’ at the House of Lords. The event was attended by the Duchess and HRH Princess Beatrice.

In the Media.

Articles in a number of national newspapers and magazines ensured we were able to share our message far and wide – highlights included Practical Photography magazine featuring an interview with photographer Chris Parkes about his visit to our work in north-east Nigeria; The Evening Standard travellling with Street Child and Sarah, Duchess of York to report on the launch of our ‘Schools for Tomorrow’ initiative; and an interview with Sarah, Duchess of York and CEO & Founder Tom Dannatt live on ITV’s Good Morning Britain to launch the appeal.

To read some of the coverage of our ‘Count Me In’ appeal, click here.


UK Aid Match Explained.

What is UK Aid Match?

UK Aid Match brings charities, British people and the UK government together to change the lives of some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.

Over the last five years 42 organisations from across the UK have run UK Aid Match projects in 27 developing countries, helping around 25 million people.

UK Aid Match gives everyone in the UK a say in how the UK’s aid money is spent. It boosts the impact of high quality projects that improve the lives of poor people in developing countries.

How does UK Aid Match work? 

For every pound you donated to Street Child’s ‘Count Me In’ UK Aid Match appeal, the UK government also contributed a pound. This means your donation was matched.

With your support we are able to support even more vulnerable children into education in some of the world’s toughest places.