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Street Child is a UK charity, established in 2008, that aims to create educational opportunity for some of the most vulnerable children in Africa and Asia. 

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For an update on our work with news and stories from the field. 

 

Street Child delivers aid to victims of Sierra Leone mudslides

Martin Forsyth

Early Monday morning heavy rainfall caused a devastating mudslide in the Sierra Leone capital Freetown. Hundreds of people were buried alive and thousands were left homeless, with nothing.

Street Child launched an emergency flood relief appeal in response to the crisis. Your generous donations have helped us to respond quickly to this crisis. Already we are at Regent distributing emergency food packages to those impacted by the crisis.

We couldn’t have done this without your support.  Thank you.

Street Child launches urgent flood relief appeal

Martin Forsyth

A letter from Tom Dannatt:

Dear All,

Many of you will have seen the devastating news from Freetown today where over 300 Sierra Leoneans have died following horrific landslides and torrential rainfall. 

These communities, who live on the hill slopes on the edge of Freetown, are amongst the capital's poorest inhabitants. We have been working in and out of these communities since Street Child began operating in Freetown in 2009. Those who have survived this tragedy are left with simply nothing. The capacity of the already stretched Sierra Leonean Government to help is very limited. This is a time where urgent charity is needed. 

For these reasons Street Child is launching a formal flood relief appeal to our supporters and the general public. 100% of all donations received will be spent as quickly and as well as possible supporting our excellent, on the ground, social and livelihood teams. In the short term we will focus on food, shelter and water. Afterwards we'll focus on ensuring that affected children are able to restart school at the start of the school year in September; and then we will help affected families rebuild their livelihoods.

Your generosity has made such an enormous difference in the past. If at all possible, it is really needed now. All gifts received will be so hugely appreciated - and of course spent as very well as possible. Please give what you can. 

Thank you so much,

Tom 

TRAINING TEACHERS IN NIGERIA IN EDUCATION IN EMERGENCIES

Martin Forsyth

In North-East Nigeria, millions of children and families have been forced to flee their homes following conflict, leaving thousands of children out of school. In partnership with the Nigerian Gender, Equality, Peace and Development Centre, Street Child are establishing a temporary learning centre in Maiduguri giving 300 children the chance to go to school.

As part of the programme, 10 facilitators from nearby communities are training in Education in Emergencies so they are ready to provide basic education and life skills to cope with emergencies.

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FIGHTING THE LEGACY OF EBOLA WITH SPEED SCHOOLS

Martin Forsyth

During the Ebola crisis, schools were closed and some students missed out on two years of schooling. Many children have not been able to return to education because they lost their main family breadwinner to Ebola. 

Street Child has implemented a new programme in Liberia to combat this issue. In collaboration with Geneva Global, a philanthropic consulting company, and funded by the Luminos Fund, the six-month programme teaches a condensed curriculum of Grades 1 and 2 in a Speed School.

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PARTNERING TO IMPROVE SCHOOLS IN LIBERIA

Martin Forsyth

In September 2016, Street Child of Liberia took over the administration of 12 primary schools in two rural counties in Liberia. Working in partnership with the Ministry of Education, almost 3,500 students started the new school year at schools run by Street Child.

Assessments conducted halfway through the school year have been very encouraging. Effecting change takes time, but significant progress has been made in Street Child schools. The team began with simple solutions that could be effectively implemented across all 12 schools, and we have seen great results. We’ve been focusing on the impact of local context, school environments and barriers to education.

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SIERRA LEONE MARATHON WINS BEST INTERNATIONAL EVENT AT THE RUNNING AWARDS

Martin Forsyth

It’s with an enormous amount of pride and pleasure that we can announce that the Sierra Leone Marathon has won the Best International Event at the Running Awards 2017!

In a hugely competitive field that included World Marathon Majors like the Berlin Marathon and the epic Marathon Des Sables, the Street Child Sierra Leone Marathon took home the top prize.

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STREET CHILD HELPS GIRLS GO BACK TO SCHOOL

Martin Forsyth

All the chairs in the classrooms are stacked up, and the children have gone home. The grounds in front of the school are empty, and the playground next door is quiet. But one group of girls is still in the classroom, busily studying into the afternoon.

These girls are all 17 and 18 year olds who have recently gone back to school after being out of school for a long time. They are working with a teacher to catch up on the lessons they have missed. This will allow them to go back into Grade Six instead of a lower class, where they might feel more self-conscious of their age, and therefore more likely to drop out again.

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COMIC RELIEF 2017: ED SHEERAN AND RUSSELL HOWARD VISIT LIBERIA WITH STREET CHILD

Martin Forsyth

"I'll never forget the kids I met on this trip. It was an incredibly eye-opening experience”
– Ed Sheeran

Earlier this year superstar Ed Sheeran and best-selling comedian Russell Howard both headed to Liberia to visit Street Child’s work with Ebola orphans and street children. Both stars visited our projects as part of this year’s Comic Relief.

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THANKS TO YOU: OUR FIRST PROJECT LAUNCHES IN NIGERIA

Martin Forsyth

On Saturday February 18, Nigeria officially became the fourth country Street Child work in, with the launch of our first project in the New Kuchingoro Displaced Persons Camp, on the edge of Abuja. 

In November, we launched an Urgent Nigeria Appeal in response to conflict in the North East of the country, which has left three million children unable to go to school. We're now on the ground and taking action to help families whose lives have been torn apart by conflict. This project in Abuja is just the first step of our planned work in the country. 

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EDUCATION FOR INVISIBLE CHILDREN

Martin Forsyth

Today is a big day for Street Child of Nepal as we open our first 'non-earthquake' related project - a school for 'brick factory children' in Bhaktapur, on the edge of Kathmandu.

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.

Children of brick workers are one such group – labourers are typically migrant workers from India and South Nepal and 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.

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AFTER 5 YEARS - A NEW CHAIRMAN FOR STREET CHILD

Martin Forsyth

After a five-year commitment, Bart van der Vliet is stepping down as Chairman of Street Child at the start of 2017 to focus on new challenges. Bart remains a passionate supporter of the charity and keen to support our work in whatever ways he can. As Chair, Bart has made a significant and generous contribution to the life of the charity - from his broad-ranging formal duties, to the energy he has given to many of Street Child's boldest initiatives, in particular the Sierra Leone Marathon. 

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