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.
A letter from Tom Dannatt:
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,
Last year Street Child collaborated with the Consortium for Street Children and other NGOs to share the views of 1000 street children around the world.
These consultations formed part of the General Comment on the Rights of Street Children. Today it has been published.
Today we opened the doors of our first-ever temporary learning centre (TLC) in Maiduguri Nigeria. Over 400 children have enrolled in our TLC in the capital of Borno, one of the worst conflict-impacted states in Northeast Nigeria.
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.
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.
Serah is just one of the mothers who received a business grant from Street Child in Nigeria, after fleeing their homes from conflict in the North East of the country. Serah lives in the New Kuchingoro IDP camp with her four children; one of them is a Sickle Cell Anemia patient.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
This article originally appeared on Global Citizen, read it here.
There are over 60 million children worldwide who are out of school, many because of conflict and crisis. On International Women’s Day we are sharing the stories of 4 incredible women who are defying the odds to ensure children can go to school and have hope for the future.
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.
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.
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.