Street Child Given Birthday Boost by UK Government

Street Child is today (21 November 2018) marking its 10th birthday by launching its most ambitious fundraising campaign to date.  The charity is celebrating a birthday boost to its appeal, as all public donations received between today and 21 February 2019, will be doubled by the UK Government. This will enable Street Child to ensure even more children go to school.

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FREETOWN MUDSLIDE: ONE YEAR ON

Today marks one year on from the devastating flooding and mudslides in Freetown.

On Monday 14th August 2017 an estimated 1,000 people died when an entire mountainside collapsed in the capital of Sierra Leone. Huge boulders, dislodged by rain, left a two-mile trail of destruction – flattening everything in its path. 

Street Child was one of the first major agencies to launch an emergency appeal.

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FOCUS ON OUR ABILITIES, NOT OUR DISABILITIES

I live in remote, rural Kambia District in Sierra Leone.  Polio as a child left me with a physical disability, and I was later inspired to found a rights-based, social movement for other persons with disabilities.  The Welfare Society for the Disabled, known locally as WESOFOD, now counts 360 members with disabilities. We speak with a united voice when we say: Focus on our abilities and not on our disabilities!  

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CHILDREN IN CRISIS TO JOIN FORCES WITH STREET CHILD

As we approach the 10th anniversary of Street Child, we are entering an exciting new phase in our journey as a leading international development NGO.  In recent years we have developed a close relationship with a charity called Children in Crisis which, like us, focuses on education in the world’s toughest environments.  Street Child are delighted to announce today that Street Child and Children in Crisis have formally joined forces, with Children in Crisis becoming a subsidiary of Street Child.

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STREET CHILD CEO STATEMENT ON OXFAM AND HAITI

The Oxfam/Haiti affair has horrified us all. Sex in aid is a real issue and everyone needs to work harder on this. I believe Street Child systems and culture are already robust in this area but Street Child trustees and management are reviewing them in light of the recent revelations. If you would like further details on what we are doing, please do get in touch. 

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