Street Child’s ‘Count Me In’ Campaign Raises £2.8M Thanks to Support by the UK Government
Street Child’s ‘Count Me In’ campaign (Nov 2018 - Feb 2019) raised the fantastic total of £1.4m via generous donations from the British public.
Thanks to match funding by the UK Government’s Department for International Development via the UK Aid Match scheme, the grand total raised is £2.8M. This will allow us to help more of the 121 million school-aged children across the world who are still not in education.
Harriett Baldwin, the International Development Minister, said “Giving children who live 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”.
She continued, “I am delighted to announce that the Department for International Development has matched £1.4 million to Street Child’s ‘Count Me In’ campaign, helping to raise a total of £2.8 million. This partnership means every pound the British public generously donated will go twice as far”.
The ‘Count Me In’ campaign culminated with a panel event at the House of Lords on the 19th February 2019, which was attended by Street Child patron Sarah, Duchess of York, and global ambassador HRH Princess Beatrice.
Sarah, Duchess of York, reflected on her time visiting Street Child projects in Sierra Leone: “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”. With these funds, Street Child will be able to help more children to go to school, ensuring they have better futures through education to lift their communities out of poverty.
Details of the appeal and how the funds raised will be used can be found here.