Lessons for Life Foundation, backed by Liberty Global, joins forces with Street Child


Street Child are thrilled to confirm that the Lessons for Life Foundation and Street Child have formally joined forces, 15 months after Sarah, Duchess of York’s charity, Children in Crisis, also joined Street Child.

Lessons for Life was founded by, and is backed by, Liberty Global, one of the world's largest TV and broadband companies.  The foundation becomes a subsidiary of Street Child with a number of former Lessons for Life trustees joining the main Board of Street Child. In addition, Andrea Salvato, Chief Development Officer at Liberty Global and co-chair of Lessons for Life, will join Street Child as co-chair, alongside present Street Child chair, Anthony Wallersteiner

Street Child will carry forward all Lessons for Life’s key live projects and partners, which in recent years have narrowed to a core focus on Uganda and Rwanda. In early July, Lessons for Life’s ten UK-based staff moved into Street Child's HQ in Stockwell.

Tom Dannatt, Street Child CEO and Founder commented, “To bring on board Lessons for Life and a corporate partner of the calibre and scale of Liberty Global, with the commitment they have shown to African children’s education year-on-year for 10 years is a fantastic step forward for our mission.”.

Andrea Salvato, current Lessons for Life Chairman and incoming co-chair of Street Child added, “We are hugely excited by, and committed to, the merger with Street Child. The combination of the two charities is going to be incredibly powerful, helping even more children in Africa get a decent education and go on to realise their full potential.”

Photo taken in Sierra Leone by Chris Parkes.

Photo taken in Sierra Leone by Chris Parkes.


Lessons for Life was founded in 2008, coincidentally the same year that Street Child was formed, by the late Shane O’Neill, then Chief Strategy Officer of Liberty Global. Over the past ten years, underpinned by enormous support from Liberty Global, Lessons for Life have gone on to assist tens of thousands of children in their quest to gain an education, mainly in Eastern and Southern Africa. 

Liberty Global are one of the world’s largest TV and broadband companies, owning household brands in multiple countries such as Virgin Media here in the UK.