Street Child wins international award in recognition of it’s Family Business for Education project


We are thrilled to announce that Street Child is one of the six 2019 winners of the WISE award, in recognition of our Family Business for Education project providing an innovative approach to learning and education for children living in some of the world’s toughest places. 

The WISE Awards recognise and promote six innovative projects from across the world that address global educational challenges. With 481 project submissions received this year, the awards are selected and granted by The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), an initiative of Qatar Foundation (QF).

Tom Dannatt, Street Child Founder and CEO, said: “We are delighted that Street Child’s Family Business for Education model has been recognised by WISE for its transformative impact on some of the world’s poorest children and families in Sierra Leone. With the support of WISE, I am excited by this opportunity to further replicate the programme in other countries where we work, helping even more children access education.”

Street Child will receive the support of WISE to help more families and caregivers set up sustainable businesses so they can send their children to school - caregivers like Mariama*.

Mariama in front of her fish business.

Mariama in front of her fish business.

In Sierra Leone, the Ebola crisis left Mariama as the sole carer for her four nieces and nephews after her sister, a nurse, contracted the virus and passed away. With three children of her own, Mariama found herself struggling to support her large family. 

With the help of a Street Child business grant and training, Mariama was able to set up a sustainable business selling fish. The profits she gains from her business allow her to not only support her family but also send her children to school.

Mariama with her family.

Mariama with her family.

With business training, planning, grants, loans and incentivised savings schemes, caregivers are empowered and can afford the costs of feeding, clothing and educating their children. Explore our website to learn more about our Family Business Scheme model and to find out how it can help to transform children’s access to education.


* Mariama’s name has been changed to protect her identity. These photos have been taken with informed and written consent, under the supervision of Street Child of Sierra Leone staff.

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