What We Do
Globally, millions of children live, sleep or survive on the streets - because of conflict, crisis or poverty. Without support, they face danger and violence and are a long way from going to school.
Street Child was started in 2008 to help street children in Sierra Leone who were in this situation. Our work began with a single project for 100 street children in Makeni, Northern Sierra Leone.
Since then, we have become experts in child protection and have helped thousands of street children to find a safe home and go to school.
But we aren't stopping there.
With your help, we want to support thousands more children off the streets and into school. We want to give thousands more children the chance of a brighter future.
What We Are Doing.
We work to help children off the streets, away from danger and into school.
We don't believe in orphanages or any other form of centre. Instead, our dedicated 'street teams' and social workers work hard to change the lives of as many children as possible. Their 'office' is the street. They spend their time meeting and gradually befriending street-connected children - gaining trust and becoming the safe adult that is missing in most street children's lives.
Through a process of counselling and mediation, our teams work to strengthen the child's family bonds - starting, if needs be, with family tracing and reunification.
Once the child is settled in a secure family environment, Street Child focus on helping them back to school, including in most cases, introducing the family to our livelihood support teams to help ensure that the family has the financial strength to keep the child in school.
Street Child also works to protect children and prevent them from depending on the street in the first place. We do this by strengthening rural education - migrating to towns for education is a common reason children end up on the streets. We also work to strengthen child protection with Child Welfare Committees and other school community-based advocacy.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
It costs just £30 to send a child to school for a year. With your help, we can give more children the chance of a brighter future.
Stories From Our Work.
AMINATA, THE GIRL WHO IS REBUILDING HER LIFE
After losing her sister to Ebola, Salmata ended up alone, pregnant and working on a rubbish dump, looking for a plastic to sell with little hope of ever going to school. She was on the dump when she had her first contractions and had to call for help to avoid giving birth amongst the rubbish.
When a Street Child social worker found Salmata she reunited her with a caregiver. By supporting her caregiver with a grant and business training, Salmata was able to return to school.
“School is going well. I like maths best. I want to become a nurse. My hope for my baby is that she will get to go to school and be prominent when she grows up.”
IBRAHIM, THE BOY LEARNING TO READ AND WRITE
12 year old Ibrahim lives with his parents and five siblings in Maiduguri in Northeast Nigeria. Ibrahim and his family were forced to flee their home from conflict, leaving everything behind.
Street Child have setup a temporary learning centre in Ibrahim's community to give him a safe space to play and learn.
"I like Street Child school because I can read and write"