Thank You For Supporting Our Right to Learn Appeal. 

Thousands of children in West Africa do not have the chance to go to school. From 16th November 2017 to the 15th February 2018 the UK government matched all donations to our Right to Learn appeal. 

With UK Aid Match funding the total raised is an incredible £3 million!  

These funds will support vulnerable children's education in West Africa. In fact, thanks to your support, we have already begun a brand new project helping 10,000 children in eastern Sierra Leone to go to school and learn. 

When children are given the chance to learn, they can break free from poverty. They can build a brighter future for their families, their communities and their countries.  Every child deserves that chance.

Thank you. 


The Impact Of Your Support.

In the east of Sierra Leone, 89,000 children aged 6 to 14 are out of school. A further 24,000 children who are in junior secondary school are at risk of dropping out. Our brand new project will focus on providing these children with a chance to go to school and learn. 


Supporting 5,000 Of The Most Vulnerable Children To Go To School.

Children who come from extremely poor households, street-connected children, orphans, teenage mothers and children in rural communities have the lowest chances of staying in school and learning to read and write. We will support the most vulnerable children to go to school.


Supporting 3,750 Families To Set Up Businesses.

Poverty is one of the biggest barriers to education and keeps thousands of children out of school. By supporting families to set up businesses and giving them the training they need to expand their businesses, we can ensure they can afford to send their children to school.


Building Or Improving 35 Primary Schools.

A lack of schools and trained teachers is a significant barrier preventing children from going to school and gaining a basic education. We will build or improve 35 primary schools in eastern Sierra Leone.


In addition to our project in Sierra Leone, your support will also be helping vulnerable children in Nigeria and Liberia.


Our Work In Nigeria. 

On-going conflict in Northeast Nigeria means thousands of families have lost their businesses and millions of children are out of school. In Borno state alone, three in five schools have been closed. Your support during our Right to Learn appeal will mean we can continue to support vulnerable children in Northeast Nigeria to go to school and learn. 


Our Work In Liberia. 

Liberia has some of the world’s worst education indicators. It is not expected to reach universal education until 2100 and has the highest proportion of out-of-school primary-aged children in the world. Your support will mean we can give more children the chance to go to school.  

Thanks to your support, we will be supporting over 10,000 vulnerable children  to go to school and learn in Sierra Leone and across West Africa.

Thank You!



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Right to Learn appeal.

Our Highlights.

You did loads of amazing things in support of our Right to Learn appeal, here are some of our highlights!

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The Craft Half. 

300 runners joined us in Wimbledon Common for our first-ever UK running event - the Craft Half. Collectively they ran 5,640km, drank 1,620 half pints of Hop Stuff beer and raised an amazing £33,000 in support of our Right to Learn appeal! Look out for more Craft Half events in 2018!

Our Events. 

From our Winter Ball marking the launch of our Right to Learn appeal to our Ultimate Quiz celebrating the end, we loved seeing you at our events. A huge thank you to everyone who attended and a special thank you to Nick Hewer and Rachel Riley who hosted our Ultimate Quiz!


Sierra Leone Marathon.

Our runners went above and beyond in their fundraising during our appeal, including Jeff who raised over £3,000 in three months! There's still time to join Jeff and our other runners in Makeni this May! Learn more. 


Inspiring Donors. 

Supporters gave generously throughout the appeal including 9-year-old James who built and sold bird boxes and one man who bid £1,500 for a bag of rice at our Winter Ball auction!


The Christmas Spirit. 

Our supporters got into the festive spirit joining us at bucket collections across London, our carol concerts at the Tower of London and Holy Trinity at Sloane Square and bidding in our amazing online Christmas auction!


The West Africa Cycle Challenge. 

We took 16 cyclists to West Africa to cycle 300km across Sierra Leone and Liberia. Together they raised an incredible £50,000 in support of vulnerable children's education. Cathy who took on the challenge said: 

"I loved this trip, it is a great way to properly experience a country and feel like you are doing something off the beaten track, that many don't get to experience and in a way that is personally very satisfying. You really get a chance to see the work that Street Child is doing and where the money you raise goes."

We are extremely grateful to all of our cyclists who joined us in West Africa in January. Watch our film to see what they got up to and get inspired to join us in May 2018 or January 2019! 

In The Media.

Coverage in a number of national newspapers and magazines ensured we were able to share our message far and wide – highlights included a feature in the MailOnline about our work in Nigeria; an interview with charity patron Nick Hewer on BBC News and an article in First News on the education crisis in West Africa. To read some of our coverage from our Right to Learn appeal, click here.

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1,000 Schools In Sierra Leone. 

In the final weeks of our UK Aid Match appeal Street Child announced our most ambitious goal ever: an unprecedented initiative to transform learning prospects in 1,000 schools, for over 100,000 children, in rural parts of Sierra Leone, by the year 2023.

With the incredible opportunity to have your donations matched by the UK government, over a hundred of you supported our work with a £1,000 donation. As a thank you for your generous donation, we will be putting the name of your choice on one of the 1,000 schools we build in the next five years. 


Together you raised an incredible £3m to support vulnerable children's education in West Africa.

Thank You!



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