Our research shows that there are close to 50,000 children that rely upon the streets of Sierra Leone for their survival (click here to read our 2012 National Headcount of Street Children). Around 3,000 of those are living and sleeping on the streets. Our goal is to help them all.
Many children suffer and, critically, do not access education because they live on the street and/or lack a supportive family environment. Some may be living at home but engaged in child labour during the day. At the more extreme end of the scale, we work with children living 100 percent of their time on the streets, for whom life is a daily struggle.
Our street teams exist to change this for as many children as possible. They find and befriend street children, becoming the safe adult that is missing in most street children's life. Our social workers then aim to unite a child with a family - usually their own - through a process of counselling and mediation.
Settled in a secure family environment, the child is safer and, most importantly ready to go to school, and build a better future for themselves. Between 2008 and 2013, our street teams reunified more than 2,500 children with their families.