A Year in Review.
2017 was our biggest year yet and it's all thanks to you. Here are a just a few of the highlights that you made possible. Thank you to each and every one of you for standing with us to help thousands of the world’s poorest children to go to school.
- refurbished over 400 classrooms
- distributed books, pens and pencils to over 11,000 children
- provided over 80,000 meals to victims of the flooding and mudslide in Freetown
- built 225 classrooms in partnership with Catholic Relief Services, World Vision and DfID to help improve education quality in secondary schools
- completed the construction of 486 classrooms
- trained 239 teacher in earthquake-impacted communities
- opened our first brick kiln school (and have plans to build 5 more!)
- confirmed funding to support girls in the extremely marginalised Musahar communities (literacy levels are just 4%) to go to school.
- launched a programme to support 2,000 children to learn two years' of curriculum in just 6 months
- were awarded 12 new schools in the South East of the country where learning outcomes are poorest as part of the expanded Partnership Schools for Liberia programme
- opened our first temporary learning centre in Nigeria
- trained 10 teachers in delivery of basic education and essential emergency related training
- provided 300 children with learning materials
- supported 130 families to setup or expand their businesses
- confirmed funding to do all this for a further 23,000 children in 2018
Girls Speak Out.
Thanks to the support of the UK government, our Girls Speak Out programme is helping to tackle the barriers to girls' education in Sierra Leone and Liberia and give more than 10,000 girls the chance to go to school and stay there. This year we have:
- SUPPORTED 2,500 FAMILIES WITH BUSINESS GRANTS AND TRAINING SO THEY CAN AFFORD THE COST OF EDUCATING THEIR CHILDREN
- GIVEN 117 TEENAGE MOTHERS INTENSIVE SUPPORT PACKAGES SO THEY CAN RETURN TO SCHOOL
- IDENTIFIED 1,668 GIRLS WHO WERE NOT ATTENDING SCHOOL DUE TO FINANCIAL BARRIERS AND PROVIDED THEM WITH EDUCATION SUPPORT
- TRAINED 400 TEACHERS COVERING CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT AND CONTENT DELIVERY
- REFURBISHED 400 CLASSROOMS WITH DESKS, BENCHES AND BLACKBOARDS.
Hawa is just one of 2,500 girls we have helped to go back to school in Sierra Leone and Liberia this year through our Girls Speak Out programme.
Ed Sheeran and Russell Howard visited our projects in Liberia.
"I'll never forget the kids I met on this trip. It was an incredibly eye-opening experience”
– Ed Sheeran
Earlier this year superstar Ed Sheeran and best-selling comedian Russell Howard both headed to Liberia to visit Street Child’s work with Ebola orphans and street children. Both stars visited our projects as part of this year’s Red Nose Day. After a moving visit to Liberia with Street Child, Russell Howard said:
"I went to a village that was decimated by Ebola, and I met a lady who had lost 13 family members in 6 months. People who had lost brothers and sisters and dads. [Street Child] helps deal with the aftermath of Ebola. It was oddly uplifting, in a time of such hatred and division in the world it was so wonderful to see all the money that we raised helping people who really needed help."
It’s not every day that superstars brave West Africa to see the harsh realities of life for the children we work with and we’re so grateful that they joined us to stand up for every child’s right to an education.
Our Incredible Supporters took on Epic Challenges...
The energy and commitment of fundraisers at our challenge events is unparalleled, and this year was no exception. Not only did 160 runners brave the 6th Sierra Leone Marathon, we also launched our incredible West Africa Cycle Challenge. 12 pioneering cyclists travelled 300km from Bo in Sierra Leone to beautiful Robertsport beach in Liberia. In November, 12 brave runners tackled the hills of the Himalayas in our Nepal International Marathon and in December we announced the launch of our first ever UK running event - the Craft Half. Already 100 of you have signed up to join us on Wimbledon Common on Sunday 4th February! Information about all our challenge events, including how you can get involved in 2018, can be found here.
...Pauline Cafferkey joined us in Sierra Leone.
Extraordinary Scottish nurse and Ebola survivor Pauline Cafferkey returned in May to Sierra Leone - where she had nursed Ebola's victims and contracted the virus herself during the 2014-5 epidemic - to take part in the Sierra Leone Marathon and help raise awareness for Ebola orphans.
...and the Sierra Leone Marathon won Best International Event at 2017 Running Awards!
Beating top contenders including New York, Berlin and Amsterdam Marathons we were thrilled to be awarded Best International Event at the 2017 Running Awards - a huge thank you to everyone who voted for us!
We are excited to announce that we have been shortlisted for the 2018 awards as well - click here to help us win for the second year in a row!
You responded to the Freetown mudslide and flooding appeal generously.
Street Child was one of the first major agencies to launch an emergency appeal. Your incredible support meant we were able to respond immediately, providing emergency relief when it was needed most.
Working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week for over a month, Street Child’s team of local staff:
- distributed 87,142 ready-to-eat food packages
- provided 5,874 packs of clothing, 2,094 towels and 3,236 toiletries
- reached 9,727 people with community sanitation advice
- provided 13,242 wet food meals
- distributed 1,105 bedding packages
In November at our Winter Ball for Freetown we celebrated the incredible commitment of our local teams who worked tirelessly to respond to the crisis and together we raised over £50,000 for vulnerable children and families in Freetown and across Sierra Leone.
This December our teams have been distributing education materials to support children who were impacted by the disaster back to school.
We couldn't have done this without your help. Thank you.
We're scaling up...
our work in Nigeria.
Thanks to the incredible dedication and commitment of our teams in Nigeria we are now set to make a difference to the lives of 23,000 children in Northeast Nigeria in 2018!
In June this year we built our first temporary learning centre in Maiduguri, we trained teachers and provided learning materials to 300 children. In 2018 we will be building 60 more temporary learning centres just like it, refurbishing 120 classrooms and training 450 teachers giving 23,000 children the chance of a brighter future.
our work in Liberia.
This September we took on a further 11 schools in partnership with the Liberian Government to improve education quality. The schools are in Maryland County in the extreme South East of the country. Education standards in the South East are the worst in the whole country. This year also saw the results of a major independent evaluation of year one of the Partnership Schools for Liberia programme, conducted by Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). Of the eight operators, Street Child and two others, were shown to have made a ‘statistically significant’ positive impact on learning outcomes and only Street Child achieved these results within the Government of Liberia’s target budget.
school construction in Sierra Leone.
Last year hundreds of you got behind our ‘Build A School’ campaign to bring access to education to some of the most remote communities in Sierra Leone. Your support meant we could build or refurbish more than 483 classrooms helping 11,381 children to access education. Thank you.
We launched our third UK Aid Match Appeal.
We were excited to be awarded our third UK Aid Match appeal. We're aiming to raise a minimum of £1 million to help 10,000 of West Africa's most vulnerable children to go to school and learn. Until 15th February the UK government will be matching all donations to our appeal, pound for pound, doubling our impact.
A child born in West Africa has one of the lowest chances in the world of learning to read and write. In Sierra Leone, less than half of children go to secondary school. Liberia is expected to be the last country in the world to achieve education for all. In northeast Nigeria, conflict has left millions of children out of school.
International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, said: “Every single child has the right to learn. Education has the power to transform lives and for the most vulnerable, it can provide a sense of normality and structure.
“Street Child’s Right to Learn appeal will give thousands of children in West Africa the opportunity to take control of their lives and have the skills to contribute to the economic development of their country.”
A huge thank you to everyone who has already donated, fundraised or joined us at an event, your support is changing lives.