Street Child's aim is to create educational opportunities for some of the world’s most vulnerable children. We began our work in 2008 in Sierra Leone working with a small number of street children, nine years later we have helped to transform the lives of more than 50,000 children across Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nepal. In 2017 we launched our first project in Nigeria helping children impacted by conflict in the North East of the country.
We also organise the Sierra Leone Marathon bringing in hundreds of local and international runners and offering a platform for thousands of local athletes - including the President of Sierra Leone himself!
Sierra Leone remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Our research indicates that there are around 50,000 children relying upon the streets of Sierra Leone for their survival. During the Ebola crisis, Street Child supported close to 18,500 orphans with humanitarian aid and rehoming support. By empowering children by giving them the chance to go to school – and giving their families the wherewithal to keep them there – Street Child is one of the most impactful charities working in the region today.
Our vision for Liberia is: a Liberia where all children have the opportunity to access an excellent education that enables them to fulfill their potential and contribute to the progress of the nation. In September Street Child launched its Flagship Academies, operating schools across three counties under the Government of Liberia’s Partnership Schools program. The long-term vision for Flagship Academies is to create a network of schools that deliver quality education via Liberian teachers in a way in which it is accessible for all children regardless of their background or abilities.
Street Child of Nepal has been working with UNICEF and partner organisations to support the humanitarian relief effort in the earthquake affected areas of Nepal and is now exploring avenues for further impact. Our work in Nepal targets those communities that are isolated from mainstream society and so recieve little community support. As a result, access to education is particularly poor for these children and opportunities are lacking.
In Sri Lanka Street Child is just beginning to establish itself. Whilst now ranked as a middle-income country by the World Bank and classed by the United Nations Development Programme as a “high” bracket country within its Human Development Index, Sri Lanka faces very specific challenges when it comes to providing quality education to all sections of its population, with significant disparities found in educational access and attainment across the country’s regions.