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Helping to create educational opportunities for some of the most vulnerable children in West Africa and Asia

When Street Child’s work began in Sierra Leone in 2008, it was the poorest nation in the world and had been devastated by a decade of civil war. Children were suffering from the war’s legacy of poverty and destruction, and thousands of the poorest children were trying to survive on the streets. Our work began with a small handful of street children, connecting them to families and supporting them to go to school. We quickly expanded our work to include all children who were unable to access education because of poverty, a lack of schools, losing their parents or simply being a girl. In 2014 the Ebola virus epidemic threw Sierra Leone into crisis again. Thousands of children were orphaned and families torn apart. Street Child led the Ebola orphan response, helping over 12,000 children impacted by the epidemic and we continue to support children who are still struggling. Today we work to give the country’s poorest children better futures through education, helping to lift whole communities out of poverty.

Street Child started working in Liberia in 2013, helping street children in the capital of Monrovia. When Liberia was hit with the Ebola crisis, we expanded our work to support the thousands of children impacted by Ebola to go to school. We believe in supporting children in every aspect of their school life: school environment, teachers, parents, the wider community and the barriers to education they face. Our three main areas of focus are: education, child protection and livelihoods. To date, we have helped over 8,500 children to go to school in Liberia, including helping 1,500 Ebola-impacted children following the crisis. With your support, we can help thousands more.

In April 2015, Nepal suffered a catastrophic earthquake which damaged or destroyed more than 50,000 classrooms and left over a million children out of school. Street Child launched in Nepal in 2015 in partnership with UNICEF to help rebuild schools in the communities worst-affected by the earthquake. We are now working to ensure that no child is forgotten and has access to the learning opportunities that they deserve. We believe every child deserves the chance to go to school. With your support, we can give more of some of the poorest and most vulnerable children that chance. 

In addition, Street Child is supporting thousands of conflict-impacted children in North East Nigeria that are deprived of the chance to go to school. Education and emergency support is the key to helping these children to rebuild their lives. In partnership with the Nigerian NGO Intercommunity Development Social Organization (IDS) we are supporting  children of the New Kuchingoro IDP camp in Abuja and providing vulnerable mothers with vocational skills training - including baking and soap making - and business grants so they can setup sustainable businesses; and along side with the Nigerian Gender, Equality, Peace and Development Centre, Street Child is establishing a temporary learning centre in Maiduguri to give children the chance to go to school. 

In June 2017, after conversations with Government departments, international agencies and local charities, Street Child opened a small office in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo, exploring the possibility of expanding our Asian operations in a country that faces educational challenges that we feel we can make a positive contribution to.

The main focus of the project is on
NPO Status
Yes, registered non-profit organization
Foundation Year
7
Contact Person
Florian Weimert
Spoken Languages
English

Social Impact

By providing a combination of psycho-social support, quality education and family business support, we give children the chance to live in a secure home with a family and to access the education they need for a brighter future. 

Whether we’re supporting children orphaned by a crisis like Ebola, or helping girls to go to school, we focus on really understanding the problem and delivering long-term solutions. We help some of the hardest to reach and most vulnerable groups: street children, children in rural communities, children in poverty, girls and children impacted by crisis. 

EMPOWERING FAMILIES

We work to provide business training and support to families living in poverty. With business training, planning, grants, loans and incentivised savings schemes, families, parents are able to set up businesses so they can afford the costs of feeding, clothing and educating their children. 

TRAINING TEACHERS

The training and certification of teachers can transform the lives of the teachers and their communities as well as the children’s learning outcomes in schools. Our teaching specialists provide on-going classroom training, mentoring and supervision for more than 690 teachers across Sierra Leone. During the Ebola epidemic, we trained more than 1,200 Ebola Educators, who educated communities on how to containing the spread of the disease, helping save thousands of lives.

EDUCATING CHILDREN

In rural communities where there is no school, we work in partnership with willing rural communities to build ‘first ever schools’ and train teachers. We also support struggling rural schools with teaching and learning materials and essential school repairs. Since 2008 we have built over 124 schools and renovated a further 152. We have also supported over 290 schools with learning materials and sustainability grants. We promote the importance of education within communities and support them to meet school expenses like teacher salaries by providing agricultural grants and technical support to develop collective rice farms and seed-lending schemes.

Street Child is a trusted partner of the Sierra Leone Ministry of Education, and we work in close collaboration with UNICEF and other partners to contribute to the national schools initiatives. We have been a key partner in the government-led classroom and school latrine construction programme to reduce overcrowding and improve sanitation in school. 

PROTECTING CHILDREN

We work to protect children facing challenging circumstances. We work with orphaned children and  children living on the streets to find a caregiver within their extended family who can look after them. Once in a safe family environment, they are ready to return to school. We also focus on the child's development and well-being, empowering them to thrive at school with the help of a trusted adult.  We work hard to advocate one-on-one and with key stakeholders for children's rights.

Street Child is a key partner of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs, and works in close partnership with local community groups such as Child Welfare Committees to help them identify, refer and protect particularly vulnerable categories of children.

ENTERPRISE SOCIAL

In 2011, we set up Street Child Commercial in Sierra Leone to help create employment opportunities and raise awareness of our work. Our series of cafes and restaurants in Sierra Leone also help to bring in a a sustainable source of funds. 

Pursued Sustainable Development Goals

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