About Street Child.
Who We Are.
We believe that every child deserves the right to safety and to be empowered through education. Working in some of the poorest areas in the world, we want every child to have the chance to go to school and learn. We began our work in Sierra Leone in 2008 with a small number of street children, nine years later we have helped to transform the lives of more than 120,000 children across Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and Nepal.
Our projects focus on protecting children, educating children, empowering families and supporting children in emergencies. We work with local partners to have maximum impact and provide long-term solutions.
As part of the West Africa Cycle Challenge you will have a chance to meet some of the children and families we work with and see first-hand the impact of your fundraising.
We began working in Sierra Leone in 2008. At that time, it was the poorest nation in the world and had been devastated by a decade of civil war.
Poverty, a lack of schools, losing one or both parents, or simply being a girl keeps thousands of children out of education in Sierra Leone. In fact, over half of children in Sierra Leone don't attend secondary school.
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.
We believe every child has a right to learn which is why we're working in Liberia to give children a chance to go to school.
Stories From Our Work.
Kumba lost both her parents to Ebola and she now lives with her grandmother along with her eight sisters and cousins.
Street Child made sure that Kumba and her sisters were able to return to school, providing them with the financial support, books and uniform that her grandmother couldn't afford to provide.
Kumba loves her teacher, Miss Dumbiya, and wants to follow in her footsteps and become a teacher one day too.
“I want to help other mothers, to be a role model. Working with these girls, I found my passion for social work.”
Street Child social worker and mother of two Esther Harris works with mothers and girls to help give them a chance to go to school. Esther has overcome the challenges life has thrown at her, including having to drop out of school for a short amount of time because of poverty, and is helping to open up opportunities for other mothers to not only better their own lives, but also their children’s.