Visit rural schools, learn about our projects, experience the culture - our new West African Cycle Challenge is a great way to discover Sierra Leone and Liberia. Travelling 300km by bike you will have a unique opportunity to visit, meet and draw inspiration from the very children you've been fundraising for.

This unique event will support UK charity Street Child to deliver life-changing projects, helping some of the world's poorest children to go to school. You will visit rural and urban projects across Sierra Leone and Liberia to see first-hand how your fundraising is transforming the lives of children, families and communities.

Why take on the West Africa Cycle Challenge? 

Sierra Leone and Liberia are two of the poorest countries in the world and thousands of children in Sierra Leone and Liberia do not have access to education. Recent figures show that it will take until 2100 for every primary school-aged child in Liberia to be given the chance of an education. Together we can change that.

We believe that every child deserves the right to an education. What's more, we've proved that it's possible to help some of the world's poorest children to go to school and finish their education. By partnering with parents, teachers and local communities, Street Child has helped to transform the lives of over 50,000 children across Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nepal since 2008. But there's so much more to be done, the West Africa Cycle Challenge is your way to become part of changing children's futures for good. 

Here's how your support can help: 

Family Business Scheme - Street Child

livelihoods:

Emma was struggling to support herself and her son. She was unable to send her son Alpha to school and instead he was forced to work on the street helping her sell palm wine.

Street Child provided Emma with a business grant to start her own market stall outside her house.  

As part of the business scheme, she is regularly in touch with her business mentor who has helped her throughout the process.

Through the scheme she saves 5,000 Leones per week and now she is able to support her son Alpha to go to school.

Nigeria IDP camp - Street Child

Nigeria: 

There are 3 million children in need of education and urgent support in Northern Nigeria. Since 2011, the terrorist group Boko Haram has led attacks on communities in the area causing more than 2 million people to flee their homes. Schools have been destroyed and teachers have been killed. 

In 2017, Street Child will be launching a new project in Nigeria providing safe, inclusive spaces for children to learn. We want to give these children the chance to go to school. 

 

Ebola Orphans - Street Child

Ebola orphans:

Street Child estimates that over 12,000 children were orphaned by the Ebola crisis. 

Adama lost both her parents to Ebola. With no-one to support her Adama and her four younger siblings were driven from their home. Street Child supplied her with food and some supplies and helped her to setup a business. 

“I’m able with the money I make to send my sisters to school.” 

Street Child has supported over 20,000 Ebola-impacted children, including children like Adama who took on the responsibility of bringing up their younger siblings. 

Children impacted by the Nepal earthquake - Street Child

Nepal Earthquake: 

In 2015 Nepal suffered from a catastrophic earthquake, leaving an estimated one million children out of school and destroying or damaging 50,000 classrooms. 

7 out of 8 buildings in Kala’s school were declared unsafe following the earthquake. Street Child are building 180 classrooms in rural communities impacted by the earthquake to give children like Kala the chance to go to school.

"I love going to school!

Girls' Education - Street Child

Girls' education:

In 2016 Street Child began a fresh focus on girls' education. Over the next two years, Street Child will be tackling the major barriers to girls' education, including poverty, teenage pregnancy and parental attitudes.

Seventeen-year-old Mariama and 18-year-old Aminata both became pregnant during Sierra Leone’s Ebola crisis. 

With Street Child’s support, Aminata and Mariama’s families have set up family businesses. With the profit, they are able to pay the school fees so that Aminata and Mariam are able to go to school and receive a quality education. 

Street Child - Liberia

Street Children: 

Street Child began its work helping children living and surviving off the streets, just like Peter. Peter was found by one of our street teams. He was hungry and working on the streets for whatever money he could make. 

Street Child found Peter’s aunt Margaret and reunited them. We provided them both food and non-food items as well as psycho-social support. Street Child then provided Peter with a grant so he could go back to school. 

“I like school so much, and my best subject is math and social studies."

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