Street Child (UK)
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. Summer 2017, we are launching our first projects in Sri Lanka, where many marginalised pockets of society have little to no access to education for their children.
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.
Street Child of Liberia has been working with the Government of Liberia and partner organizations to strengthen the capacity of teachers, schools and communities to sustain their investment in the education for their children. As a volunteer, you will be part of an exciting stage of the organization’s growth, and will be working closely with the Street Child of Liberia team to support our programs.
Street Child of Nepal has been working with UNICEF and partner organizations to support the humanitarian relief effort in the earthquake affected areas of Nepal and is now exploring avenues for further impact. As a volunteer, you will be part of an exciting stage of the organization’s growth, and will be working closely with the Street Child of Nepal team to support our emerging programs.
Street Child is currently expanding its operations to Sri Lanka, in an attempt to serve increasing numbers of children in need. Whilst now ranked as a middle-income country by the World Bank and classed by the United Nations Development Program 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.