A Year in Review
2017 was our biggest year yet, all thanks to you. Here are just a few of the highlights that you made possible. Thank you to every one for standing with us to help thousands of the world’s poorest children go to school.
- refurbished over 400 classrooms
- distributed books, pens, and pencils to over 11,000 children
- provided over 80,000 meals to victims of the flooding and mudslide in Freetown
- built 225 classrooms in partnership with Catholic Relief Services, World Vision and DfID to help improve education quality in junior schools
- completed the construction of 486 classrooms
- trained 239 teacher in earthquake-impacted communities
- opened our first brick kiln school (and developed plans to build 5 more)
- confirmed funding to support girls in the extremely marginalized Musahar communities (literacy levels are just 4%) to go to school.
- launched a program to support 2,000 children to learn two years' worth of curriculum in just six months
- were awarded 12 new schools in the South East of the country where learning outcomes are poorest as part of the expanded Partnership Schools for Liberia program
- opened our first temporary learning center in Nigeria
- trained 10 teachers in delivery of basic education and essential emergency related training
- provided 300 children with learning materials
- supported 130 families to set up or expand their businesses
- confirmed funding to do all this for a further 23,000 children in 2018
Girls Speak Out campaign
Our Girls Speak Out program is helping to tackle the barriers to girls' education in Sierra Leone and Liberia and give more than 10,000 girls the chance to go to school and stay there. This year we have:
- Supported 2,500 families with business grants and training so they can afford the cost of educating their children.
- Given 117 teenage moms intensive support packages so they can return to school.
- Identified 1,668 girls who were not attending school due to financial barriers, and provided them with education support.
- Trained 400 teachers in classroom management and content delivery
- Refurbished 400 classrooms with desks, benches, and blackboards
Ed Sheeran visits our projects in Liberia.
'I'll never forget the kids I met on this trip. It was an incredibly eye-opening experience' – Ed Sheeran
Earlier this year superstar Ed Sheeran and best-selling comedian Russell Howard both headed to Liberia to visit Street Child’s work with Ebola orphans and street children for Red Nose Day. After a moving visit, Russell Howard said:
'I went to a village that was decimated by Ebola, and I met a lady who had lost 13 family members in 6 months. People who had lost brothers and sisters and dads. [Street Child] helps deal with the aftermath of Ebola. It was oddly uplifting, in a time of such hatred and division in the world it was so wonderful to see all the money that we raised helping people who really needed help.'
You responded to the Freetown mudslide and flooding campaign generously.
Street Child was one of the first major agencies to launch an emergency campaign. Your incredible support meant we were able to respond immediately, providing emergency relief when it was needed most.
Working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week for over a month, Street Child’s team of local staff:
- distributed 87,142 ready-to-eat food packages
- provided 5,874 packs of clothing, 2,094 towels and 3,236 toiletries
- reached 9,727 people with community sanitation advice
- provided 13,242 wet food meals
- distributed 1,105 bedding packages
In November at our Winter Ball for Freetown we celebrated the incredible commitment of our local teams who worked tirelessly to respond to the crisis, and together we raised over $70,000 for vulnerable children and families in Freetown and across Sierra Leone.
In December our teams distributed education materials to support children who were impacted by the disaster back into school.