PROVIDING EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR SOME OF THE WORLD'S POOREST CHILDREN
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 strive to ensure that every child has the chance to go to school and learn.
WHERE WE WORK
Street Child began our work in Sierra Leone in 2008 working with a small number of street children. Nine years later, we have helped to transform the lives of more than 60,000 children across Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nepal. In 2016 we launched our first project in Nigeria helping children impacted by conflict in the North East to access education.
WHAT WE DO
HOW WE ARE DIFFERENT
Street Child is different from other nonprofits in some significant ways:
Firstly, working at a grassroots level is crucial. It gives us access into remote communities, enabling us to reach people with whom no other NGOs work. It gives us the ability to develop services with people who understand the challenges the beneficiaries face - because those challenges affect them too. It helps us fundraise locally; and it helps our services to gain people's trust. This was more important than ever during the Ebola crisis; we trained and redeployed 1,700 of our rural teachers to be 'Ebola educators', who cycled around the villages of Liberia and Sierra Leone explaining to people how the disease was passed on, and how to keep safe - at a cost of $30 per month per educator. These people reached 250,000 people, and there were no further transmissions of the disease in the villages where we had carried out this work - that's 250,000 lives saved at a cost of 61 cents each.
We design services with the beneficiaries themselves, making them truly impactful. In 2015-2016 we ran a consultation with more than 3,000 adolescent girls across Sierra Leone and Liberia, asking them what they felt are the barriers to obtaining an education, so that we could devise services addressing their specific challenges.
Small and non-bureaucratic
Our teams are small which not only keeps costs down, but means that we can move money where it is needed the most very quickly. Money donated to Street Child can genuinely be on the ground making a difference within a couple of days.
Street Child's global headquarters are in London, England, but we also have offices in the US, Spain, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands. Your gifts go to the same programs, whichever office you give through.
Street Child US is a 501c3 nonprofit, so all donations given by US tax payers to Street Child US are tax deductible.