Since Street Child first started working in Sierra Leone in 2008, we have grown from one project supporting 100 children in northern Sierra Leone into one of the most broad-reaching organizations in the region, running more than 30 projects across two countries. Between 2008 and 2015, we have supported more than 45,000 children back into education, including 20,000 Ebola-affected children since March 2014. That's scale of 10,000 children a year, at a minimum.


  • In excess of 45,000 children offered a sustainable pathway into education through a combination of family reunification, counselling and mentoring, income generation initiatives and education grants, school construction, and emergency relief where necessary
  • 300 rural schools built and nearly 1,000 teachers trained

Income Generation Initiatives

  • Each of the 300 rural schools provided with training and a grant to run a community farming program, with the proceeds funding teacher salaries and other operational costs
  • More than 10,000 small business grants given out, with 80% still making enough profit to fund education for the child initially identified by Street Child as reliant on the streets. 
  • Small business grants on average benefit four family members, so these 10,000 grants have benefited approximately 40,000 adults and children
  • 86% of small businesses still profiting above previous rates despite Ebola

Family reunification

  • 3,500 street children reunified with extended family or a responsible adult willing to care for them
  • 13,000 Ebola orphans reunified with extended family or a responsible adult willing to care for them

Street Child Commercial 

  • In Sierra Leone, where we have worked longer, we run five shops, three café-bars, and our flagship bar-restaurant The Clubhouse, in Makeni
  • In Liberia we launched a fleet of tuk tuks in spring 2015
  • These commercial/social enterprises offer the organization a sustainable source of funds while also creating employment opportunities for local people, and raising awareness of our work


  • 13,000 Ebola orphans supported with emergency food, clothing, and bedding, counselling, family reunification, and access to education
  • a further 4,000 Ebola-affected children helped back into school through a combination of education grants and income generation initiatives
  • 1,700 Ebola educators deployed, at a cost of $50 per head per month, to help educate local communities about how the disease was spread, and how to avoid contracting it; this included 430 redeployed rural school teachers who became available once schools were closed
  • 10,000 community members in quarantined slum West Point (Liberia) offered emergency access to food and sanitation facilities
  • 1,200 of the Ebola educators used as back-to-school advocates once Ebola had subsided and schools had reopened