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CORPORATE
PARTNERSHIPS

In order to keep costs down we use a lot of volunteer hours at Street Child, both at our head offices, and on the ground to build capacity in West Africa. This means we can offer some excellent, money-can't-buy, tailormade volunteer opportunities for your staff, whether you're looking for skill development, motivational opportunities, or staff incentivization.

A partnership between Street Child and your business could have a life-changing impact on street children and their families, and could benefit your staff too. While our focus is on offering educational opportunities to some of the world's poorest children, we achieve this by keeping the family core strong and economically sustainable into the future. We promote and facilitate business development and capacity-building, including offering access to grants, loans, and savings accounts, empowering individuals to create solutions to their own challenges, and feed and educate their children. 

From bespoke challenge events to tailored volunteering opportunities and charity of the year partnerships, there are many ways we can work together to help families in need. 

Tailored corporate volunteering in Sierra Leone or Liberia

If you are looking for a money-can't-buy opportunity to boost staff performance, why not consider a motivational team trip to volunteer at our projects in West Africa? We can provide you with a tailor-made package, including hands-on volunteering opportunities (such as renovating a rural school), visits to meet our beneficiaries, beach parties, and a drinks reception. Prices start at approximately $20,000 for a group of five for one week, including flights, accommodation, meals, and some drinks. 

Note that because the price includes a fixed cost for a Street Child guide to accompany you for the week, the price you pay per person will reduce as your group number grows (for example, a group of ten will cost approximately $33,000). We also ask each participant to achieve a minimum fundraising total of $1,500 prior to the trip; this way, participants will see their money actually being put to use on the ground, leading hopefully to a long-term connection with an organization which genuinely makes a difference where it is needed the most.

We can accommodate small or large groups, and individuals, and can completely tailor and brand any trip according to your business needs and goals. 

Corporate challenge - Sierra Leone Marathon 2016

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Are you looking for a new challenge to bring your team together, or to create positive competition between different teams? Why not enter the Sierra Leone marathon? You will genuinely be among the first businesses in the US to support this unique, wonderful fundraising event for a country in much need of international support, while also rewarding your staff with what almost certainly be the trip of a lifetime.

The 2016 marathon will be held the weekend of 28 May. Trips usually last around six nights/five days, and in that time your team will:

  • Day one
    Travel by 4x4 to one of Street Child's most remote projects and meet some of the rural school children your participation will be supporting.
  • Day two
    Visit the charity's urban projects, with the extra option of a hosted night walk to learn more about the realities of a young life on the streets.
  • Day three
    Take the chance to explore the charming town of Makeni or simply prepare for the race by relaxing at Street Child's own Bar/Restaurant, the Clubhouse. 
  • Day four
    Likely to be race day. We offer various distances depending on your abilities, including 5k, 10k, a half marathon and, of course, the full marathon. This will be the run of a lifetime through the stunning paths and villages surrounding Makeni, in Sierra Leone. Local children usually join runners for parts of the race, so you will meet local people even as you run.
  • Day five
    Top off this unique travel experience with a relaxing trip to one of Sierra Leone's stunning beaches for a beach party with your colleagues: a chance to rest and reflect on this once-in-a-lifetime journey.

We can help any groups wanting to spend time in a European city stopover on the way, and/or spend longer exploring Sierra Leone. We can also add on a short trip to our programs in Liberia if you would like to visit those too. Costs will probably range between $2,500 and $3,500 per person, but this will vary depending on where you fly from and which level of accommodation package you choose (adventure, standard, or premium). The price will include all flights, accommodation, three meals a day, airport transfers, and all transfers to visit projects, plus a welcome drinks reception and a beach BBQ.

Each team member will be asked to reach achieve a minimum fundraising target of $2,000.

For more information, visit www.sierraleonemarathon.com and/or contact anna@street-child.us.

Charity of the Year partnerships

Consider the incredible impact that a partnership with Street Child could have on the thousands of street children and Ebola orphans currently needing support across Sierra Leone and Liberia. Money you raise as a business could change the lives of the world's poorest children drastically, while also helping to boost staff motivation and performance, and increasing staff loyalty and retention. 

We will support your staff in their fundraising endeavors, and can provide materials, t-shirts, and merchandise to sell if required. In return we can offer some incredible money-can't-buy opportunities for individual staff members or whole teams.

European marathon challenges

We can offer you the opportunity to drive the development of your employees' skills through engaging in national or international volunteering or challenges. As well as the Sierra Leone marathon and overseas corporate volunteering opportunities (listed above), we can also offer staff the chance to join cross-regional colleagues by entering European marathons such as Rome, Berlin, or Paris, or US marathons such as New York or San Francisco. This would be particularly meaningful for companies looking to improve international relationships or drive learning between global teams.

We can also offer staff the opportunity to take up a secondment in London. 

Gifts-in-kind

It can be complicated for us to send gifts-in-kind overseas because of the cost, including the import duty we would have to pay on them, but if you feel that you could spare any IT equipment to help us set up our US head office, we would gratefully receive it. We are also seeking office space, and assistance with publicity and awareness. 

Synergy

Education and family are our two biggest partnership areas, but we are also looking to develop partnerships with companies whose products, services, or goals meet any of the following criteria:

  • Support for women

The majority of the small businesses we fund are run by women. These are hugely entrepreneurial people who, as well as working full-time, are also caring for and educating large families as a single parent.

  • Construction

We build schools and have previously had successful partnerships with new home developers and construction companies.

  • Farming and farm equipment

We supply farmers with groundnut (peanut) seeds, rice, and other farming assets, including seed banks for communal farming; this latter acts as a social enterprise, with profits funding the community's school.

To find out more about becoming a corporate partner please contact anna@street-child.us.