To ensure that our beneficiaries benefit from your support for years into the future, we put financial sustainability right at the very heart of our work.
Our income generation initiatives form the fulcrum of our support model, based on the understanding that offering families the opportunity to generate their own income, and be self-sufficient, is crucial to their ability to send their children to school with full bellies, ready for learning, and live a healthy, economically resilient future.
We assist families in urban areas to create small businesses and save for their child's education, and we provide families in rural areas with enough seed to farm that they can both feed themselves and sell surplus for profit. And to help make schools themselves sustainable, we offer a seed lending scheme for communities, helping rural villages to build and maintain local schools, and pay teachers, through collective farming.
In 2015 we also launched our first social enterprise in Liberia - a fleet of tuk tuks (modeled by Street Child UK head Tom Dannatt above). This adds to The Clubhouse, a bar-restaurant which we already run in Makeni, Sierra Leone. These, and hopefully many more to come, offer local people the chance to earn money while also supporting Street Child programs, ensuring that our services are sustainable into the future.
Collective seed farming helps to support the local school and also benefits the community.