We help children marginalised and abused by those who should protect them. We work with local organisations who are best placed to help find the most appropriate ways to prevent and help children escape from a life on the streets.
We tailor our work to the different needs of street children from country to country, city to city.
There are approximately 850,000 children living and working on the streets in Bolivia. The legal age to work is just 10.
Bolivian Census, 2012
El Salvador is currently the most deadly peacetime country, with more children murdered per capita than anywhere else in the world.
Hidden in Plain Sight, 2014.
An estimated 700,000 children don’t have a birth certificate in Guatemala.
There are around 440 million children living in India, with an estimated 40% currently in need of care and protection. In Delhi alone, there are over 25,000 children on the streets who are illiterate.
Save the Children and the Institute for Human Development, Surviving the Streets – 2011
In Kenya an estimated 33% of 5-14 year olds are working children.
UNICEF, State of the World’s Children - 2016
More than four-fifths of street-connected children and youths in Nepal are illiterate.
Integrated Biological and Behavioural Surveillance (IBBS) Survey among Street-Involved Children and Youths in Three Districts of Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, 2016
There are an estimated 50,000 street connected children across Sierra Leone, with around half of these in Freetown and surrounding areas such as Waterloo.
Street Child of Sierra Leone, The National Head Count of Street Children in Sierra Leone 2012 report,
In areas of poverty few children are registered at birth. Often families turn to the streets for a source of income. As they cannot legally hold a job the cycle continues as a person who does not officially exist cannot officially have children.
We help break this cycle by taking children (and sometimes their parents) through the registration process and giving them an official identity.
Regular abuse in the home or community means children believe this to be a normal and acceptable way of life. So they don't speak out and the cycle of abuse continues to drive children to the streets.
Our Child Rights Clubs help children gain the knowledge and skills to be empowered to speak out and report abuse.
When the abuse and violence becomes too much children leave home. With nowhere to go they end up living on the streets.
Street outreach helps us start the difficult and lengthy process of gaining the trust of a street child and help them to find a new life away from streets.