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Stories of transformational change

Johny & Marco

Street Outreach • Guatemala • 2022

“It’s scary how easy it would be for someone to hurt us when we go out in the street.”

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Chairman

Street Outreach • Kenya • 2022

“To survive, I collect plastics and cartons around the estate and in the river – and on the weekends, I wash cars. It's hard work.”

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Nick Nick

Street Outreach • Sierra Leone • 2022

“I thought I’d find the dream on the streets but there is just a rift of abuse.”

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Khem

Birth Registration • Nepal • 2022

“I am a citizen of Nepal, entitled to receive services from the government for children.”

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Sabir

Vocational Training • Nepal • 2022

“Coming from street life to the point where I can earn money myself is a big thing, isn't it?”

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Kajal

Education • India • 2022

“Now I can learn and support my family.”

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Alejandra

Birth Registration • Guatemala • 2022

“I didn't have anywhere else to go but the street.”

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Kanci

Street Outreach • India • 2022

“I want to encourage both women and men to help raise awareness on the challenges we face around menstruation and provide the support wherever needed.”

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Ritu

Street Outreach • India • 2022

“I want to tell all the young girls that we should use sanitary pads to stay hygienic and have a carefree period.”

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Shaheen

Street Outreach • India • 2022

“I think a lot about going to school and feel sad because when I see the children of my age going, while I’m working day and night.”

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Dhonu

Birth Registration • Nepal • 2022

“With street life, even if you want to do good, leave it behind or get a job, you can't find it quick enough which leads you back to the street.”

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Eva & Lina

Birth Registration • El Salvador • 2022

“I used to feel scared that when I was older, the police would arrest me if I didn't have my birth certificate.”

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Zera

Vocational Training • Kenya • 2022

“I was begging in the streets, and it was hard. I couldn’t see any future.”

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Marta

Birth Registration • El Salvador • 2022

“Before I had my birth certificate, life was so difficult. I had some really tricky moments because I was always scared.”

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Tazim

Education • India • 2022

“Now that I’ve got the uniform, I feel happy.”

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Adamu

Vocational Training • Kenya • 2022

“I used to feel very lonely because I had no one to share my challenges with. I wanted to do something better than selling drugs but I didn’t know where to start.”

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Anesh

Vocational Training • Nepal • 2022

“I felt my life would end on the street.”

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Zanthia

Vocational Training • Guatemala • 2022

“When I lived on the streets, I experienced so many horrible things. Everyone ignored me and no one ever respected me as a person.”

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Kumba

Education • Sierra Leone • 2022

“I want to be educated and become a woman of substance so I can be an advocate for other girls who are going through similar abuse.”

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Ines

Birth Registration • Bolivia • 2021

“With our identity document, I now go to school and my parents have stable jobs.”

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Angela

Emergency Response • Bolivia • 2021

“Take good care of yourselves and don’t stop using your mask, always wash your hands and take care of your families.”

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Aditi

Street Outreach • India • 2021

“Everyone needs to know that using dirty clothes during menstruation can lead to disease and that it is very important to take special care of cleanliness at such times.”

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Savitri

Street Outreach • India • 2021

“Buying sanitary towels was so far from reality and a completely impossible thing to do. When I got my period, I was using old clothes instead.”

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Carlos

Street Outreach • Bolivia • 2021

“I would like to start my studies and be able to go to school knowing that I never have to miss a class again”

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Chimini

Education • Nepal • 2021

“If I could change one thing right now, it would be for coronavirus to go away, to have enough food and money, and to be able to continue my education so I can stand on my own.”

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Mohini

Street Outreach • India • 2021

“Mohini has become a warrior of her community. She is praised, loved and appreciated by everyone for her bravery.”

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Tej

Education • Nepal • 2021

“My life has changed a lot since attending the project. I thought I would never be able to continue my education and that I would have to be on the street my entire life to earn a living.”

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Amir

Education • India • 2021

“I pay a lot of attention to my studies and now speak with confidence to everyone. I love encouraging the rest of the children to study at the education club — I feel very happy when I help others and when I see children playing and studying instead of working.”

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Reena

Education • Nepal • 2021

“I’m very happy, after joining the learning centre I understood the importance of study and I have started thinking about my future.”

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Blanca

Birth Registration • Bolivia • 2021

“With my ID I go to school, I have friends and I want to buy a house for my grandmother and my sisters.”

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Devi

Street Outreach • India • 2021

“Devi was a self-conscious and introverted child but her involvement in sports and various activities has transformed her personality, she has become an extrovert and shows us that she is fearless.”

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Sahana

Emergency Response • India • 2021

“I don’t know if we will die of Covid-19, but if conditions keep getting worse, we will starve.”

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Sejun

Emergency Response • Nepal • 2021

“Sejun was asked what made him happy, he responded; playing with his friends and said that he really misses them. He also said that he is desperate to go back to school and to the learning centre.”

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Freetown slum fire

Emergency Response • Sierra Leone • 2021

“Fire broke out in the slums of Freetown, Sierra Leone, sweeping through the crowded community, home to street connected families.”

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Emergency support during COVID

Emergency Response • Emergency support during COVID • 2021

“I'm alone with my baby so the support has helped me a lot.”

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Kevin

Birth Registration • Bolivia • 2020

“I miss Kindergarten, playing with my friends”

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Tropical Storm Amanda

Emergency Response • El Salvador • 2020

“During the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, at the beginning of June 2020 El Salvador was hit by a devastating tropical storm.”

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Kala

Birth Registration • Nepal • 2019

“I am so happy my mother is back with me and that we can be together. I love school and want to be a teacher one day!”

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Bibek

Education • Nepal • 2019

“I used to spend most of my time collecting metal coins and sniffing glue down by the river.”

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Isla

Vocational Training • Kenya • 2019

“Sometimes you just need someone to hold your hand and set you on the right path, and that changes everything.”

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Eddy

Street Outreach • El Salvador • 2019

“Participating in dance classes helps me to relax, forget my problems and leave the pain behind for a little while”

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Jhalak

Education • India • 2019

“Education has completely changed Jhalak. Before she was very quiet and not confident with her reading and writing but now, she is one of the best students.”

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Carlos

Birth Registration • El Salvador • 2019

“Carlos is one of the estimated 670,000 children in El Salvador whose birth was not registered.”

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Delhi slums fire

Emergency Response • India • 2019

“A devastating fire that had destroyed hundreds of homes in one of the communities where we have been working for the last five years.”

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Selina

Street Outreach • Bolivia • 2019

“My children are the most important thing in my life – I don’t know how I would be if something happened to them.”

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