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Stories of transformational change

Matias

Birth Registration • Guatemala • 2024

“Now I go to school every morning with my two brothers.”

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Jorge

Livelihoods • Bolivia • 2024

“I’m proud of myself because I feel that I have improved – it’s as if I've evolved.”

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Abigael

Livelihoods • Kenya • 2024

“I feel empowered economically and with a lot of financial freedom, my self-esteem and my confidence have gone up.”

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Ishya

Education • Nepal • 2024

“My favourite thing about coming to the Mobile School is learning and playing with the different panels with my friends.”

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Rajani

Birth Registration • Nepal • 2024

“Birth registration is necessary for us - we must make it so that we can study and make our future!”

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Syan

Street Outreach • Nepal • 2024

“I felt so alone - I had no one to share my problems with”

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Anaya

Birth Registration • Bolivia • 2024

“It was difficult for many years without my identity documents. I didn't understand why I didn't have my birth certificate.”

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Chilemba

Vocational Training • Kenya • 2023

“You can change your life despite your circumstances. You just need to have a purpose and be committed to it.”

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Valerie and Eidi

Birth Registration • Kenya • 2023

“I want to be a police officer when I grow up”

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Mahesh

Birth Registration • Nepal • 2023

“If I were the President, I would like to give birth registration to all street children and give them free education.”

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Soneeya

Education • Nepal • 2023

“I want to become a good teacher.”

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Mabling

Street Outreach • Kenya • 2023

“Before the project I didn’t know there was a problem with me. I had stayed for so long on the streets - that was the only life I knew. I believed that was my fate, I guess.”

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Tumo

Street Outreach • Kenya • 2023

“I am 13 and live on the streets of Nairobi. I came onto the streets in 2015 when my parents’ fighting became too much.”

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Sparta

Vocational Training • Kenya • 2023

“I don’t go to school – I’ve never been to school. I want to go for some vocational skills training and take a course in motor vehicle mechanics because I love it!”

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Erick

Education • El Salvador • 2023

“I’m lucky – I’ve been coming to the project for so long that I don’t remember how different life was before.”

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Layina

Street Outreach • India • 2023

“Street children are not treated with dignity or respect.”

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Leo

Street Outreach • Guatemala • 2023

“In my community, there are lots of thieves around and they get angry and hurt you when you don’t have anything of value to give them.”

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Feba

Education • Nepal • 2023

“Period education is something we really need to discuss with every girl, to break the silence.”

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John

Vocational Training • Kenya • 2023

“I like planting seeds and watching them grow. It’s amazing how something so small can turn into a big plant.”

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Elizabeth

Education • El Salvador • 2023

“With my parents working and out a lot, when I’m at the house, I’m alone most of the time. I cook my own food, like rice, eggs and sausages.”

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Manuel

Emergency Response • Guatemala • 2023

“I know there will be a lot of challenges, but I’m going to support my child with everything I have.”

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Alekh

Street Outreach • Nepal • 2023

“We build fires with the textbooks that other people use to study, to keep warm.”

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Daysi

Education • El Salvador • 2023

“I go to school and I love it because I can learn more things that I already know.”

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Aamir

Education • India • 2023

“I started ragpicking when my dad became too ill to work.”

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Dana

Street Outreach • Guatemala • 2023

“Life was different before - I used to spend my days working with my older brothers.”

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Telvoh

Birth Registration • Kenya • 2023

“I go around with my mother all day. At the savings group, I love playing with toys and drawing.”

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Jamila

Education • India • 2023

“When we arrived from our village, we had nowhere to live so we had to live on the railway tracks.”

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Shyla

Birth Registration • Guatemala • 2023

“I lost my ID card when I was getting on the bus, but I didn't think anything of it until I had my daughter.”

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Himanshu

Education • India • 2023

“For as long as I can remember, all my family have always all gone out to work, leaving me at home on my own. I used to get so lonely.”

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Kancha

Street Outreach • Nepal • 2023

“To be successful we need education, and we need a birth certificate for identity.”

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Gabriel

Street Outreach • El Salvador • 2023

“Being a child in my community is good, although I did used to have more fun before. I had more friends but now many of them have left or have died.”

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Ekram

Street Outreach • India • 2023

“I came to Delhi with my mother earlier this year. I make a living by helping my mother with the household work where she works as a cleaner.”

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Amina

Vocational Training • Kenya • 2023

“I faced difficulties in feeding my children, keeping them in school, paying our rent – at one point, we were all sleeping out on the streets.”

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Simba

Street Outreach • Kenya • 2023

“In my community, there are many different tribes who speak different languages. Most of the people there scavenge at the dumping site to earn a living.”

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Betty

Street Outreach • Guatemala • 2022

“After attending my classes and Puerta de Esperanza, I help my grandmother prepare the the parts she will sell in the afternoon.”

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Inaaya

Education • India • 2022

“I don’t have admission to school yet because of the unavailability of official documents and my Aadhar (ID) card.”

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The Choc Family

Birth Registration • Guatemala • 2022

“You’ve helped us, you’ve supported us, and even though we’re still going through the process, you don’t give up on the people who need help.”

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Amaan & Zeeshan

Birth Registration • India • 2022

“When we moved from Nepal to India, we didn’t think about not having the right documents. But when we got here, we couldn’t enrol in school.”

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Alma

Birth Registration • El Salvador • 2022

“My parents didn’t get my birth certificate for me when I was little – I think just because they didn’t want to.”

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Hem

Education • Nepal • 2022

“Once, my mother pushed me from the stairs of a public waterspout, and I was badly hurt. I know she was probably just drunk though.”

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Asha

Birth Registration • Nepal • 2022

“Not having my birth certificate made me feel like a refugee in my own country.”

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Messi

Birth Registration • Bolivia • 2022

“I lived in fear with my siblings… we were afraid that we would be separated from our mother.”

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Jaya

Birth Registration • India • 2022

“School is very important because it will help me to excel in life.”

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Mark & Galaxy

Birth Registration • Kenya • 2022

“We were hopeless since life was difficult and we had no one to turn to for assistance. We felt nobody cared.”

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Alana

Birth Registration • Bolivia • 2022

“The cold of the streets was the worst thing – it makes you feel like all your insides are frozen.”

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Tau

Birth Registration • Bolivia • 2022

“The biggest challenge on the street is surviving day to day.”

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Khushi

Street Outreach • India • 2022

“Before I came to the project, I would sometimes have light snacks or remain hungry at times.”

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Athini

Street Outreach • India • 2022

“My favourite food is chole puri, rajma and roti – I’d never had them before and I love the taste.”

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Samuel

Birth Registration • El Salvador • 2022

“I didn’t have a birth certificate because my mum didn't pursue the case when I was little.”

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Ahanna

Street Outreach • India • 2022

“Whenever I roam around with my friends, we often face eve teasing issues from strange men.”

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Monica

Street Outreach • El Salvador • 2022

“Studying is the most important thing for me at the moment.”

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Erwin

Education • El Salvador • 2022

“The market is not a safe place for children most of the time - many violent incidents have happened over the years I’d been here.”

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Sonrisa

Street Outreach • Bolivia • 2022

“One of my greatest achievements so far has been getting into football.”

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Ikroop

Education • Nepal • 2022

“I used to feel that my future would be in darkness.”

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Aamir

Education • India • 2022

“I used to roam around the streets and trouble my mother a lot - I was unable to think or feel about anything.”

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Chinita

Street Outreach • Bolivia • 2022

“The football field is my favourite place – it’s where I feel free.”

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The Ramirez Family

Street Outreach • El Salvador • 2022

“The streets are home now because this is where we live, it’s where I was pregnant with my children and where they spend their time now.”

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Ricardo

Street Outreach • El Salvador • 2022

“The most important thing is that children have space to learn and play. We should always have the chance to be creative and use our skills.”

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Abraham

Street Outreach • Guatemala • 2022

“I was recruited by the gang in my neighbourhood – they used to threaten me with things if I didn’t obey.”

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Aurora

Street Outreach • Guatemala • 2022

“When I didn’t go to school, I was bored and tired at home on my own.”

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Pinky

Street Outreach • India • 2022

“Due to the hot weather, many times food often goes rotten.”

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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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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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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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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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