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We can take a child from the streets in a matter of moments…

…but it can take months to take the streets out of a child.

Will you stand with us, as we stand with them?

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A child never just ‘walks away’ from a life on the streets. The traumatic experience of repeatedly being exposed to unimaginable physical, sexual and psychological violence is carried with them for a long time to come as well as enduring the physical effects of going without adequate food and shelter for so long.

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Alex

“I’m Alex (that’s me in the middle) and I work in El Salvador. In my experience, the longer a child has been on the streets, the longer it takes to create trust. This is often because they’ve been attacked and abused throughout their young lives. It is essential that we are there to support them through all of this.

I arrange talks for adolescents and teenagers around ‘useful skills for life’ and carry out workshops on rights, values and responsibilities for street children and young people. I’m also really proud of the prevention work we’re doing – to stop children from going to the streets in the first place.”

Alex is working to help children escape a life on the streets.

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My dream is that one day, I won’t have to come to work because there won’t be any more children on the streets. Alex

Hugo

“My name is Hugo and I work in Guatemala. I find it’s really common to have to work with a child for a considerable amount of time. Street living becomes part of their identity – who they are – making it much more difficult for them to move on.

This might be because they have become addicted to drugs, but also to the streets because they realise how much ‘freedom’ they have there in many ways. But this sense of freedom is short-lived and the streets can become like a prison.”

Hugo is working to help children escape a life on the streets.

Will you stand with him?

A relationship of trust with a child isn’t something you can build overnight, and this is even more of a challenge with children who’ve been on the streets. Sometimes it can take months. Hugo

Edwin

“Hi. I’m Edwin, and I’m part of the outreach team in Guatemala. There’s one boy from the streets who I’ve been working with for a very long time. He’s called Byron and he lives in a heavily controlled gang area where there’s been a spate of abuse against children. Over time I’ve been delighted to see him develop academically and learn so much through our workshops about self-esteem and protecting yourself.

Last year a man had been sexually abusing children in the area. But when he approached Bryon the boy knew exactly what to do – run away and report him to the relevant adults. It worked and the community was able to track down the man who was responsible.”

Edwin is working to help children escape a life on the streets.

Will you stand with him?

Our work is all about building sustainable and long-lasting relationships with children who often aren’t even seen as human beings. Edwin
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When you make a monthly donation you stand with us and help us keep our promise – to always be there for children on the streets, for as long as it takes.

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