Keeping children and their families safe is the central pillar of Street Child’s work; we believe that all children have a right to be safe and safeguarded from risks, especially those which impact their ability to attend school.
Street Child programs run in many areas affected by ongoing conflict. A key area of focus is providing classes and WASH facilities for displaced children. Additionally, in areas such as Cameroon, Mozambique and Nigeria, we have been working to identify, support and specifically address the needs of unaccompanied and separated children.
We also work with children associated with armed forces and groups, providing specialized psychological support. The families of these children are supported with skills training and business grants.
Increasingly Street Child has prioritized mainstreaming mental health and psychosocial support for children and caregivers, as the impact of conflict, COVID-19 and climate change compound each other and intensify.
Since 2008 we’re proud to have supported:
137,562 children with mental health or psychosocial support.
72,783 children with protection services, such as specialized psychological support services.
The COVID-19 pandemic led to widespread school closures and millions of children out of school. For our response Street Child leveraged learnings from the Ebola crisis and focused on strengthening community knowledge and improving hygiene practices. We ran campaigns to provide children with schooling via audio recordings, reducing the number of lost hours of school while also mitigating infection risk.
Street Child also worked to expand our response to the most marginalized communities. In some of the most remote areas of Nepal we reached more than 250,000 people with COVID-19 prevention and preparedness information through community campaigns, print and radio, and provided 4,000 of the most marginalized households with food assistance.
Street Child’s programs run in some of the worst climate-affected countries in the world. Somalia is facing the most severe drought in 40 years, and to lessen the impact we are running a drought emergency and resilience project. This program supports efforts by the international community to reduce the high rates of illness and death caused by extreme drought and lack of access to clean water.
Additionally, Bangladesh and Nepal are ranked among countries that are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. In Bangladesh, we have been working with local partners to implement low-resource solutions that have high impact, including maintaining zero use of plastic and employing green gardening to protect the environment. In addition, we are running programs focused on sustainability and environmental education in local schools.
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