Street children struggle to be heard. Their needs are often ignored. They are vilified, marginalised and face many injustices. Help us speak out to right these wrongs and give street children a fighting chance. When we see injustice we won’t be silenced. No matter the issue. No matter the consequence. We will speak out. Together we can help change street children’s lives for good.
We are the ‘Network for Street Children in Sierra Leone.’ We are a consortium of five leading organisations working with street children: Cap Anamur, Don Bosco Fambul, Laughter Africa, Saint George Foundation of Sierra Leone and Street Child of Sierra Leone. The main function of the consortium is to provide strategic direction and leadership in mainstreaming the issues of children in street situations in policies and practice so their voices can be heard.
International Day for Street Children
Every year on 12th April, we celebrate the International day for Street Child with our friends from the Consortium for Street Children (CSC) and other street children organisations from around the world. The day provides a platform for the millions of street children around the world – and their champions – to speak out so that their rights cannot be ignored.
The International Day for Street Children has been celebrated globally since 2012, to recognise the humanity, dignity and defiance of street children in the face of unimaginable hardships. We want to rally governments and individuals worldwide to work together to ensure their rights are protected no matter who they are and where they live. This is the first year that we are celebrating the day as a Network in Sierra Leone.
Each year there is a different theme. The theme for this year is that all children deserve access to essential services. To get an education, healthcare and be protected from harm, no matter where they call home. We demand that governments and communities take action so that street children can access the services they need to reach their full potential. Stand together with us to make access for street children a reality.
If you would like to get involved with the International Day for Street Children then please visit the Consortium for Street Children website for more information. They have amazing resources available to help spread the word about the day. You can get involved in many ways including via social media, writing a letter to the government or running a workshop with children.
To commemorate the International Day for Street Children, some of the former street children we work with wrote a pop song and recorded a pop video about some of the challenges that street children face while living on the streets and what they would like to tell the Government of Sierra Leone. The video will be launching on 12th April so come back then to check it out. A huge thanks to our Friends at Freetong Players for all their help in producing the song and video.