2018 Year in Review…
Last year was yet another busy year for Street Child and we are tremendously proud of the progress we have made across all of our projects. As well as building on the success of our previous projects, in certain countries we have made efforts to expand our horizons, transforming our approach to development - this was particularly true in the case of Street Child Nepal.
2018 has been a strong year for Street Child of Nepal. Street Child established its presence in the country when we helped to rebuild over 400 classrooms in response to the 2015 earthquake. In line with our belief in comprehensive development, we have displayed a long-term commitment to the development of Nepal by remaining involved in this re-building process four years on.
2018 has also been a year where Street Child transitioned towards alternate spheres of development. We have focussed our efforts on girls of Musahar caste where literacy rates run at 4%. Our target is to provide support to 7,000 Musahar girls in some of the country's most remote regions. Do this, we are implementing a 3 stage process which includes a free Accelerated Learning Programme, followed by a comprehensive Livelihood Programme to encourage employment opportunities, and finally a Life-skills component which offers a safe-space for social care. Furthermore, we have been successful in bolstering our team in Nepal by recruiting new staff and partners, as well as locating new strategically placed offices.
Street Child has had a strong affinity with Sierra Leone, ever since our first project was implemented here in 2008. Since then, we have continued to sustain considerable progress. Over the course of the year our ambitious goal, announced in February 2018, to transform learning in 1,000 rural primary schools by 2023 has moved from concept towards reality. Furthermore, in pursuit of this target, ground will be made at over 100 new sites in the coming months.
A specific highlight was the building completion of Manjoro Ansarul Islamic Primary School, a project sponsored by our partner Fly and Help. There are 255 children currently enrolled at the school and four teachers are receiving teacher training qualifications. Staff at the school have been working in close collaboration with community leaders which has meant a smooth operation at the school. The success in this community has had wider positive effects, with surrounding communities encouraged to send their children to Manjoro.
In Nigeria, Street Child has continued to support children and communities affected by conflict and instability. Our primary concern has been to support the educational development of children living in Internally Displaced Person Camps. Street child has been supported by the UN (through the Nigerian Humanitarian Fund) to establish child-friendly spaces where 18,000 children can play and receive counselling. Moreover recognising the emotional toll the experience of war has had on many children, street child has stepped up work related to psycho-social protection, particularly in IDP camps.
The recent work of our photographer Chris Parkes has been instrumental in translating the stories of children from ground and in the coming months, we will begin to reveal these powerful stories. So far in collaboration with our local partners, our education and protection programme has helped 23,000 children.
This work did not go unnoticed with Street Child Nigeria’s becoming recognised as one of the leading INGOs across education and child protection sector. This was clear during the recent first round of Nigerian grants from the newly-minted global Education Cannot Wait fund, who selected four agencies: UNICEF, Save the Children, Plan - and Street Child.
To date, Street Child has helped 13,500 children to go to school in Liberia, and in 2018, we recorded another successful year supporting education, child protection and livilihoods. An additional one thousand Street Child supported girls can now be counted in Secondary School following our appeal in 2016. Street Child Liberia also continues to operate 21 Government Primary Schools in a high-profile PPP experiment. The Randomized controlled trial revealed Street Child schools making ‘statistically significant learning gains’ despite spending fractions per pupil compared to other high-achieving providers. Street Child Liberia has also been relieved to see that peaceful national elections have created a new government that places education at the core of its mandate.
Street Child Merger with Children in Crisis
In March 2018, Street child became the sole trustee of Children in crisis, thus formally combining the two organisations. This was the result of an idea which was floated as early as 2017. CiC’s flagship operations in DR Congo and Afghanistan are now entirely integrated into Street Child’s global programme structure. We are enormously excited about working with the impressive leaders of these organisations in order to blend our ideas in two of the most troubled countries in the world for children to live in.