Street Child’s vision is a world where the rights of every child are realised, in particular, the right to education.
125 million school-aged children of primary and junior secondary school age are currently out of education worldwide, mainly in the world’s poorest, most fragile and disaster-hit countries. Millions more children are in school but failing to learn.
These children are denied their right to education and life opportunities. Street Child believes that achieving universal basic education is the single greatest step that can be taken towards the elimination of global poverty.
Through education, we help the world's most vulnerable children to build themselves a sustainable future. Our sister organisation Street Child UK began helping a small number of street children in Sierra Leone in 2008. Since then, Street Child has helped more than 250,000 children to go back to school, and we have helped thousands more families generate sustainable income to support their children’s education in the long-term. Street Child currently has highly qualified teams in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nepal and Nigeria with local staff at each location.
Since the inception of Street Child UK in 2008, the organisation has expanded to a number of other European countries, like Switzerland, strengthening our network and creating more fundraising opportunities. Our organisation operates at this intersection between global fundraising and local program implementation. We believe that this is the best way to create long-term and sustainable solutions.
Therefore, our work is based on coordination and cooperation with the communities that we work for. All projects are implemented by local organizations along with at least one staff member from Street Child UK, with a supportive role to advise, monitor and evaluate the projects. This interaction is necessary to ensure local empowerment and capacity building.
In order to achieve our objectives, Street Child has adopted a strategy that focusses three key areas that help children to realise their rights, in particular to a good basic education, by running projects focused on a combination of education, child protection and livelihoods support.
Street Child works where the need is the greatest, with the most marginalised children and communities. We are quick to respond, and willing to go where others won’t - including remote, hard-to-reach areas and fragile, disaster-affected states.
We protect children with the help of social workers in the different countries where we work. They select the most disadvantaged children, help them find a safe home and take them to school while helping families to create sources of income. At the same time, we are building schools in remote areas and training teachers to make education accessible to as many people as possible. On top of this, we advocate for gender equality and education rights for the disabled. Ultimately, the goal is that every child can access education.
We want to make a long-term impact and hope that one day we will not be needed. We want families to generate a sustainable income to send their children to school. That's why we train families, teachers, and communities to generate income and become independent.
Street Child takes an outcome-led approach, and we use evidence to drive learning and the constant refinement and up-scale of programmes that create maximum impact for the most children at the lowest cost.
A former violinist, Rebecca graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2007 and has spent the past years working in investment management in the UK and Switzerland. Rebecca has a long-standing interest in international development and in 2008/2009 worked in Bangladesh on a VSO/British Council placement. She is now a MA Candidate at The Johns Hopkins University for International Relations/Middle East Studies.
Her involvement with Street Child started in 2013 when she traveled to Liberia to run the Liberian Marathon and visit Street Child projects in Monrovia. She has since participated in three Sierra Leone Marathons, organised several fundraising events, and most recently volunteered to set up Street Child Switzerland.
A holder of Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action from Sciences Po Paris, Arielle became acquainted with Street Child in early 2017, and began her engagement with the organisation's operations in Switzerland in 2018. Having previously studied in Zürich and currently living in Geneva, she mainly supports Street Child's work in fundraising, corporate foundation relations and partnership development in Switzerland.
Marc joined the board of Street Child in 2016. Based in Lausanne, he has over 12 years’ experience in business development, and sales and marketing, having worked for several large corporates in Finland, Italy, and Switzerland. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Finnish coffee company Crema.
Marc hold an MBA from IMD business school and is fluent in Finnish, Swedish, English and Italian. He is passionate about supporting youth and education projects in Africa. In his spare time, Marc is an avid mountaineer and passionate about history.
Florian started to get involved with Street Child when he participated in the first Sierra Leone Marathon in 2012. Since then, he has run four other Street Child marathons both in Sierra Leone and in Nepal. He volunteered for Street Child for several years, including a four-month volunteer project in Makeni, Sierra Leone. He has also made several other similar trips to Sierra Leone and Liberia for Street Child.
Florian has also been involved with the Surfrider Foundation and the nonprofit organisation Room to Read for many years. He has 12 years of experience in international marketing for Vistaprint and Baur Versand, and has worked in Germany and Spain as well as in the USA.