“Many children in sub-Saharan Africa live, work and sleep on the streets,” says Tess. “These children are young, vulnerable, and alone. Yet somehow, they are resilient. And just like our children, they have fantastic potential. Street Child Africa supports these children through education, training and economic empowerment. But together, we could do so much more. Let’s all stand up for street children. Let’s all support The International Day for Street Children.”
The fourth International Day for Street Children is on April 12, providing a platform for millions of street children around the world to speak out so that their rights cannot be ignored.
The Consortium for Street Children (CSC) launched International Day for Street Children in 2011, with help from its global corporate partner Aviva, to ensure that millions of street children around the globe have their voices heard. Every year since then support has grown, and the day is now celebrated in over 130 countries by street children and their champions.
Celebrated by street children, NGOs, celebrities, policy makers, businesses and individuals around the world, the Day now has high profile supporters including Steven Gerrard, Danny Boyle, John Major and Bianca Jagger.
“You want to know why I support street children?” asks GOT’s James Cosmo. “Because we have all made silly mistakes in our youth. Fortunately, most of us had families and friends to support us, to help us, to rely on. But street children don’t. Imagine if that was our kids alone and out on the streets. That’s why Street Child Africa’s work is so important. Let’s give these kids a chance. Support The International Day for Street Children.”
Find out more about International Day for Street Children here.