We are proud to announce that this year we have been accepted for the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2019, the UK’s biggest match funding campaign.

The project

For a child on the streets, life can be hard and frightening. Street children know what they need, but don’t know how to make their voices heard.  They fall through the cracks, missing out on rights that every child should take for granted, such as education, safety and an income to survive.

With your support, we will train practitioners and street children to tell those who should protect them exactly what they need. This could help change laws and policies so they have the chance of safer lives.  We will use innovative e-learning, child-friendly formats and face to face training to give street children and those who support them the tools and confidence they need to make lasting changes to their lives.

How it works

During the live week when the Christmas Challenge is running (midday 3rd December to midday 10th December) all of the donations you make on the Big Give platform will be doubled. In other words, if you donate £20, we will get £40 – the other half matched by our amazing supporters who have together pledged £12,500 for the whole campaign.

This means that if during the live week, our donations reach our target of £12,500, Consortium for Street Children will receive double that amount: £25,000. One donation, twice the impact!

This amount will be used to finance our project to provide cheap, sustainable training solutions for street children and charity workers who help them to advocate for their rights.

If you would like to support us during the Big Give Christmas Challenge week (3-10 December), please leave your email with us and we will send you a friendly reminder to donate once the campaign goes live.

 

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"Give us the opportunity to change our story"
Street child boy from Brazil, age 18

Situation

Street children are often unable to stand up for their rights and are habitually denied necessities such as education, healthcare, and even food and shelter. Our members have direct access to these children, responding to their needs and providing services essential to their well-being and survival. They have the networks and influence to demand change at policy level, but there is currently no cheap, accessible training solution to support them in speaking up with and for street children.

 

Solution

  1. We will develop e-learning materials and courses that train organisations and children to advocate for the rights of street children, both nationally and globally.
  2. We will provide cheap, sustainable training solutions which are culturally relevant and available in different languages, utilising expertise from street children, our members, and thought leaders across the sector.
  3. We will also create a pool of skilled trainers, working at grassroots level and ensuring their voices are heard.

Aims

Aim 1

Street children can speak out about their rights to governments and organisations who exist to protect them. We will create fun online exercises for children to increase awareness and understanding of their rights, and how to protect them. We will create 5 online exercises, with 50+ impressions.

Aim 2

Our members can advocate for the rights of street children at policy and government level. We will provide e-learning courses in different languages that show how to advocate for the rights of street children. We will create e-learning materials in multiple languages, shared with 20+ participants.

Aim 3

Street children and grassroots organisations with no internet are trained in advocacy and able to make their voices heard. We will build a pool of trainers skilled to conduct training in different regions across the world. We will hold 2x Training of Trainers sessions, including ongoing support.

Aim 4

Organisations are skilled to continue spreading knowledge after the project end. We will support our qualified pool of trainers on an ongoing basis to facilitate further training sessions. A further 10+ organisations will be trained through the newly qualified trainers.

Impact

This will contribute to better laws to protect street children and not discriminate against them. There will also be improved access to basic services such as education, shelter and healthcare. Street children who are involved directly in the project will understand their rights, what they are entitled to and how to make their voices heard. In addition, street children as a wider community will benefit from the advocacy organisations and other street children undertake on their behalf.

Reporting

We will demonstrate the success of our training through collecting case studies from all those participating in the Training of Trainers sessions, and a sample group of those participating in e-learning, demonstrating how the knowledge they gained directly helped them to advocate for change. We will share a quarterly update report outlining our progress and giving examples through testimonies, case studies or blogs. We will also demonstrate how the project fits in with our wider work.

Budget

This project will complement the work we are doing in partnership with Red Nose Day USA to keep street children safe. Their funding has contributed towards setting up training initiatives.

See the enlarged cost breakdown here.