April 12th is the International Day for Street Children. There are over 100 million children worldwide who work and live on the streets. These children currently have no choice but to live a 'hand to mouth' existence. At ChildHope we know that it doesn't need to be like this. As a member of the Consortium for Street Children we want to raise global awareness of the world's forgotten children by giving them a voice and demanding an international day!
Take action now and sign the Day of the Street Child petition.
Why demand a day?
This year is the 4th International Day for Street Children, taking place on 12th April. ChildHope is involved in pushing for official UN recognition of an International Day for Street Children, through a petition co-ordinated by CSC. With an official UN Day street children will be able to place greater pressure on governments around the world to recognise and support them as they deserve, giving the issue global exposure.
Take Action!Over 6000 people have shown their support for the International Day for Street Children by signing the petition. Why not join them?
You can also tweet to raise global awareness of the day, using the hashtag #TweetForStreets.
"If the whole world was listening, what would you say?"
The focus of this year's Day is to listen to street children. This is vital because, when it comes to understanding what life on the streets is really like, they are the experts. Yet so often they are ignored and no-one asks them what they think and feel about their experiences. Many of ChildHope's partners are celebrating the Day of the Street Child. They are bringing people together to learn from the children themselves, celebrating the positive changes that can be made to children's lives, and putting pressure on decision-makers to support and protect children.Their activities include:
- ANPPCAN Uganda have organised a procession in the capital Kampala followed by a public dialogue to be held at the Parliament of Uganda. The main issues will be pressuring the enactment of a street children policy by government and the establishment of rehabilitation centres for street children.
- In Kenya Pendekezo Letu and its network is going to celebrate the day in a secondary school just next to Mathare slum, where there will be activities and services for street children, such as free medical treatment, free meals, guidance and counselling, legal advice, games and entertainments and presentations from former street children.
- In Tanzania Mkombozi and its partners will hold an event with many art performances and acrobats led by former street connected children to share their experience.
Demand a day, take action and sign the Day of the Street Child Petition.