Our 100,000 Children Appeal
With the support of amazing people like you, Street Child Africa has reached thousands of children. But there’s so much work still to be done.
That's why this year we are launching an appeal to reach the 100,000 children living and working on the streets in the cities of the six African countries where we work.
Please make a gift to help children on their journey home or to a better, safer future. Your £20 could pay for four children to have a night away from the streets in a safe place.
Abdou's Journey Home
Abdou was just 5 years old when his parents, through poverty and desperation, sent him to what they believed would be a better life at a “free” school in Mbour, Senegal. With no means of providing him with an education they believed that this was for the best.
“I will never forget my first glimpse of that silent and fearful boy”.
When Street Child Africa met Abdou he was frightened and badly injured with wounds on his head and back. He had been beaten by his ‘teacher’ for not earning enough money begging. Through fear he had run away. The police found him and called Street Child Africa’s Senegalese partner who offered him shelter and comfort at their centre.
For Abdou, the worst was over and his life could start again. His family were traced and plans were made to take him home. As the hours went by on the journey Abdou's behaviour changed noticeably, he started to whistle melodies and pointed at things that he recognised. He even jigged around to the music on the radio. When they approached his home he jumped
up: "My mum". It had been three years...