Street Child is a UK registered charity, discount which helps to create opportunities through education for some of the most vulnerable children in the world.
Street Child has recently expanded into Liberia. They aim to help out-of-school children, ask many of whom are living full-time on the streets, and offer them the chance to improve their lives by going to school and reuniting them with their families.
Land area: 111,370 sq km
Population: 3.79 million. An estimated 350,000 Liberian refugees live in the sub-region as a result of the civil war.
Language: English (official) and 16 other languages, including the lingua franca “Liberian English” (Creole).
Ethnic groups: There are 16 ethnic groups that make up Liberia’s indigenous population. The Kpelle in central and western Liberia is the largest ethnic group. Americo-Liberians who are descendants of freed slaves that arrived in Liberia after 1820 make up less than 5% of the population.
Demographics: 44% are 14 years or younger with a median age of 18.3 years.
Street Child’s objectives through participating in the SCWC Rio 2014 was to change public perceptions of street children in Liberia, raise awareness of Street Child of Liberia’s work and to immediately benefit hundreds of street children who participate in weekly football sessions – and gain access to Street Child’s projects as a result.
Team Liberia returned home to a heroes’ welcome, from families, sponsors and the local press. The team were the most-read national News story in Liberia for 2 days during the SCWC.
As ambassadors for street children, Team Liberia have traveled to Sierra Leone to speak about their experiences, and also made presentations in their communities and their schools.
They have been trained as health ambassadors to help in the fight against Ebola in their communities, as the country deals with the outbreak.
In collaboration with the Liberia Football Association (LFA)
And the Liberian Government Ministry of Youth and Sports.
If you would like to support our continued partnership with Team Liberia please contact, Karin@streetchildunited.org