Not for 1 in 10 children worldwide who remain out of education. This is an education crisis.

We need your support

In Sierra Leone and Liberia, the compounding impacts of civil war, the Ebola crisis and the COVID-19

pandemic has resulted in tens of thousands of children being out of education. Innocent children are

paying the price for complex situations out of their control. This September, as children in the UK return to school, let us not forget those whose opportunity to learn is not a given.



Teen pregnancy has been described as an endemic in Sierra Leone. Many young girls are forced to drop out of school due to poverty and then are at higher risk of falling pregnant, early marriage and gender based violence.


Isatu was just 15 when she fell pregnant and was forced to drop out of school. Watch her story now.


With your support Street Child can support girls, like Isatu, to ensure they remain safe, in school and learning.


In Sierra Leone, poverty continues to be the biggest barrier to accessing education. The conflict in Ukraine has contributed to fuel prices doubling in the last 18 months. Young children are forced to make the choice between working to support their families or returning to school. Girls continue to drop out of school at a higher rate due to the intersection of poverty and gender.


Many rural communities in Liberia do not have nearby schools. The communities are impossible to access by road meaning many children walk for many kilometres to their nearest school.


Celia lives in a rural village in Liberia. Her parents struggled to earn enough money to provide her with school materials such as books and uniform. Before Street Child became involved, she was at risk of dropping out school completely. Watch her story now.


With your support we can ensure children, like Celia, in rural Liberia remain safe, in school and learning.


Liberia has one of the world’s highest numbers of out of school children, with young girls being at risk of being forgotten as they face the most challenging and complex barriers to education.


Over 50% of girls in Liberia will not make the transition from primary to secondary school this year. When young girls are not in school, they are at higher risk of gender-based violence, teen pregnancy, and early marriage with girls being married as young as 15.


Click the button below and share your fondest and earliest memories of being at school. Whether it’s of an inspiring teacher or when you met your best friend for life. Share your story and join us in ensuring children around the world can form memories likes yours while being safe, in school and learning.

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could provide an out of school child in Liberia with an education support package for one year. The package not only includes a school bag, but a clean uniform, exercise books and new pens to work with.


could support a teen mother in Sierra Leone with counselling to return to school as well as a support package to help them stay in school. This package includes food for the baby and sanitary products.


could provide a whole rural primary school in Sierra Leone with the gift of teaching materials and resources to support teacher’s to teach effectively, improving the learning experience in the classroom.


Or enter your own amount. Please give generously!


could purchase a new book bag with stationery for a child who is newly enrolling at one of Street Child's schools in Liberia.


could contribute to the cost of a desk for two children in a classroom in a newly constructed school in Liberia.


could provide a grade 1 class with a set of story books which will allow them to read together as a group.


Or enter your own amount. Please give generously!

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Back to School Appeal FAQs
  • Street Child works with local organisations to ensure every child has access to an education. We work to ensure all children are safe, in school and learning- especially in low resource environments and emergencies which are often forgotten. Since 2008 we have supported 749,920 children with services such as direct access to education and mental health provision. By donating to our Back to School appeal, you will ensure we can change the lives of thousands of children and that no child is forgotten. 

  • Other than donating there are many other ways you can support the Back to School appeal. Talking about and sharing our appeal is incredibly valuable in amplifying the voices of forgotten children. You can do this by sharing our campaign videos on your social media, reading the blog posts from our in-country teams, starting a conversation with your friends on these important topics or even setting up your own fundraiser! Visit our fundraising hub for more information on how to fundraise for Street Child.

  • Donations from our Back to School appeal are unrestricted. This means 88% of the money raised will go towards ensuring children across the world are not forgotten. For every £1 you donate 88p is spent on ensuring children are safe, in school and learning while 12p is spent on admin costs. Admin costs allow us to achieve our main goal, which is to provide quality programmes across our projects in 20 countries. To find out more on how Street Child spends our funding please visit out ‘about us’ page. 

  • To find out more about Street Child’s work in Sierra Leone and Liberia visit our country pages. Here you will find out more on our programmes, blogs, news and media as well as stories from beneficiaries of our programmes.  

  • If you are a UK taxpayer, your donation can go even further in supporting Street Child with Gift Aid. It is a scheme administered by HM Revenue and Customs which allows us to claim 25p for every £1 that you donate. For example, if you donate £20, we can claim an extra £5: this makes your gift worth £25. 

    To sign up to Gift Aid, print off the following Gift Aid form and send it back to  

    If you already donate to us and want to check that you are gift aiding your donations then please get in touch with us at or call us 020 7614 7696. 


  • Yes, please do. Get creative and make sure to get your family, friends and work colleagues involved! You could have a bake sale, set yourself a challenge and get your family and friends to sponsor you or host a supper club and ask your friends to donate the price of their meal. For more ideas and more information please visit our fundraising hub!