Christmas Appeal

this is our Christmas appeal

Thank you for supporting Street Child’s Christmas appeal, highlighted in The Times and The Sunday Times and supported with match funding by the UK government and additional funders.  

We were delighted to have been chosen as one of the three charities supported by The Times and The Sunday Times Christmas Appeal for 2023. Journalists from both newspapers visited our programmes in various countries, speaking with children and their families who Street Child has supported. Thank you to everyone who read our articles, donated to the appeal, and shared with your networks! Together, we are helping ensure more children can access life-changing education.  

Our stories  

Catch up on Street Child’s coverage as part of the appeal, which you can access for free directly on The Times and The Sunday Times websites.  

Girls in Nepal find opportunities in education

The charity Street Child offers former child brides a way to break the cycle of early marriage by escaping poverty

Afghanistan’s children need our help, says charity director who fled Kabul

For Hamidullah Abawi, staying in Afghanistan was not an option

You’ve raised £1.86m, and there’s still time to give to our Christmas Appeal

Readers of The Times and The Sunday Times have been changing lives through Whizz Kidz, Feeding Britain and Street Child

Ball pits and candy floss create a safe space for Ukrainian children

A children’s centre offers a welcome distraction from air raid sirens.


Child amputees in Sierra Leone face discrimination and exclusion. Find out how Street Child is helping change their story.

Andrew Mitchell: Give to Street Child and government will double the value

Street Child is delighted to be supported by the Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP and Minister of State of the United Kingdom for Development and Africa.

The world’s forgotten war: a rare journey beyond Boko Haram lines

Street Child has helped almost 8,000 children in a Nigerian town blighted by jihadists — providing trauma counselling and training for work.

I was trafficked to Italy. Then, Street Child saved my life

The charity spent 15 months in 2021 and 2022 helping almost 100 survivors of trafficking and working to intercept vulnerable girls from the hands of smugglers.

Street Child education helped me after falling into the hands of traffickers

Grace Ebele was taken from Nigeria to Libya, brutalised and shot at. Now she has new skills and her own shop.

‘Education is the greatest way to help children realise their potential’

Dame Helen Mirren is backing our Christmas appeal and asks Times readers to support Street Child and help lift children out of poverty.

A hunger to learn in a remote Nigerian village

The children of subsistence farmers are being taught to be future leaders

The Times view on Street Child: A Children’s Lifeline

Street Child offers a way out of poverty and illiteracy for children across the world.

Slum children dream of becoming doctors and engineers

Freetown’s most infamous slum quarter is home to 10,000 people but has only one school with three ramshackle classrooms.

I was a teenage sex worker until Street Child changed my life

Alima was taken under the wing of the charity 15 years ago in its first mission.

The creche where Ukrainian children learn to laugh again

More than 1,300 schools have been destroyed by Russia. Street Child, one of three charities chosen for our Christmas Appeal, offers education, clothing, food — and psychological support for all

Giving back to the charity that helped me escape the slums of Kampala

Street Child works across the world to give children an education — and can count on a former beneficiary for help in Uganda.

Times Radio interviews Tom Dannatt

Hear Street Child CEO & Co-Founder Tom Dannatt on Times Radio.

Will Greenwood and Eleanor Tomlinson back ‘virtuous loop’ for millions

Actress and rugby star join The Times and Sunday Times Christmas Appeal to raise funds for children worldwide.

How Street Child is using football to help Ukraine’s young people

Few in Bucha have not been touched by tragedy, but a charity backed by the Times and Sunday Times offers hope.

The Times and Sunday Times Christmas Appeal

Help Street Child carry out their vital work.

Thank you to our match funders 

Donations to Street Child’s Christmas appeal between 15th December and 31st January were eligible to be matched by the UK government pound-for-pound up to £500,000.   

The first £225,000 donated to this appeal were also matched by From Babies with Love, Boodles, and an anonymous donor, tripling the impact for children and their families who need it most.  

100% of eligible match funding from the UK government will go directly toward a Street Child project in Sierra Leone, which will help thousands of vulnerable children attend and stay in school. Public donations will go toward Street Child’s work around the world to see children safe, in school and learning.  

While our Christmas appeal has come to an end, our work to support marginalised children around the world continues. If you would like to help us carry on this mission, you can do so by donating below. You can also catch up on all our coverage by The Times and Sunday Times.  

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could provide a learning kit, including basic stationery and textbooks, for a child living in the Boko Haram stronghold of North East Nigeria.


could provide sports kit, like footballs and nets, for 100 children fleeing conflict in Mozambique.


could send a primary school girl in Afghanistan to school for a year.


Or enter your own amount. Please give generously!


could send a girl to primary school in Afghanistan for one year.


could keep 2 rural primary schools equipped with teaching and learning materials in Sierra Leone.


could buy warm clothing and basic supplies for a displaced family arriving at a Street Child centre in Ukraine each month.


Or enter your own amount. Please give generously!

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