In the Shadow of a Pandemic: Harare's Street Youth Experience COVID-19

30 June 2020
Harare's Street Youth Experience COVID-19 – a new online story map

Lockdown began in Zimbabwe on 30 March 2020, and a few days before the Zimbabwean government conducted roundups of street children to remove them from the streets. Since lockdown began, young people remaining on the streets have been struggling to survive in a country where two-thirds of people live in poverty.

Growing up on the Streets research projec...

StreetInvest in the Guardian

16 April 2020

As our International Day for Street Children campaign , ‘They are depending on us’ , came to an end yesterday, The Guardian published this story which appeared on its website’s front page: ‘Will we die of hunger?’: how Covid-19 lockdowns imperil street...

Street Work: Making the Street Safer during Covid-19

8 April 2020
Street Work: Making the Street Safer during Covid-19 8th April 2020: Launching our International Day for Street Children campaign

Safe Spaces for Street Children

The theme for this year’s International Day for Street Children is ‘Safe Spaces for Street Children’. That means safe spaces where street-connected children can take refuge and seek support – and in the time of Covid-19, self-isolate safely in a way that respects their rights and meets their basic needs. But it also means...

COVID-19 on the Streets

24 March 2020

"For how long do you think the situation is going for? If the government announces curfew or total lock down, how will we survive?" Street-connected young person supported by Glad’s House, Mombasa, Kenya

Isolation is nothing new for a child who relies on the street for their survival and lives every day disconnected from their community, without the support of a trusted adult. As the global COVID-19 pandemic takes hold, and we all adapt to being more isolated than we were, street-...

UNCRC turns 30

20 November 2019

In 2006, I met Robbie on the streets of Kitwe, Zambia. Some of you know him too as I have spoken of him many times. About the same age as our second son, about the same size, the same damn Manchester United shirt – but he was on the streets of an African city and our son was home in Twickenham.

This was, to me, “just not right” and it was the start of a journey which quickly made clear that children like Robbie cannot take their rights for granted. Probably like my son, they...

Making street-connected children count

25 June 2019
A national headcount in Sierra Leone and working with UNICEF

Data collection is one of the most complex challenges facing the street child sector and the development sector more broadly, as effective programmes and policy interventions rely on access to accurate, disaggregated data, captured in an ethical and secure way. Street-connected young people are particularly hard to enumerate; they are often nomadic, without permanent addresses and can be hard to identify in public spaces. It is one...

Be Their Champion

25 April 2019
The International Day for Street Children 2019

This year StreetInvest and its partners coordinated its first global advocacy event to celebrate the International Day for Street Children on the 12th April. Government consultations were hosted in Mombasa, Kenya by Glad’s House; Tamale, Ghana by MFCS and Kolkata, India by CINI. Each consultation was co-designed with and attended by street-connected children on StreetInvest's ‘Street Champions’ programme. The Street Champions programme empowers...

Becoming a Change Agent

3 January 2019
Durga Roy is on the Change Agent programme at CINI. She had strong connections to the street in her childhood and was supported by CINI. This is her incredible story.

“My journey from being a street connected child to becoming a Change Agent and working for the rights of other street-connected children has not been a piece of cake.

I had strong connections to the street as a child. I was subjected to torture by an alcoholic father, which only strengthened my connection. With...

Making street children count in Mombasa

20 December 2018
Making street children count in Mombasa this week…

It might be less than a week to Christmas, but we have not slowed down. Hugo has been in Mombasa, Kenya, since the 9 th December with the Glad’s House team, where a citywide headcount is taking place. Hugo is with Glad’s House Directors Liz and Bokey and their street work team. Other organsiations across the city are also taking part (some of whom pictured).

Glad’s House have been operating in Mombasa since 2006 and reach over 100...

Youth work is...

9 November 2018
It’s National Youth Work Week 2018

Each year, the National Youth Agency host Youth Work Week in the UK in celebration of our sector and the young people we work with. The theme this year is simply: “What is youth work?”

Everything that StreetInvest does promotes or supports street work, which is actually a distinct form of youth work, aiming specifically to support street-connected young people.

This is what youth work means to us...

In some...