Street Child of Liberia, a new NGO, launched its first project yesterday at the Ministry of Gender and Development in Monrovia.Street Child of Liberia (SCL), aims to reduce the number of children in Monrovia, who are reliant on the streets for their survival, and ultimately to reduce the number of out of school children in Liberia.
A Street Child of Liberia release said, “Since 2012 the organization has been identifying street children throughout the capital to benefit from its projects to help get them back home and into education while giving their families the means to maintain them.”
The release stated that the NGO is supported by the UK charity Street Child, which provides funding, training, and support to help build its capacity.
It said Street Child has made an impact in neighboring Sierra Leone by working with local organizations on similar projects that currently create educational opportunities for more than 20,000 children.
“Our goal is to replicate the kind of impact here in Liberia that Street Child has already achieved in Sierra Leone,” said Michael John Bull, who has been seconded from Street Child of Sierra Leone to help Street Child of Liberia.
Street Child of Liberia’s initial aim is to connect children living full time on the streets with one of the NGO’s social workers.
The release said the NGO will represent safe, responsible adult influence in the child’s life, explaining that the child will go through a counseling and mediation process before being introduced to a new family.
The Street Child of Liberia, the release added, will pay the child’s first year back in school and work with the child’s family to help increase its capacity.
“Sustainability sits at the heart of what we do,” said Tom Dannatt, Street Child’s founder and managing director. “By helping families achieve the means they require to keep their children in school, the charity has the opportunity to work with Liberian street children on the same scale as we have already achieved in Sierra Leone.”
There are presently 211 Liberian children that the Street Child of Liberia is working with, drawn from several communities in Monrovia.