Street Child is a UK charity, established in 2008, that aims to create educational opportunities for some of the most vulnerable children in Africa and Asia. The Bright Future Trust has supported them in Nigeria and Sierra Leone since 2017.
The Boko Haram uprising in Nigeria has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions, and in 2016 Street Child made the decision to respond to the crisis. With the support of the Bright Future Trust and working in collaboration with local organisations, Street Child has implemented major education and child protection programmes across the three worst-affected states in Nigeria. These programmes have all been made possible by the initial £100,000 that BFT personally provided in 2017 and have been life changing for thousands of children and their families. These programmes supported by BFT have ensured that the children living in these dangerous locations live in safer, more dignified conditions and have access to quality education in safe learning spaces.
Also supported by BFT was the Schools for Tomorrow fund, a Street Child project to build, renovate and re-energise 1,000 schools across Sierra Leone by 2023.
Thanks to the support of funders like the Bright Future Trust, Street Child has supported 339 villages with education provision and has worked to help train 1,091 teachers, reaching 35,000 children in the remotest parts of the country and supporting access to better learning. Since announcing their Schools for Tomorrow plan in 2018 in which the BFT invested, they have raised £1.4 million of their £10 million target. With this they have constructed or renovated 67 new schools and provided resources for 471 classrooms, as well as facilitating government approval for 20 schools, enabling their teachers and students to access the government’s resources and funding.