The International Day for Street Children is celebrated every year on April 12th. The day provides a platform for the millions of street children around the world - and their champions - to speak out so that their rights cannot be ignored.
Across the globe there are large numbers of children surviving on the streets - it's time we all took action to address this issue.
Whether they are a runaway from Detroit or a street child in Delhi, the factors that drive children to the streets are similar (and include family breakdown, poverty, and violence). Heavy handed treatment by authorities - such as violence and round-ups - is all too common and must stopped.
The International Day for Street Children was launched in 2011 by the Consortium for Street Children (CSC), the leading international network dedicated to realizing the rights of street children worldwide.
We are calling for governments and society to join together and stand up for the rights of street children all over the world. Being a street child is not a crime.
Street children see themselves as able to make a positive contribution to society despite often negative attitudes towards them. We must recognize that a street child has the same potential as any other child, given the opportunity.
CSC has already successfully lobbied the UN for a specific resolution recognizing street children's rights. We now want to take this a step further and ensure that States and governments are also doing all they can to support street children.
Total Funding Received to Date: $3,019
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $1,981
Total Funding Goal: $5,000
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).