The Day

About the Day

This year, the fourth International Day for Street Children will take place on 12th April, providing a platform for millions of street children around the world to speak out so that their rights cannot be ignored.

The Consortium for Street Children (CSC) launched International Day for Street Children in 2011, with help from its global corporate partner Aviva, to ensure that millions of street children around the globe have their voices heard. Every year since then support has grown, and the day is now celebrated in over 130 countries by street children and their champions.

Celebrated by street children, NGOs, celebrities, policy makers, businesses and individuals around the world, the Day now has high profile supporters including Steven Gerrard, Danny Boyle, John Major and Bianca Jagger.

How to get involved

"If the whole world was listening, what would you say?"

This is the question CSC is asking street children all around the world ahead of  this year’s International Day for Street Children, giving them the platform to speak out about the issues that affect them.

In the run up to 12th April, CSC will be sharing their answers on their Twitter account @streetchildren with the dedicated hashtag #TweetForTheStreet.

TweetstreetJoin the campaign today by using #TweetForTheStreet so the voices of street children can be heard to raise awareness and challenge misconceptions about street children.

CSC, with the involvement of major sponsors Aviva and HSBC, is working towards official UN recognition of International Day for Street Children.  

If it becomes an official UN Day – like World Water Day or World AIDS Day – then vital pressure will be placed on governments around the world to recognise and support street children. It will mean street children will finally get the help and attention they deserve.

So far, over 6,000 people have shown their support for the International Day for Street Children by signing the petition here.

Join us in spreading the word so that these children will be impossible to ignore.

About Consortium for Street Children (CSC)

CSC was set up by NGOs around the world, to amplify the voices of street children, promote their rights and improve their lives.

We now have a network of members in over 130 countries, including small charities, large international NGOs, global corporations, academics, and affiliated groups of street children.

For over two decades, CSC has been working hard to improve the lives of street children worldwide, including through the International Day for Street Children.

About Aviva’s Street to School initiative

Aviva is a well-known life, general insurance and asset management business.

Street to School is Aviva’s flagship global community development initiative. Since it was launched in 2009, we have helped more than 800,000 children in 17 different countries. During 2013 we shifted our focus from just being a champion for street child rights to being a catalyst. That means working with partners to develop more sustainable, lasting outcomes and helping more people work together on behalf of street-connected children.