The Day

About the Day

This year, the fifth 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.

This year our main theme for the International Day for Street Children will  be a celebration of the United Nations agreeing to develop a General Comment on Children in Street Situations and the positive impact we believe it will have on street children and the organisations that support them.

The Consortium for Street Children (CSC) launched the 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

Support our #TweetForTheStreet 2015 social media campaign:

Our #TweetForTheStreet campaign was launched in 2014 to help make the voices of street children heard wordlwide. To get involved this year and for more information on the content we will be sharing on social media this year, click here.

Continue to demand an official UN 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.

Support the work of CSC and its network members:

If you wish to support our work, or the work of a CSC network member, and make a donation you can do so here.

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

Aviva is a well-known life, general insurance and asset management business. In 2011 Aviva helped launch the first International Day for Street Children and has supported the event ever since.

Aviva also runs the Street to School, its flagship global community development initiative. Launched in 2009, the programme has so far helped more than 800,000 children in 17 different countries. During 2013 Aviva shifted its 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.