Street Child was established in 2008 in the UK and aims to create educational opportunity for some of the most vulnerable children in West Africa. Starting in Sierra Leone, which was – at the time – the poorest country in the world, the charity has supported around 35 ,000 urban and rural children to access a quality education.
On 24th October 2015, the Sierra Leone Marathon will take place once again in northern Sierra Leone. Runners will be taking part in a very unique race amongst stunning scenery, as well as raising vital funds to support Street Child’s work towards mitigating the effects of the Ebola disaster.
Street Child say “The Ebola virus is not just damaging to those who contract the virus but also to those who are left behind. In Sierra Leone there have been around 12,000 children orphaned by Ebola. Many of these children are still at risk of hunger, malnutrition and abuse. And there are thousands more children whose access to education is now critically at risk as a direct result of the disease.“
Street Child provides orphans with trauma counselling, emergency feeding where necessary, resettlement support and small enterprise training, as well as grants for the new caregiver to ensure they can sustainably care for their family and extended family.
With a 5km, 10km, half marathon and full marathon to choose from, anyone can take part in this unique event. You can visit Street Child’s website to learn more.
You can donate to Street Child’s Sierra Leone Marathon campaign via their Virgin Money Giving page.