What SSSK does
Students Supporting Street Kids aims to make people aware about the issues affecting street connected children. We raise money for projects that work with such children and which help them realise their potential. SSSK was founded by two students. Our branches are run by students, and 100% of all monies raised and donated go to street child NGOs.
Take a look at our latest Jan 2016 Newsletter and at the others from last year Jan 2015 Newsletter and the April 2015 one. You will find updated information about our NGOs and news of what is happening in branches. See a long term ray of hope in the UN General Comment 2014 which the Consortium for Street Children has been patiently working towards. See also the CSC Briefing-Paper on Identity 2016
Street Child Games Rio 2016
See: www.streetchildunited.org where using the power of sport, teams of former street children showed the world what they can achieve when they can access their rights. Each sport was themed, raising awareness of the challenges street children face and celebrating their potential, including:
100m: Identity Hurdles: Overcoming challenges 800m: Perseverance Long jump: Potential Shot Put: Future Relay: Community Football: United Nations Cricket: New Horizons
Two SSSK members were there as volunteers to help at the Games and at the all-important Congress.
Usha Elumalai’s address to the Rio General Assembley packs a powerful message. Take a look.
If you are planning or undertaking an event to raise funds for SSSK you can now use BTmydonate to set up a fundraising page. Go to https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/sssk
For a long time we were using Bmycharity, because of their minimal charges (paid for by the Trustees) and BTmydonate operates in a similar way at low cost to their charities.
Please note that we are only able to support NGO’s that members have visited.
Have a look at what it’s like to live on the streets in Colombia or in Ethiopia:
Have a look at how NGOs work to help street children:
http://www.voiceofchildren.org.np/ under VOC programmes and Street Children Project. Other NGOs work in similar ways, and there is much more information here (on the SSSK website) under both Links and NGOs we support.
A wide ranging source of information
There’s a website http://www.gvnet.com/streetchildren/ which has been set up by Professor Martin Patt from the University of Massachusetts in the USA. It is intended as an educational tool, and includes articles about the prevalence, abuse and exploitation of street children in more than 150 countries. It provides a huge resource, including some specifically for teachers and some for parents. It consists mainly of press reports and articles, but there is other material as well.