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International Day for Street Children

On International Day for Street Children, let's come together and raise awareness for the millions of vulnerable children living on the streets.
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Let's come together and raise awareness for the millions of street children around the world on International Day for Street Children on April 12! This day was established by the Consortium for Street Children in 2012 to shed light on the challenges faced by children who live and work on the streets. It's a chance for us to show our support and help make a positive impact in their lives. From organizing fundraising events to volunteering at local organizations, there are endless ways to get involved and make a difference. So let's join hands and celebrate these resilient and courageous children!

History of International Day for Street Children

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2003</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>CSC Established</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Consortium for Street Children (CSC), an international network dedicated to advocating for street children worldwide, was established.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2012</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First International Day for Street Children</div><div class='timeline-text'>The CSC established the first International Day for Street Children, emphasizing the importance of recognizing and advocating for the rights of street children.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2013</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inclusion by the UN</div><div class='timeline-text'>The United Nations officially started observing the International Day for Street Children, raising global awareness about the issues that these children face.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2016</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Street Champions project launched</div><div class='timeline-text'>CSC launched its Street Champions project, a global youth participation initiative for former street-connected children to advocate for their rights at local, national, and international levels.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2019</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>General Comment No. 21 Endorsed</div><div class='timeline-text'>CSC successfully pushed for the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to endorse General Comment No. 21, providing the first-ever comprehensive interpretation of children's rights in the street context.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate International Day for Street Children

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer at a local organization</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Contact a local organization that supports street children and offer to volunteer your time. You can help with activities, tutoring, or simply spend time getting to know the children and showing them love and support.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Educate yourself and others</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take the time to learn about the issues facing street children and share this information with others. You can also organize a seminar or workshop to raise awareness and educate others on how they can help.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a fundraiser</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Organize a fundraising event, such as a concert, bake sale, or auction, to raise money for organizations that support street children. This is a great way to make a difference and have fun while doing it.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Spread positivity on social media</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Use your social media platforms to spread positivity and raise awareness about International Day for Street Children. Share stories, facts, and ways to get involved with your followers.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a street children’s day out</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Plan a fun day out for street children in your community. This could include a trip to the zoo, a picnic in the park, or a day at an amusement park. Give these children a chance to just be kids and create happy memories.</p></div></div>

Why International Day for Street Children is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It raises awareness for a critical issue</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>International Day for Street Children brings attention to the millions of children around the world who are forced to live and work on the streets. This day helps shed light on their struggles and raises awareness for the need to protect and support street children.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It advocates for the rights of vulnerable children</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Street children often face discrimination, violence, and exploitation due to their living conditions. International Day for Street Children serves as a reminder that these children have rights, just like any other child, and deserve to have those rights protected.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It encourages action and support from individuals and institutions</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By acknowledging International Day for Street Children, it prompts people to take action in supporting programs and organizations that work to improve the lives of street children. It also urges governments and institutions to prioritize addressing this issue and providing resources for at-risk children.</p></div></div>

5 Eye-Opening Facts About Street Children

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Street children are a global concern</h3><p class='facts-content'>According to UNICEF, there are millions of street children across the globe, with this number increasing due to factors like urbanization, poverty, and family breakdowns.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Street children are often stigmatized and marginalized</h3><p class='facts-content'>Frequent targets of discrimination and social stigmatization, they are often denied access to services such as education and healthcare.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Many street children face exploitation and abuse</h3><p class='facts-content'>Their vulnerability often exposes them to various forms of exploitation and abuse, including child labor, sexual exploitation, trafficking and drug abuse.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Street children are surprisingly resourceful and resilient </h3><p class='facts-content'>Despite their harsh circumstances, street children exhibit incredible resilience. They often develop unique coping mechanisms to survive the realities of street life, demonstrating their strength and tenacity.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Street children need protection, not punishment</h3><p class='facts-content'>Instead of punitive actions, what these children really need is the protection of their rights and the provision of supportive services to integrate them back into society.</p></div></div>

International Day for Street Children FAQs

When is International Day for Street Children?

International Day for Street Children is celebrated on April 12 every year. In 2024, the date falls on a Friday.

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