Last autumn we launched our If I Grow Up appeal. We wanted to raise enough money to reach nearly 3,000 vulnerable children living on the streets in East Africa.
With your help, If I Grow Up was our most successful appeal ever. We raised more than £589,000 in three months and the UK government has now matched this figure - bringing the final total to £1,178,000.
We’d like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated to the campaign or fundraised for it. We’ve already started to use the money to help some of the most vulnerable children in East Africa, India and the UK.
Matched funding has secured some of our most vital work in East Africa for the next 2 years and your donations have given us the chance to reach even more children in UK and India.
We truly can change futures. But none of this would happen without you.
When George was seven, his mother died. He was sent to live with an aunt who beat him and made him drop out of school. Eventually he ran away.
George was sleeping rough at Mwanza bus station when we found him. He didn’t realise how much danger he was in.
Children are stolen from and beaten on the streets of Mwanza. Many are raped. Some are killed. Those who survive often dull the pain by sniffing glue or petrol.
George’s future was looking bleak. But, with your help, we’ve turned his life around.Read George's story
Jonni was begging in the middle of a six lane highway… My own children aren’t even allowed to cross the road on their own.
Read Pete's blog
Our East Africa Director, Pete Kent, has been on a trip to East Africa to see how your money is changing lives. In this first special blog for Railway Children, Pete talks about how his work affects him as a person and as a dad.
There will always be more to do. But thanks to you we’re reaching more and more children every day. We need your help to keep on fighting to make sure children on the streets grow up and have a future.