Young boys living in poverty on a rubbish dump

Dangers on the streets

The dangers faced by children once they are on the streets are often even worse than those they were desperate to escape at home. They are highly vulnerable and an easy target for abusers. Violence and sexual exploitation often become a way of life. Frequently they’re even necessary for survival.

Children living on the streets often become involved in drug use as their only escape from the horrors of reality.

With no support or protection, children live with constant fear, loneliness and hopelessness. They can see no way out; no opportunity to escape the relentless poverty, violence, hunger and abuse.

We fight for children living on the streets, to provide protection and opportunity for children with nowhere else to go and nobody to turn to.

When you fall asleep on the streets, you've got to like sleep with one eye open.

I was just sort of thrown in the deep end ... I used to try and stay awake all night when I was on the streets … I was scared. I just walked and walked … It was winter and it was a bit of a shock to the system. I didn't know what to do.


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