Who we are

We believe in a world where no child ever has to live on the streets

Founder David Maidment tells our story in a short film

Founder David Maidment tells our story in a short film

This year, Railway Children celebrates 20 years of fighting for children alone and at risk on the streets. During that time, we’ve reached more than 275,000 children in India, the UK and East Africa. 

We know there is still so much more to do. Millions of children still live alone on the streets where they suffer abuse and exploitation. In the UK, society often denies their existence, and in other countries the problem is so prevalent that it has become ‘normal’.

They run away or are forced to leave home, where they suffer poverty, violence, abuse and neglect. They find themselves living on the streets because there is nowhere else to and no one left to turn to. The problems they face on the streets are often even worse than those they endured at home. Every day we fight to change their story.

Railway Children race to reach children as soon as they arrive on the streets and intervene before an abuser can. Our pioneering work enables us to get to street children before the streets get to them.

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