Street children struggle to be heard. Their needs are often ignored. They are vilified, marginalised and face many injustices. Help us speak out to right these wrongs and give street children a fighting chance.
In the future Laughter Africa plans to support many campaigns. These campaigns may be particularly relevant to the country where we are working or may be related to an issue that affects street children. For instance, it could be a campaign about gender based violence, child combatants or police brutality. This list could go on and on as so many different issues affect street children. We may promote other campaigns about street children in other continents including Asia and Latin America.
When we see injustice we won’t be silenced. No matter the issue. No matter the consequence. We will speak out. Together we can help change street children’s lives for good.
Current campaigns we are supporting:
Campaign for UN recognition of the International Day for Street Children
The International Day for Street Children is celebrated every year on 12th April. The day provides a platform for the millions of street children around the world – and their champions – to speak out so that their rights cannot be ignored.
Laughter Africa is joining forces with the Consortium for Street Children and other charities in calling for the International Day for Street Children to be adopted and officially recognised by the United Nations. If the day becomes a UN Day – like World Water Day or World AIDS day – then vital pressure will be placed on governments around the world to recognise and support street children and tackle the issues faced by them. It also gives the issue of street children greater global exposure.
High profile supporters of the day include Steven Gerrard, Danny Boyle, John Major and Bianca Jagger. As Danny Boyle, Director of Slumdog Millionaire says, “These children need a voice and need to be heard by the international community. I urge everyone to go online and pledge their support.”
You can sign the Demand a Day petition here. You could also plan an event in your work place, church, school or the wider community on the 12th April each year to raise awareness of the campaign.
For more information about the campaign, please click here
Here are some other ways you can campaign for street children:
Contact your MP
MPs have a vital role in standing up for the rights of street children around the world. Politicians in the UK can have a massive influence – not just at home, but also on the international stage like the UN, EU, and G8 – and it’s their job to represent you. We need to remind our MPs how much their constituents care about street children’s rights and ensure that street children’s rights around the world are protected.
Click here to find your MP. You could visit them in person during their surgeries, write them a letter or email or even arrange a media stunt which your MP could attend. You can also find out more information about your MP here including their activities and voting records in Parliament.
Share our online petitions via social media with your friends and family and encourage them to sign too.
However you chose to take action – THANK YOU!