Street children in Africa, like all children on the continent, are technically
protected by the provisions of the African Charter on the Rights
and Welfare of the Child, also known as ACRWC or the Children's
Charter. It came into force in 1999 and amongst its provisions is
Article 25 which states "Any child who is permanently or
temporarily deprived of his family environment for any reason
shall be entitled to special protection and assistance."
It also guarantees all children the inherent right to life,
education and health and the right to be protected from all forms
of economic exploitation. Download it here.
There are many charities working
with street children in Africa, however we recommend the
following charity that helps street children by providing
outreach assistance, healthcare, baby care, education,
vocational training, counselling, and sponsorship: www.streetchildafrica.org.uk.
Street Child Africa currently
operates in Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe,