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April 1, 2012 | 4:11 am

Louder Together 2012 poster

Our Sansar is calling for people to join them in a Sleep-Out for charity on 14 April 2012 in a show of solidarity with street children globally. The challenge is to experience what it is like to sleep rough and to raise money in the process. Our Sansar is organising a Brighton event and are encouraging people all over the country to join them by setting up their own local events.

The Brighton Sleep-Out will take place on 14 April at Old Steine from 2pm onwards with music and more. All proceeds raised on the day, both through collections and sponsorship raised by participants, will go towards a children’s home in Chitwan, Nepal. The home will transform the lives of local street kids and will provide food, shelter, education and training as well as a welfare aiming to reunite children with their families. It will also protect these vulnerable kids from issues such as violence, sexual abuse, drug addiction, prostitution and child labour.

Julia Krepska, Founder of Our Sansar said: Please come and join us – and bring your friends! The more of us who get involved, the more street children we can help.

The Sleep-Out is part of the Louder Together Campaign for the second biggest International Day for Street Children yet, taking place on 12 April 2012. This is organised by the Consortium for Street Children, an alliance of organisations working for this cause. The aim is to join forces so that the plight of street children is more likely to be heard. Not only heard by Governments and ordinary people but also by street children themselves, to let them know that they are not forgotten. There are 60 members of the alliance, active in 130 countries.

Street children are one of the most unheard and unsupported groups of children, who regularly slip through the gaps of policy and humanitarian action. NGOs working on the ground are increasingly seeing girls giving birth whilst on the street, giving rise to an alarming number of 2nd generation’ street children, who have never known a different kind of life. Although impossible to say for sure, it is estimated that there are over 100 million children living on urban streets worldwide, with numbers rising.

The International Day is being celebrated across the globe: by street children in Morocco, Uganda, Ethiopia, Guatemala and India; school children in the UK; students in Ireland and perhaps in a location near you, organised by you.

If you have questions about Brighton event or want organise a Sleep-Out yourself, contact our Campaigns Co-ordinator Anas Darkaoui by email on anas@oursansar.org or by phone on 07741 937 315

Please also have a look at our video ‘Imagine Life as a Street Child’.

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