For more information about the day please visit the website: www.streetchildrenday.org
The inaugural International Day for Street Children was celebrated for the first time on 12th April, 2011. A resounding success, the campaign was launched at the National Theatre, London, with an exhibition featuring photographs of street children taken by internationally renowned artists Robin Hammond, Marcus Lyon, Ronka Oberhammer and Dario Mitidieri.
Diplomats, policy makers, CSC members and corporate representatives joined the throngs of bustling Londoners crossing Waterloo Bridge in viewing the projections. Academy Award Winning Director of Slumdog Millionaire Danny Boyle gave a motivational speech about his experiences in India and Scotland regarding street children, whilst Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Street Children, Russell Brown MP emphasised the importance of affecting change in government policy around the world towards street children. To see pictures of the day's events click here. To see videos about the day click here.
The CSC joined celebrations across the globe: by street children in Morocco, Uganda, Ethiopia, Guatemala and India; school children in the UK; students in Ireland; the Consortium for Street Children and its 60 members in over 130 countries; Aviva in the 28 countries in which it operates; and politicians in Tanzania and the UK.
To see the open letter printed in the Guardian on the Day click here.
Aviva is the lead sponsor of the International Day for Street Children. Aviva is committed to improving the lives of street children through its Street to School corporate responsibility programme.
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