Consortium for Street children CSC

Linked with the Mandala Trust.

  • Our Vision: A world in which the rights of street-involved children are realised.
  • Our Mission: The Consortium for Street Children (CSC) is the leading international member-based network dedicated to advocating, promoting and campaigning for the rights of street-involved children. We are committed to creating a better and sustainable future for some of the most disadvantaged and stigmatised children by working together to inform and inspire research and action that influences policy and best practice worldwide.
  • How we work: … (about 1/2 /who is who).

Advocacy; Resources; Membership; Join; Blog; Support; FAQs;
Member Services; Member-led projects; CSC Initiatives;
Address: Consortium for Street Children, Unit 210 Bon Marche Centre, 241-251 Ferndale Road, London SW9 8BJ, UK;

About 2/2 /Background: … How CSC came to be: In early 1992 Nic Fenton, Director of Childhope, and Trudy Davies, Research and Liaison officer to the all-Party Parliamentary Group on Population and Development, met to discuss the need for an umbrella organisation for the newly emerging small street children charities.  

Such a network would assist in bringing charities together, encouraging co-operation and joint projects in order to meet potential onors’ demand for a good track record, and to form one strong advocacy voice for street children in the world.

A best practice research centre and library were also needed. Trudy Davies met with the then President of UNICEF, Baroness Ewart-Biggs, which took place in the Lord’s tearoom on 13th May ‘92. Lady Ewart-Biggs recognised the need and was enthusiastic and would make sure that UNICEF would be wholly supportive. She asked for a blueprint for such an organisation, which was produced and presented to her and Lady Chalker, the then Overseas Development Minister on 27th May ‘92.

Nic Fenton meanwhile had called a meeting of street children NGOs where he launched the idea of a network. This was received positively. A small group of founder members was formed, headed by Lady Ewart-Biggs, who sadly died not so many months later after a brave fight with cancer.

Her place was kindly taken by Baroness Sheela Flather. The group met on 29th May 1992 and formed a committee consisting of: … (full text about).

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