Halfway through the year - unbelievable! I was hoping to send out a release about a charity that I hadn't heard of called "The Railway Children" as a client was planning to do the 3 Peaks Challenge to raise funds for them. Unfortunately, it's fallen through although the release is ready to go, so I am going to donate instead.
The Railway Childre look after children in the UK, India and East Africa who are living on the streets in terrible conditions.
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Railway Children exists to help vulnerable children in grave circumstances. Our objective is to provide relief to children and young people who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress and in particular to those living on the streets.
For these children, the streets are often the only means of support available but also where they suffer abuse and exploitation.
Since our inception in 1995, Railway Children has helped many thousands of children and young people living alone and at risk on the streets.
Our belief is that early intervention is a crucial aspect of preventing children living on the streets coming to harm, and reaching street children before an abuser can is a vital element of our work.
Railway Children recognises that only a multipronged approach will create sustained change for street children and that's why our 3 Step Change Agenda forms the backbone of our work and the way we aim to achieve our goals. Most pressingly, the immediate needs of children living on the streets in the here and now must be met. Concurrently Railway Children aspires to create a safer, brighter future for our children and we believe that to achieve this we must effect the sustained change that can only come about by educating communities and lobbying governments.