Government of Canada

Global Affairs Canada

International Day for Street Children

April 12, 2012

Safety and security is one of the three action paths in our strategy to secure a better future for children and youth.

Canada recognizes that the safety of street children and youth is a critical human rights concern. That is why CIDA works to improve the livelihoods of street youth, protect children, and offer at-risk-youth positive alternatives to violence and crime.

Millions of children worldwide live and work on the streets. Many of them are abandoned or orphaned. Some run away from abuse. Others turn to the streets to make money to support themselves and their families.

These children face some of the world's most urgent challenges. Being on the street makes them vulnerable to violence, exploitation, addiction, HIV/AIDS, and other serious health risks that threaten their survival.

On the International Day for Street Children, Canadians can be proud of their Government's efforts to protect and empower street children.

Beverley J. Oda
Minister of International Cooperation