What are your best #ChildhoodMemories? Share your pictures to help street children in Africa
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Ah, childhood – that era that saw you chomping on ice cream van sweets, fetchingly decked in flowery dungarees (thank you 1995), spending your weekends running gaily about in various parks and falling off playground roundabouts after spinning just that little bit too fast. Twee it may be – but you know that we can’t get enough of the nostalgia that surrounds our childhoods. Especially when grainy photographs showing our gap-toothed selves are uploaded to Instagram for the world to reminisce over every Throwback Thursday. Of course, however much we love a good photographic childhood nostalgia session, we have to remember that not all kids will have the joy of looking back on their early years with quite such rose-tinted specs. Case in point: the street children of Uganda, where a third of the population live below the poverty line and those living in slums are at risk of multiple forms of abuse – from mental to physical to sexual.
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There’s also a petition to compel the UN to officially recognise the International Day for Street Children – you’ll be sent a link to sign it along with the confirmation of your text donation.
So come on, get involved – upload a picture, marvel at your tiny self, donate three quid (less than the price of a sandwich), nominate a friend or three and raise awareness of children who aren’t lucky enough to be collecting these types of memories.
HOPE’s Facebook page is www.facebook.com/hope4c
Follow them on twitter @HopeforChildren
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