Our CEO’s moving story on BBC Radio 4 ‘Four Thought’

Our CEO, Dr Sarah Thomas de Benitez survived the Mexico City earthquake when she was a young diplomat.

Moving around the stricken city, she kept encountering groups of young boys roaming the streets. At first she thought they had been made homeless by the disaster, but it turned out they had always lived on the streets.  So began Sarah’s life’s quest. It has taken her from founding street kids’ NGOs in Mexico and Ecuador, to receiving her MBE at Buckingham Palace and on to the United Nations, which is about to launch the first legal framework to protect street children’s rights.

In this broadcast for BBC Radio 4, Sarah talks movingly of her life’s work and how the opinions of well-meaning yet ill-informed adults are often at odds with children’s own desires and needs.


CSC have worked with our partners to ensure that children’s views are listened to and included in the upcoming UN General Comment on children in street situations.  You can find out exactly what the street children said by reading the reports from the ground-breaking consultations with street children in Africa, Brazil, Central America, Europe and South Asia.

You can listen to the BBC Radio ‘Four Thought’ here and read the full transcript here