Children are fleeing violence, murder, extortion rape and abuse within the home.
Children are enticed by the camaraderie of the streets and the apparent safety it offers.
Although reliable figures are hard to obtain, the UN estimates the number of street children around the world to be in the hundreds of millions
Street children are ignored, broken and abused. Suffering at the margins of society with no access to education or healthcare; using the pavement as a pillow.
Established in 1992, Guatemala City was the first place Toybox started working.
We are still there today, working with children who are living or working on the streets.
See all the countries where we help street children
The city streets are a dangerous place for children to live and work. Children are vulnerable to abuse and prey for violent gangs. Most street children do not attend school, and those who do often perform poorly and are at high risk of dropping out.
We are currently helping 18,000 street children each year