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Our History

Street Kids Direct has been working with street-living and at-risk children since 2001.  Our founder, Duncan Dyason, has been working with street children in Guatemala City since 1992 when he moved there after watching a harrowing TV documentary and founded The Toybox Charity.

We continue to work with our partners to reach the most vulnerable children and young people on the streets or at very high-risk of street life.  The charity has developed a unique mentoring programme that targets the most at-risk children and provides them with a caring and consistent adult mentor to help them make positive life choices and not consider life on the streets, but enjoy life in all its fulness.

Take a look below to see some of our highlights from the last 20 years. 

They Shoot Children, Don´t They?

This is the original BBC Everyman documentary that Duncan saw in 1991 that gave birth to his call to move to Guatemala City in 1992 and work with the children.

Thanks to Judy Jackson and her team at Everyman for producing highlighting the plight of the street-living children in Guatemala City.

His story and the early years of the work are featured in his book Miracle Children, which was first published in 1998 and will soon be published online via Kindle.


SKD is founded as an online charity with its 100% guarantee that every penny goes directly to the projects it supports around the world.


The first annual Radio Christmas fundraiser is launched. The station continues today, alternating between Guatemala City and Amersham, UK.


The Camino Por Amor walk is launched as the biggest SKD fundraiser yet. It continues to grow more extreme every year!


Building donated to SKD and refurbishments begin to transform it to the Protection Home and Centro Opp Mentoring Centre.


The Radio Studio is completed in the new Mentoring Centre and Radio Christmas broadcasts from Centro Opp, Guatemala for the first time.


SKD launches Vision 2021. We begin to explore the truth behind the statistics of street children and see how realistic this term is now.