Street Beggar Survey Results
Gap Tracker SL conducted a snap survey on street beggars who work around the Central Business District of Freetown. Social indicators were measured through counting, observations and interviews over a period of five working days, between September 7th to September 11th, 2020.
The aim of the Street Beggar survey is to use data to raise social awareness on the culture and nature of street begging and also to use data for policy advocacy and action on street begging in Freetown.
Total Number of Street Beggars
Average Number of Beggars around the Central Business District Per Day
Years of Begging on the Streets
Average = 10 Years
Highest = 30 Years
Lowest = 7 months
At 49.5% the majority of Street Beggars have a physical disability. 33% are blind while 17.6% are Amputated.
69.8% of beggars stated that begging is extremely difficult during COIVD-19 period. Another 27.1% stated that begging for them is just difficult. While 3.1% said begging is easy for them during COVID-19
68.8% of Street Beggars do not use mask. Only 31.3% still follow the nationwide mandatory use of facemask in public places.
The highest number of assistant beggars to one principal beggar is six. The lowest and the most common pattern was one assistant beggar to one principal beggar.
Sadly, 44.7% of assistant beggars were children. While most(55.3%) were adults.
88.4% of Street Beggars are homeless and sleep primarily on the streets in the Central Business District of Freetown. 11.6% have shelter.
At, 36.8% the Northern Region accounts for the highest percentage of street beggars who migrate to Freetown. Only 13.7% of beggars are from Western Area.