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.

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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

Physical Appearance

At 49.5% the majority of Street Beggars have a physical disability. 33% are blind while 17.6% are Amputated.

Impact of COVID-19 on Street Begging

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. 

Street Beggars Use of Facemasks

Number of Assistant Beggar(s) to One Principal Beggar

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.

Age Bracket for Assistant Beggar(s)

Homelessness Status

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.

Areas of Migration