This weekend the Brazil team from the Street Child World Cup got a taster of both warm British hospitality and the cold British weather.
Friday evening the young people from ABC Trust/Quixote were re-united with the UK team (M13) from South Africa 2010 with whom many of them had kept in touch via Facebook. This proved a particular highlight for the young people playing football and taking on an assault course.
Saturday they were given a tour of Camden Market alongside students from South Camden Community School.
This was followed by a taster of home at St Luke’s Islington where they received Brazilian-themed food, made presentations and showed the Brits how dancing is really done.
Team member Rodrigo José Inácio said: “The Street Child World Cup has taught me a lot about other cultures. Especially when we were in South Africa and we met with Umthombo. I hope others can understand and respect our culture in Brazil also.”
Vicente Silva dos Santos legal casino online added: “Everyone is unique, if you respect their culture then you will find every individual is valuable.”
Looking forward to Brazil 2014 Rodrigo said: “I really want to see all the street children from Brazil to take part and learn like we learned and to have the opportunity to change like I have changed”
Vicente said: “I really want to see the Street Child World Cup being a success so that there will be no more children on the streets of Brazil.”
All those in attendance were asked to a light a candle to remember the millions of children still living and working on the streets across the world.
The next day the Brazil team took part in the Cambridge-based ‘Suits and Boots’ tournament for businesses in Cambridge. The young people warmed up the brisk-fen conditions with their Brazilian skills. Most notably Josilene (Leni) dos Santos who scored a wonderfully memorable penalty.
Thamires and Leni keeping warm
Douglas raises the cup
“No child should have to live on the streets. I commend the Street Child World Cup for providing a platform for the rights of street children to be heard.”
“I experienced hardcore street life in my youth. I know what it’s like. I congratulate the Street Child World Cup project in it’s commitment to bring attention to the plight of Street Children through the power of football.”
“It was a privilege to be invited to the launch of the Street Child World Cup at Downing Street. It gives children a voice through football, sales a platform to express their rights and celebrate their abilities – I’m proud to add my support.”