Burundi join the Road to Rio

Street Child World cup are delighted to announce that Burundi have joined the Road to Rio 2014. The team will come from Partner project New Generation based in the capital Bujumbura. New Generation is one of only a small number of charities working with street children (predominantly boys but an increasing number of girls) in Burundi. Their involvement is in cooperation with long-term Street Child World Cup partner Street Action based in the UK.

New Generation Chief Executive Dieudonné Nahimana:

“What great news! This amazing opportunity is going to give a voice to those whose voice has been silenced for so long. It brings value to those neglected by society and brings them to the platform where they too can assert their value before the eyes of their own nation but also before the world. It’s particularly good news as these kids represent Burundi, here a nation which has suffered many years of civil war and left them with many unhealed wounds. And this is definitely a step towards healing and reconciliation.”

Burundi are the 7th country confirmed to take part in the Street Child World Cup. This is in addition to Egypt, Kenya, Mauritius, Philippines, Tanzania and of course Brazil. The Street Child World Cup will take place in Rio de Janeiro in March 2014 ahead of the FIFA World Cup.

To find out more about the Burundi team, please visit their teams page here

For further information or for images, please contact Karin Joseph Karin@streetchildunited.org

Photos courtesy of Bex Morton, Street Action.

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