Kenya have joined the Road to Rio 2014. The team from Mombasa are part of Gladâs House, a charity working with street children through education and safe reintergration.
Gladâs House has a history of using football to enrich the lives of street children, helping them leave street life behind. They have worked with thousands of street children in Kenya, providing lasting ways for kids to turn their lives around through enterprise and schooling. TheÂ ultimate goal where possible is reuniting children with their families and reintegrating them into society.
Cliff Ferguson, Chairman of the charity, said:
âBeing part of the Street Child World Cup is fantastic for us â we hope to use this opportunity to change people’s perception of street children and to show how they can be reintegrated into society. Weâre delighted to be involved and canât wait to get started with training sessions.â
Street Child World Cup Teams Coordinator Karin Joseph said:
âGladâs House is already using the power of sport to change the perception of street children in Kenyan society.Â This team will become a symbol for street children in Kenya to reach their potential away from the streets.”
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“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 know from personal experience just what power football can have to inspire and change young people’s lives whatever their background or nationality. This is what the Street Child World Cup is all about and I give it my full support.”
“It was possible to gather many nationalities, story cultures, viagra 60mg and form a nation: a nation of free man, with equal rights and opportunities, mutual respect, rightful duties. It was 10 days when the world, in that corner of Rio, was fair to socially excluded children; they could feel the beauty of being somebody in this world.”