2016 is going to be a huge year for sport as the world looks to Rio de Janeiro ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the first-ever Street Child Games! We’re excited to share how you can get involved this year and support the rights of street children worldwide.
Street Child Games || March 14 – 20
In the run-up to the Olympics, your support means we have the unique opportunity to remind the world why we first fell in love with sport, of its unique power to bring people together – and to triumph over adversity.
With just over six weeks to go, teams from five continents are preparing for the Street Child Games – recognising some of the world’s most marginalised young people as athletes and inviting those who have lived in the shadows to step into the spotlight in the Olympic City.
The Games will take place in the heart of Rio, in an arena fit for champions at the foot of the world-famous Sugarloaf Mountain – welcoming up to 60 young people from five continents who have been at risk of the streets. They will take part in Olympic-themed sports celebrating the right of every child to play and express themselves in a safe setting.
We are proud to announce, that for one week only, street children will also take over the prestigious Copacabana Palace Hotel for a unique Congress giving them the chance to discuss and defend their rights. The outcome of the Congress will be a declaration to be presented to governments, the United Nations and a letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) regarding the rights of vulnerable children around Mega Sporting Events.
The Athlete’s Village
Community is a word at the heart of Street Child United and we’re delighted to be hosted in the favela community of Babilônia in the Leme neighbourhood of Rio. The Street Child Games will be the first international event to be hosted in the favela community.
Support the Games and make a difference!
The Street Child Games are giving a platform to street children’s rights – we can’t do this without your support – if you are able & no matter how big or small – please give a one-off donation or become a regular giver today. Click here to donate.
Please share your favourite Games moments with your family, friends and colleagues – show them how your support is helping to challenge the negative perceptions and treatment of street children worldwide.
“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.”
“When ever people come across me they laugh. It seems like my mouth is zipped because they talk for us. I wish they could give us a chance to talk for ourselves.”
“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.”