From March 14 – 20 the inaugural Street Child Games took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil reminding the world of sport’s unique power to bring people together and promote social change.
The Olympic host-city welcomed former street children and young people from nine countries for a week of Olympic-themed sports and unique international Congress for street children’s rights.
Teams of young people, aged 14 – 19 represented Argentina, Brazil, Burundi, Egypt, Great Britain, India, Mozambique, Pakistan and the Philippines.
“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, cultures, 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.”