“The best thing has been meeting so many children from different countries and to know that my voice has power and that I can choose who I want to be.” Team Nicaragua
In April 2014, the second Street Child World Cup in association with Save the Children kicked off in Rio de Janeiro, just months before the Brazil FIFA World Cup.
230 former street children from 19 countries, girls and boys, came together to play football and call for the rights of street children. The message from the children was clear, ‘I am Somebody’ and it reached further than ever before. Media coverage was unprecedented with stories from the children reaching an estimated audience in excess of 220 million worldwide.
A girls’ tournament ran alongside the boys’. Often overlooked by decision makers and governments, the Street Child World Cup welcomed nine girls’ teams to Rio giving a voice to millions of street girls around the world. Brazil Girls’ were crowned champions beating Team Philippines 1-0 in the final.
15 teams took part in the boys’ tournament. In the final, Tanzania faced Burundi, with Tanzania eventually winning 3-1.
All the teams returned home to their countries as positive role models for those still on the streets, inspiring their communities and using the continued platform of the Street Child World Cup to challenge the way street children are seen and treated.
“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.”
“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.”