The Brazil girls’ and boys’ teams came from separate organisations.
IBISS has introduced projects to tackle social exclusion, discrimination and violence in more than 60 communities in Rio de Janeiro, where it is based. The organisation runs a wide range of programmes that include outreach work with young people on the streets and a scheme to help orphans find a home with families living locally. IBISS works in many of Rio’s most deprived communities, where violence and the drugs trade are rife but where basic infrastructure, and education and work opportunities are in short supply.
Soccer and sports are a key part of the holistic approach; IBISS runs soccer schools to help keep children out of the drugs trade and in education, as well as to monitor their overall health and any social problems. Former child soldiers often work as young leaders in the soccer schools and in social programmes. Where appropriate, IBISS engages in mediation to help young people leave the streets and return to their communities.
Team Brazil Girls: the team was selected from among 20 girls who are currently coached by Jessica, a former street child. Jessica is now 18 and spent 18 months on the streets shoe-shining in Lapa but has been reintegrated into her family.
IBISS Founder, Nanko van Burren:
“What is exciting about the SCWC tournament is the opportunity to make the world aware of street children – it’s a chance to show people that, when you really want to, there are many ways that you can involve them in projects that help them. Of course, football is just a game – the exciting part is the political statement.”
O Pequeno Nazareno works with street children and their families in the cities of Fortaleza and Recife in north-eastern Brazil. The organization has grown from a small group of individuals doing outreach work with the children on the streets almost 20 years ago to the largest organisation of its kind in the country. It is now leading a national campaign calling on the government to introduce a public policy for street children.
O Pequeno Nazareno provides street children with a secure home at a rural location where they also receive schooling and counselling, and can take part in sports and other activities. A key part of the approach is working with the young people’s families; the charity helps them to overcome problems with the aim of reintegrating the children into their families. Where this is not possible, PN aims to provide a home for small groups of teenagers living with an adult. In recent years, the organisation has introduced the Projeto Gente Grande to help the young people to further their education and gain professional training and a foothold in the world of work.
The boys’ team comprised one boy from Recife and eight from Fortaleza.
What the SCWC means to O Pequeno Nazareno:
Bernardo Rosemeyer, Founder:
“Street Child World Cup is an opportunity to let the world know that there is a movement for change in Brazil; that there is now a campaign calling for a public policy to address the situation of street children. The football tournament is a chance to focus on the issues that affect street children in Brazil, and to grab the world’s attention.”
Famed for its footballers, music and Rio’s iconic cityscape, Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world, with regards to both population and area, is Latin America’s largest and the world’s 7th largest economy. Its wealth of resources has contributed to this steady growth including the development of offshore oil.
However, despite this economic boom in Brazil, inequality between its rich and poor communities is significant, in particular in the large cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo where one third of the population live in slums or favelas.
Brazil plays host to the FIFA World Cup in the summer of 2014, followed by the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. But first of all, a World Cup with a difference: the Street Child World Cup, Rio 2014.
Population: 197 million (UN, 2011)
Capital city: Brasilia
Main language: Portuguese
(Source: BBC Country Profile)
Crianca Nao e da Rua (Child not of the street) is a network of street child organisations throughout Brazilian cities, which is led by O Pequeno Nazareno (PN). The network are campaigning for the Brazilian government to introduce a public policy for street children and they are also building reliable statistics on the issue.
The campaign grew out of the recognition that while separate policies exist on areas such as child labour and child abuse, there has never been a policy for street children, whose needs fall into several categories and are particularly complex.
The campaign, backed by IBISS-Favela Street, hopes to push the government to introduce a policy that will address the needs of children and families who are excluded from other social programmes. The existence of a public policy would also help organisations working for street children around Brazil without adequate funding or staff to make more of an impact.
In March 2015, Team Brazil Boys will go to Brasilia to advise the government on the first national policy for street children.
Team Brazil Girls continue to train hard in the Complexo da Penha favela where girls football has never had such a proud platform. The girls have spoken at a wide range of events from a Model United Nations day at the Rio British School to the Street Football World Conference during the FIFA World Cup. The girls also held a training session with World Cup winners Patrick Vieira and Fabio Cannavaro and attended a last 16 game of the FIFA World Cup.
Team Brazil Girls
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