In 2014, a boys’ team and a girls’ team travelled from Nicaragua to Rio de Janeiro to represent their country in the Street Child World Cup. Our partner organisation, Casa Alianza Nicaragua, began a programme in 1998 to work with children at risk, in response to thousands of vulnerable children living on the streets in Nicaragua. Their first crisis centre and an additional transition centre were opened later that year. They expanded again in 2001 to open a “Mothers and Babies” centre to look after young mothers who were looking after their babies on the street and for pregnant teenage girls.
Today, Casa Alianza Nicaragua works with an average of 5,000 street children a year. Many of these are the victims of sexual exploitation or were trafficked for sexual purposes. The vast majority have problems with addiction, have broken family ties and all are considered to be at high risk.
Casa Alianza has a formidable record of achievement in defending and protecting the rights of homeless and at risk children in the countries where they work and have succeeded in setting legal precedents utilising the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the Inter American Court of Human Rights against the governments of Guatemala & Honduras.
In Nicaragua Casa Alianza work in partnership with local authorities and government to ensure they comply with their responsibilities both domestically and internationally in guaranteeing to all children all rights under the UNCRC ratified by Nicaragua 5th October 1990.
Nicaragua is renowned for its landscapes, flora and fauna, culture, beaches, lakes and volcanoes. However, civil war, dictatorship and natural disasters have sadly left Nicaragua as one of the poorest countries in the Western hemisphere.
Population: 5.8 million (UN 2011)
One of the key Campaign objectives of participating in the SCWC Rio 2014 was to highlight gender equality issues, and to this end Casa Alianza Nicaragua were very proud to be entering a girls team in the very first SCWC girls tournament.
The boys and girls from Team Nicaragua shared their experiences via several media outlets. This led to a meeting with the Ministry of Family, where they were invited to speak about the issues affecting street children in Nicaragua.
Casa Alianza UK: www.casa-alianza.org.uk
If you are interested in supporting our ongoing partnership with Team Nicaragua , please contact Karin Joseph: firstname.lastname@example.org
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