Team Pakistan was led by Azad Foundation and supported by a growing group of organizations from across the country.
Azad Foundation is a pioneer leading organization in Pakistan for children on the streets, vcialis 40mg working in the city of Karachi since 2001. Azad holds the credit for establishing the first ever Drop-In Center (2004) and a Rehabilitation Center (2007) for the protection, store rehabilitation and social reintegration of children on the streets. Throughout its conceptualization Azad played a role of Policy Maker to improve Govt. policies, recipe to influence public opinion in favor of implementing existing laws such as the Sindh Child Act, Juvenile Justice Ordinance, Sindh Child Protection Authority Act and to organize civil society in recognizing its role in policy making. Over ten years Azad conducted a number of research, symposium, seminars, workshops and has established Pakistan’s first ever Children on the Streets Resource Center (2011) to inform policy and decision-making at government level through research and capacity-building of state actors. Azad believes in this mantra of working together with the relevant stake holders and collaborates and shares its experiences with national and international organizations and utilizes the learned experiences.
Over 6,000 children on the streets of Karachi have benefited from the services offered by Azad Foundation that include primary healthcare, medical assistance, life skills, informal and formal education, leisure and recreation, shelter and family tracing/reunification. The services are provided through daycare centers, mobile units, safe spaces and transit shelter home. Azad Foundation has also introduced a biometric-based electronic child registration system for children on the streets of Karachi to support their birth registration.
Azad’s advocacy efforts laid the foundation to several government responses to address problems of children on the streets including the formation of national and provincial commissions on child welfare, provincial child protection units, a provincial child protection steering committee at the highest administrative level, a technical working group on child protection at provincial level and a task force on children on the streets.
Pakistan, located in South Asia, is the world’s sixth largest country in terms of population. Pakistan shares its borders with India (East), China (North), Iran (West) and Afghanistan (North-west). Pakistan displays some of Asia’s most splendid scenery that stretches from the Arabian Sea, its southern border, to the peaks of the Himalayan and Karakorum mountain ranges in the north. Pakistan is also home to world heritage sites belonging to the ancient Mohenjo-Daro, Harappa and Gandhara civilisations. Ancient sites excavated in Taxila, Harappa, and Moenjodaro speak volumes for Pakistan’s rich cultural background dating back to 3,000 B.C.
However, like other developing countries, Pakistan is facing internal challenges of poverty and economic crisis, natural disasters, political turmoil and illiteracy. Complicating an already complicated situation is the war on terror that is being fought at its north-east borders, damaging the country’s image and leaving its people vulnerable to manmade disasters.
No authentic or research-based statistics are available about the number of children on the streets of Pakistan. However, some estimates place it between between 1.2 to 1.5 million.
Population: 174million (UN 2011)
Main language: Urdu
Team Pakistan objectives through the Street Child World Cup Rio 2014 were to:
1. Highlight key policy issues of street connected children in Pakistan at all public and private forums
2. Advocate for recognizing street connected children as a separate cross cutting child protection issue in Pakistan
3. Work towards development of provincial plans of actions for street connected children
On their return from the Street Child World Cup, Team Pakistan led an 11-city “I am Somebody” tour. As a result Pakistan’s National Assembly has passed a resolution for social protection for the countries 1.5m street children
Click here to see a selection of media coverage of Team Pakistan’s press briefing on 31 Jan 2013
Read coverage of the Street Strikers’ second match against Karachi United Football Foundation here
New York Times coverage of Pakistan’s Road to Rio, 12 Feb 2013
CNN covers Team Pakistan’s preparation one year out: 27 Mar 2013
Below are links to some coverage of SCWC’s visit in October 2013:
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