I am Somebody

Where others see nobodies, we see somebodies with rights.

“I am Somebody”

“I am Somebody” is a statement led by the children we work with and embodies our approach. The children who played in the 2010 Street Child World Cup spoke about their right to an identity and having their voices heard and acted on. They shared the need to challenge the stigma given to street children.

“We want to change the mindset and attitude of people with regard to the treatment of street children. To change the world we must also change ourselves. We are all champions.” Team Brazil 2010

“I am Somebody” carries historical importance originating as part of the US civil rights movement in the form of a poem in Atlanta, Georgia in 1943. This has inspired our own version as we challenge the stigma around street children. We respect and admire the children we work with and “I am Somebody” symbolises an approach of confidence, pride and identity, which reflects the young people we work with.

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  • “No child should have to live on the streets and I fully endorse this campaign giving street children a voice to claim their rights”

    Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United Manager
  • “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.”

    Mbali, 15, Durban
  • “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.”

    Abdul Faquir, Team Mozambique, Project Leader