“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.
“I experienced hardcore street life in my youth. I know what it’s like. I congratulate the Street Child World Cup project in it’s commitment to bring attention to the plight of Street Children through the power of football.”
“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.”
“No child should have to live on the streets. I commend the Street Child World Cup for providing a platform for the rights of street children to be heard.”