“The Summit has given our movement real momentum”

Posted on the 30th June 2017

Our third Global Summit was a significant milestone on the Road to Moscow 2018 as project leaders and experts working with street-connected youth around the world gathered in the Russian capital from June 19-23 to share learning and experiences, to forge friendships – and to plan for the biggest Street Child World Cup so far.

“The Summit has given our movement a wave of momentum so that we can go home and prepare to give another generation a real boost,” said Karim Hosny, from NAFAS Sport in Cairo, who will take a boys’ team to the football tournament and Congress in Russia next May.

Hosny was among leaders of projects from 17 countries who were in Moscow, including several who have participated in SCU’s sports events in the past. “We have matured and we have been through a learning process,” said Dieudonne Nahimana, from New Generation in Burundi, whose boys’ team were runners-up at the Street Child World Cup Rio 2014.

“What we all have in common is putting first children who are usually put last.” Glad’s House, Kenya

That learning continued in Moscow, as delegates shared insights into their work with the world’s most marginalised children, and took part in sessions on topics such as safeguarding and how to organise visas for more than 200 children who have never had a birth certificate or identity card who will travel to Russia next year.

“I have taken a lot from the summit, including technical information that I will duplicate in our project. And I have learned that even in countries like the UK and Canada, children are sleeping on the streets,” said Jessica Hutting, Kampus Diakoneia Modern Foundation (KDM) in Jakarta, Indonesia.

This year’s Summit had the honour of becoming the first held in the city that will host next year’s Street Child World Cup, a fitting setting for the official launch of next year’s Street Child World Cup – The Future Depends on You – co-organised with Russian telecoms operator, MegaFon and in association with Save the Children.

The Summit was only made possible with the incredible effort and kindness of our friends and partners. StreetInvest were central to the planning and faciliation of the Summit sessions, and the International School of Moscow kindly donated members of their staff to help with translations throughout the week.

Delegates also got the chance to explore the Russian capital, with visits to Red Square and Gorky Park and a generous reception at the riverside residence of the British ambassador, opposite the Kremlin. And our friends at Action Marketing Agency welcomed the delegates to their beautiful rooftop HQ for a night of table football and delicious food.

More than anything, however, it was the enjoyment of coming together than stood out for many. “This week we are taking steps together,” said Frederick “Bokey” Achola of Glad’s House in Mombasa, Kenya. “What we all have in common is putting first children who are usually put last.”

By Jo Griffin.

Photos courtesy of Malachy McCrudden.

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