Street Child Cricket World Cup 2023
MEET THE TEAMS
We are delighted to announce 22 teams will be be taking part in The Street Child Cricket World Cup 2023. Hosted in India in partnership with Save the Children, India, before the ICC World Cup, this game changing event will create a global platform so that street-connected young people’s voices can be heard and their demands realised.
LEEDO (Local Education and Economic Development Organization) was founded in 2000 to improve the lives of children forced to live in extreme difficulties and to address the needs of the growing number of vulnerable street children in Bangladesh.
The issues faced by those it helps include the right to legal identity and birth registration. Many issues relating to children’s welfare including sex abuse and exploitation, physical torture, and trafficking. Many children are involved in child domestic labour and work in hazardous trades. LEEDO provides safe spaces where children can socialise and network with each other. Its programmes develop education and life skills training. It campaigns to raise people’s awareness about health, nutrition, HIV, family bonding and planning. It helps those who are currently so vulnerable return home or be given the opportunity to thrive in a safe zone for the betterment of their future.
The Street Child Cricket World Cup 2023 will unite Street Children from around the world. By taking part LEEDO will raise global awareness so that every street-connected child is protected, respected and supported to realise their fullest potential. It will tackle the widespread stigma and negative treatment street-connected young people face.
Project: Fundacion Alalay, Bolivia
Founded in La Paz with a small property with space for just 30 children, Fundacion Alalay’s mission is to change the economic and social poverty conditions in the lives of high risk children, young people and families, through prevention and protection plans, promoting a culture of peace and love. It defends their rights according to the principles promoted by the United Nations Children Rights Convention.
AIalay now works with over 1,000 children annually, having expanded its work from La Paz into the other major cities of El Alto, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz. It provides food, healthcare, clothing, education, legal assistance, spiritual and psychological support to those in its care, and technical training for them. Most importantly, it provides something its young people have often never had – a home and a family.
Alalay works to create a culture of non-violence within the Bolivian family, school and community that ensures children and adolescents in situations of extreme poverty and vulnerability are not expelled from the family or school nucleus nor choose to abandon their families because of physical, psychological, sexual or emotional abuse. Use of art activities including music, theatre, video and photography, helps them to express emotions and life experiences. There is a programme to advocate for the fulfilment of the Rights of Children and Adolescents in a street situation, through lobbying with government decision makers, at the national, departmental and municipal levels.
Project: Cricket Brazil
In 2011, former Kent cricketer Matt Featherstone began introducing cricket to Brazilians in poor areas of the country, eventually creating a social project in the city of Poços de Caldas, Minas Gerais. Starting with 24 children from an orphanage, within a year more than 100 young people were taking part. Now there are nearly 5,000 children playing on a daily basis – more than half are girls. The sport is taught in more than 50 public, state, and municipal schools to children aged between six and 17. The project is planning to expand to neighbouring cities and bring the game to 33,000 children over the next few years.
The secret to the project’s growth has been developing professional local coaches, so young people can see what is possible just by playing cricket. There are now 15 Brazilian coaches, all of whom have come through local-run development programmes and sponsored through university by project.
The social project has been using cricket to break down traditional societal barriers and made global headlines last year when Brazil became the first country in the history of the sport to award central contracts to its female players ahead of men, and now has 15 fully professional national women’s players who have been put through university by the programme (many the first in their families to attend higher education).
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Project: New Generation
New Generation is a nonprofit organisation, focused on training and equipping young people to become the future leaders of Burundi. Founded in 1998 it has worked with over 10,000 young people, many of whom are now in positions of influence in the country. It believes that, if well taken care of, street-connected children can grow to become good future leaders capable of bringing positive changes in Burundi and beyond.
New Generation’s programmes provide shelter, food, school equipment and health care. It also works with young people to help resolve the issues that caused them to leave their home in the first place and to reintegrate them into their families. Programmes are also devised to create networks of young people across the country who will promote peace and reconciliation in their communities. New Generation believes that by working with Burundi’s young people, empowering them, and teaching them values of integrity and honesty, the country can have a positive future, free from war and corruption.
Taking part in India 2023 will enable the children to have an international platform to express their desires and their dreams but also share their struggles and day to day challenges.
It will help NGB to advocate with regards to violence occurring against street-connected children in Burundi and the need to acknowledge the rights of street-connected children and freedom of expression.
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Project: Surrey County Cricket
The Surrey Cricket Foundation (formerly the Surrey Cricket Board) is the charitable body charged with the delivery of recreational cricket in Surrey. It operates as an integral part of Surrey County Cricket Club.
The SCF supports communities, schools and clubs by providing funding, knowledge, coaching and competitions in Surrey and South London. Our goal is to get more people playing cricket, and in doing so we aim to improve health and well-being of the recreational game and identify young talent for Surrey CCC.
Its key areas of activity include Schools, Leagues and Clubs, Communities and Projects including junior coaching, women and girl’s participation, cricket for those with disabilities and encouraging young people to continue playing beyond the age of 14 (a key age for dropping out of activities).
Website: English – Oltalom Sport Association (utcaifoci.hu)
Young people in Hungary face a number of challenges growing up with high rates of youth unemployment and limited access to higher education, which often result in drug and substance abuse.
Operating in the spirit of fair play, tolerance and social inclusion, Oltalom Sport Association has been using sport as an innovative educational tool for many years. It uses sport to involve participants in other areas such as social work, job training, further education and learning English. Oltalom believes that regular physical exercise and team play not only improves health and reduces tendencies leading toward drug abuse, it strengthens the sense of community and belonging.
Oltalom believes that meeting children from other countries who have similar experiences will serve as an inspiration for them. Participating and succeeding in a multicultural event in a foreign environment will strengthen their self-esteem and their skills (e.g. communication, adjustment, respect, expression of their ideas, etc.) and foster their empowerment. Oltalom believes participating in the Street Child Cricket World Cup will motivate the young people to continue to educate and develop themselves and to validate their rights.
Team India - Bucket List
Project: Bucket List
Bucket List is an organisation that supports underprivileged children and adolescents. Its vision is to see a world where they are equipped with the skills and abilities to reach their full potential. It started with the aspiration that each child (aka Bucketeer) should be given the ability to dream, hope and achieve.
Bucket List began its work with four street children in 2016. It has now worked with over 1,000. Its existence grew from some casual conversations with street children. Very soon these casual dialogues turned into deliberate interactions. During a pilot project the young people took part in multiple activities, their responses to each were recorded. The resulting findings led to the creation of a programme based on six pillars each focusing on a specific developmental target area:
Arts – provides a sense of freedom in expressing emotions and thoughts
Bucket List – daring to dream – belief in the possibility of achievement
Education – constant and complete support in academics
Health – health camps, distribution of prescribed medicine and health checks
Rights – ensures awareness and practice of rights of disadvantaged children
Sports – building team work and interpersonal skills
Today, Bucket List is a club like no other. It is the only such entity in the India – the very first club for underprivileged children providing them with somewhere to belong and a family outside of family.
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Team India - CHETNA
Project: CHETNA (Childhood Enhancement Through Training and Action)
CHETNA’s has a special focus on street-connected children, especially girls. Its mission is to provide childhood empowerment through training and action to try to break the vicious cycle of poverty and to secure the basic human rights of protection, education, healthcare, participation and opportunities for a livelihood. Its vision is to achieve a child-caring society that respects their rights.
CHETNA works directly with the children to design the programme of activities that can best meet their needs. The participation of the children is fundamental to the achievement of its objectives.
The organisation believes it cannot change the situation that Street and Working Children find themselves in without changing the attitudes of those around them. It works to ensure better understanding of their struggles and what can be done to ensure their rights. The aim is to build an environment capable of nurturing and cultivating a child’s potential for growth and development.
CHETNA uses advocacy as a tool to make a positive impact on policy making and to bring about the desired refinement in the policies that are being implemented, drafted, or discussed. A child-centred organisation, it is CHETNA’s belief that children are the protagonists and staff the catalysts for change.
Team India - Hope Kolkata Foundation
India, Hope Kolkata Foundation
Website: www.hkf.ind.in (not working).
The Hope Foundation works with some of the most disadvantaged children in the world today. Set up in 1999 it has offices in Ireland, India, the UK, Germany and the USA.
The Foundation was established for the protection and development of children on the streets and in difficult circumstances. Its aim is to support the development of underprivileged sections of society through partnership and capacity building. Children who are living on the streets or in slums require particular attention and care to improve their standard of living. Hope Foundation works to free them from lives of pain, abuse, poverty and darkness.
Hope’s services provide street-connected children protection from exploitation and abuse, access to healthcare and education, and works towards restoring their lost childhoods with activity based joyful learning and recreational activities. Other services in the community involve awareness and capacity building initiatives – not only skills based but also to improve their quality of life, e.g. knowing their rights, what they are entitled to, health, nutrition, care, sanitation. The Child Sponsorship programme ensures children remain supported in their education via payment of fees, uniform, resources – ensuring they can stay in the main school system and beyond. Children are encouraged to pursue such opportunities and develop their skill and talents.
Hope implements its programmes through a results based framework, stringent monitoring and evaluation procedures to ensure the effective delivery of its services whilst adhering to international best practice and guidelines.
Team India - Karunalaya
Relationships: Member of the Consortium for Street Children
Karunalaya is a voluntary organisation that has worked for the protection and rehabilitation of street and working children in Chennai since 1995. The main issues street-connected young people face in India are the right to a legal identity and birth registration, right to education and the right to protection from violence.
Karunalaya’s vision is to create a society which respects and values every child, provides equal opportunity and equal importance to the poorest section of the society without any discrimination.
Its mission is the protection of the rights of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and women, and the promotion of a just and loveable society. It rescues runaway street and working children providing them with shelter, home care, food, clothing, health care and education. Its programmes include counselling, family tracing and reunification. It provides schooling and continued education by offering supplementary evening classes including training for women in leadership skills, economic development activities and rights based empowerment. It supports the Pavement Dwellers Rights Association (PDRA).
In 2019 Karunalaya formed Team India South with Magic Bus which won the tournament. It is looking forward to welcoming teams to India from all over the world in 2023. It will use its participation to promote the issues to its government, making it understand the difficulties of street children and the importance of birth certificates and community certificates for all street children.
Team India - Magic Bus
Project: Magic Bus
Since it was founded in 1999 Magic Bus has transformed the lives of one million children and young people in the 12 to 18 age group. By enabling children to complete secondary education and delay their age of marriage, Magic Bus equips them with the skills and knowledge they need to grow and move out of the vicious cycle of poverty. This takes them from a childhood full of challenges to a life with meaningful livelihoods.
Magic Bus also works with the support systems of the children and young people – their parents, peers, community, and local institutions to ensure they act as a network of support and encouragement.
To date, there are now 5,500 young leaders, from the community who have been trained to mentor and deliver the sports activity-based sessions to children across 930 schools. Through 42 Livelihood centres across the country, 30,000 young people have been trained and 70% placed in jobs in the organised sector so far.
Magic Bus also works in Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Team India - Pro Sport Development
Project: Pro Sport Development
Pro Sport Development (PSD) is a social enterprise set-up in 2013 to work towards the vision of developing sport and empowering youth at the grassroots in India. It soon realised its activities could have a much larger impact when, delivering programmes to tribal youth in remote rural locations, PSD saw first-hand the true power of sport to transform the lives of young people.
Its focus is on working with mixed-gender groups and those from underprivileged, marginalised and rural backgrounds, by providing them access to sport for development programmes that are designed to teach physical literacy, boost self-esteem, promote gender equality, tackle harmful gender stereotypes and build soft skills.
PSD’s programmes are aligned to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:
SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being
SDG 4: Quality Education
SDG 5: Gender Equality
PSD also provides training for sports coaches, PE teachers and community trainers to give them the appropriate and relevant tools to constructively deliver sports-based programmes to children and youth.
Team India - Salaam Baalak Trust
Project: Salaam Baalak Trust
Salaam Baalak Trust (SBT) translates literally to a Trust which ‘salutes a child’. Saluting the indomitable spirit of street children without distinction of gender, religion, caste, colour or nationality, lies at the heart of its work.
SBT started out as a day care centre for street children, but now has two Children’s Homes for Girls, two Children’s Homes for Boys and three Open Shelters for boys to provide 24/7 care and protection services.
The Trust runs outreach activities and rescue operations. Children found living in vulnerable circumstances are identified and encouraged to come to the Contact point where food, medical aid, counselling and fun learning activity services are provided. Teams of social workers also work on a preventive mode in urban slums where young people are at risk of becoming street children. This work is carried out in sync with families and community leaders for the welfare of children.
SBT provides a sensitive and caring environment. It seeks to provide a platform for children to realise their full potential, their right to a safe and secure space. It provides full care and protection through health and nutrition, mental health, quality education and vocational training, support for performing arts such as photography, theatre, dance and puppetry.
Team India - Save the Children
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Save the Children is one of the largest independent child rights organisation that works in over 120 countries to ensure that all children learn, survive and are protected.
In India, registered as Bal Raksha Bharat, they have a presence in 18 states, are India’s leading independent child rights organisation, and have changed the lives of more than 11 million children in the last 11 years.
It has programmes running across 18 states, designed to address children’s unique needs; giving them a healthy start, an opportunity to learn as well as protection from harm. Save the Children is an outspoken champion for young people, ensuring their voices are heard and their issues are given top priority. It works with the local, state, and national government agencies, drawing on a century of expertise, working with the hardest-to-reach children – especially those unfairly excluded from the world’s progress.
Save the Children’s vision is to build a world in which every child has the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Its mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.
They have been working on the rights and cause of street connected children and have been advocating for their identity and access since 2016. By showcasing that street children can also be part of the big leagues in the Street Child World Cup, represent their country and talk about issues that are relevant and essential for the country’s development, Save the Children India hopes to influence commitment and mainstreaming of children in street situations.
SAFIRE was founded in May 2006 with the objective of continuing the programme undertaken by the Ministry of Social Security jointly with UNICEF between 2001 and 2006. Namely, to provide assistance to children in street situations with a view to rehabilitate and integrate them into society within the framework of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
A study in 2012 showed there were over 6,000 street children in Mauritius. The main issues these children face are dropping out of school, economic exploitation, sexual exploitation and drug use. It is in this context that SAFIRE delivers projects that meet their specific needs and it works with the authorities to ensure protection policies are put in place to guarantee the rights of children.
One of SAFIRE’s goals is to generate awareness of the issues. The Street Child Cricket World Cup provides an important platform for advocacy for change in perception.
By taking part in the first Street Child Cricket World Cup in 2019 SAFIRE’s participants learned that in uniting with others they became stronger and thus empowered to plea for their cause. For 2023 SAFIRE hopes that by beginning preparations early its young people will not only be prepared for the World Cup, but will also be starting a journey into a transformed life.
Project: Cricket Mexico
The Mexico Cricket Association is dedicated to growing the sport of cricket in Mexico. Its mission is to introduce, promote, and establish cricket in all Mexican States by 2030 and to make cricket the number one girls’ sport in the country by the same year.
It is guided by its core values of transparency, clarity of vision, and dedication to the task in hand. It embraces difference and disability. It is resolute in fostering a domestic competition that consists of teams of diverse culture and skill believing we are strongest when we reflect the society to which we belong.
Taking part in the Street Child Cricket World Cup will provide Cricket Mexico with the opportunity to implement social programmes through the sport – working with street children and children from disadvantaged backgrounds to give them access and opportunities to sport and to learn through sport. The ensuing local media coverage will help make cricket visible and show the transformative power it has – how it can change the lives of street children and vulnerable children by providing opportunities that would be otherwise denied to them because of their social status. This visibility will encourage more people and stakeholders to see how cricket fits with their objectives to improve social mobility and reduce poverty; NGOs working on societal issues; schools when they see how cricket makes good citizens and better people.
Through the sport Cricket Mexico can teach societal values, train the children to become coaches, so they have a skill, and leaders in their respective communities. Longer term, it would like to offer scholarships to street children and disadvantaged children.
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Project: Nepal, Shelter Ashraya
Shelter Ashraya Nepal has had approximately 5,500 young people attend its programmes since it was established in 2014. Its vision is to rehabilitate, protect and empower street-connected children and youth at risk through the medium of Sports. It supports the UN’s SDGs and uses sport to bring the children together in a safe space.
The organisation works to improve the lives of some of the most marginalised young people in Nepal. It is dedicated to the integration of street-connected children or children at risk in families along with providing support for resolving identity crises and to attain birth registration and citizenship. It envisions a society where children and youth are safe and have access to all their basic rights.
Shelter Nepal raises global awareness of their situation, challenging the negative perceptions and treatment they face. Its activities provide a platform for the young people to ask for change and help them develop themselves. It advocates for the rehabilitation of street children so that they can be seen and their voices can be heard.
Project: Rwanda, Uyisenga ni Imanzi
Uyisenga ni Imanzi (UNM) was founded in 2002, with a mission to provide orphans from genocide and HIV/AIDS with social services, education and income-generating opportunities. In 2005, as it had grown and strengthened its operations, a Ministerial Decree was granted in recognition.
UNM works very closely with government and local and international organisations such as Ibuka, Rwanda NGO forum on Aids and Health Promotion, International Rehabilitation Council for Torture victims and Family for Every Child to achieve greater impact and create lasting change for children and families.
The organisation supports children and young people (from babies up to the age of 25) through a variety of channels, providing home and school visits, mental health care, supporting the social reintegration and rehabilitation of mainly street children. UNM also provides funds for education and materials for children to attend school. It supports vocational activities and funds individual and group projects helping people achieve economic sustainability through small business activities.
Today Uyisenga ni Imanzi continues its work to help create protective and caring environments with the aim of building the resilience of children, youth, families and communities and to affect change for sustainable development.
Team South Africa
Project: Sporting Chance Foundation
Established over 30 years ago, Sporting Chance’s prime objective has been to provide opportunities for sporting participation for as many children as possible – irrespective of race, gender or social class – by mass participation sport and health programmes.
The Foundation’s established networks of coaches and coordinators, who live locally, identify vulnerable children and get them engaged in the programmes. The young people are from under resourced communities, attending low quintile schools (if they are able to attend school at all). The activities provide a structured opportunity for sport to be played in a safe space, creating a much needed sense of belonging. The concept is embraced by the entire community as it keeps the children occupied whilst living in an environment which seldom encourages self improvement and empowerment.
Sporting Chance established its street cricket programme in 2004. Since its inception, the programme has involved 14,500 children, provided contractual employment for 1,500 coaches and made a difference to thousands of children’s lives.
Team Sri Lanka
Project: Child Action Lanka
Affiliations include: Consortium for Street Children, Mobile School, Epiphany Trust, Global Development Group, Feed The Hungry,C3 Global, Popli, Trelleborg, St.John’s Egham and Help Orphans Now.
Child Action Lanka (CAL) was started in a city basement in the town of Kandy, in central Sri Lanka, in September 2006. Its Founder, Debbie Edirisinghe, wanted to create a safe haven for young people facing critical issues, supporting them on a daily basis and developing solutions for them. Many children around Sri Lanka start their life at a disadvantage simply because of who they are and where they come from. Children in both urban and rural areas around the country are deprived of education, traumatised by violence and abuse (mental and physical) or suffer from illness mainly due to poverty, war and conflict. In addition to being born into such difficult situations these children also face social stigma that prevents them from coming out of the cycle of poverty, with challenges not only from society but also from their own families.
The first CAL centre supported just eight young people, but its operations have expanded around the country. Today its work is centred around 15 Child Development Centres (CDC) in eight districts with its core areas of focus being Education, Health and Nutrition and Child Protection. The centres provide preschool, after school care-facilities including meals, educational support, hygiene, healthcare, protection and life opportunities to nearly 2,000 street, war affected and underprivileged children free of charge through a team of 60 local staff and numerous volunteers from around the world.
Since 2005 Pamoja Project has helped more than 35,000 people live better, healthier lives in Tanzania. Projects have included providing safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, sponsorship for orphans, vocational training (tailoring and welding), microfinance, support for vulnerable families and a variety of building projects.
We look to the future with hope and excitement. With your help we will continue to provide the important building blocks for Tanzanians who are creating a better life for themselves and their country.
Pamoja Child and Youth Foundation participated the first Street Child Cricket World Cup in 2019. Its participation has really changed the perspective of the community towards our young people as well as the organisation. Pamoja believes the Street Child Cricket World Cup is a powerful platform for advocating young people’s rights around the world.
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Project: Youth Sport Uganda (YSU)
Established in 2006, Youth Sport Uganda (YSU) targets its work at young people aged 10 to 18 years who live mainly in the suburbs and streets around main towns in Uganda. It believes in the power of sport to foster change, and incorporates the innate sports values of tolerance and equality in its programmes. YSU believe that only through strong communities can a household develop and manage its natural resources, provide adequate education and vocational training, address people’s needs for healthcare and disease prevention and achieve economic well-being. Its programmes develop the social skills and confidence of those who take part. To date, it has helped over 30,000 young people, reached more than 30 schools and trained approximately 100 coaches.
Cricket is a new sport for YSU, which has previously focused its sports activities on football, but its participants for India 2023 will not just be selected for their cricket skills. They will also be chosen to be ambassadors to represent all Ugandan street children. They will have an opportunity to use the event’s international platform to voice their rights to education, protection and basic needs. It will be a life changing opportunity.
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Projects: Grassroots Cricket
Grassroots Cricket is a not-for-profit organisation harnessing the power of cricket to help transform young lives in vulnerable communities of Zimbabwe. Its aim is to build a world where all children are equal and have access to the opportunities to fulfil their potential.
Its programmes develop Community Coaches to have both an understanding of the game of cricket but also a social sensitivity and awareness to ensure the game produces appropriate social benefits as well as cricket skills. Training includes addressing issues such as social values, respect for human dignity, gender equality, dangers of substance abuse, sexual reproductive health for adolescents. Life skills are developed alongside the sport providing an opportunity for young people to develop leadership skills. It also provides an out-of-school teenage mothers’ sport and education programme. Teenage mothers without enough education struggle to get jobs in a struggling economy with high unemployment. The programme provides the opportunity they need more time to learn and develop confidence.
As well as providing care, Grassroots Cricket works in consultation with its participants on the projects and programmes that they feel are beneficial to them and the community they live in. This encourages commitment and delivers better outcomes.