Street Child World Cup Doha 2022
The Street Child World Cup Doha 2022 will be our fourth football World Cup, following successes in South Africa (2010) Brazil (2014) and Russia (2018).
The ten day event will bring street-connected young people from across the world together to take part in a football tournament, a festival of arts and advocate for their rights and protection through a child-focused Congress and General Assembly.
The SCWC 2022 will give the most vulnerable children across the globe the chance to represent their countries and tell the world 'I am somebody'.
SCU events give the young people we serve the opportunity to campaign on the issues important to them. The young people consistently highlight three challenges street-connected children face: not having a legal identity, access to education and protection from violence.
The Street Child World Cup Doha 2022 will create a platform for all of our participating teams to speak about the issues and challenges that are most relevant to them and how governments, businesses and communities can support street-connected young people to contribute to SDGs 4 (quality education), 5 (gender equality), 10 (reduced inequality), 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions and 17 (partnerships to achieve the goals).
However, with Qatar’s clear focus on, and investment in, the education sector (Pillar One of the Qatar National Vision 2030), the SCWC 2022 will highlight access to education as a key demand of our young people.
The universal right to education has a solid basis in international law and is a key component of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, centred on leaving no one behind. The numerous societal, practical and health barriers street-connected young people face means they are among the millions of the world’s hardest-to-reach children who are unable to attend mainstream schools and face high drop-out rates from formal education programmes.
When data on enrolment rates are gathered, street-connected young people not enrolled in school are often not included – as most of the data is gathered through household surveys. This means they are neither part of the 91% of children in primary school, nor part of the 9% of children not in primary school – they remain invisible altogether.
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LEEDO (Local Education and Economic Development Organization) was established 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. It works with both the able bodied and those who have special needs.
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.
By taking part in SCWC 2022, LEEDO hopes to build on the work done at previous events to change attitudes in the community to street connected children. The raised profile the event will provide will also enable LEEDO to influence people to support the organization as volunteers, with funds and by providing access to key decision makers in its drive to change policies that have an impact on street connected children.
Media link: https://www.facebook.com/leedo.org
Project: Street Child United Brazil
Street Child United Brazil was created following the 2014 Street Child World Cup and is now a fully independent Brazilian NGO. It is situated in one of the most dangerous communities in Rio, the Complexo de Penha favela. Street-connected young people in Brazil lack opportunities and often experience violence including gunfights between traffickers and police.
SCUB provides a safe place for young people at risk to take part in football sessions. Its community coaches inspire and help them to seek to fulfil their potential, addressing social issues and encouraging personal development. Above all SCUB provides a sense of family for the children.
SCUB will use the opportunity of taking part in Doha 2022 to raise awareness of its work and raise regular income to cover its costs. It wants to continue to promote gender equality especially in sport, raising awareness of the potential of young people from favelas.
Media links: https://www.facebook.com/famcaracol/
Project: Fundacion Hogar de Ninos Alalay
Alalay works to effect change in the economic and social poverty conditions in high risk children, young people and families, The main problems faced by street connected young people in Bolivia are poverty, violence, social inequality, forced labour and lack of access to basic requirements (health, education). It lobbies government at national, departmental and municipal levels with the aim of securing the right for children and adolescents to live in healthy environments. Alalay’s activities make visible the problems of street children and adolescents through art and sports, promoting a change in attitude of tolerance, equality and rights.
It will use the platform provided by the Street Child World Cup to empower its young people, promote its educational campaigns and build its network. Taking part in the event will enable its participants to be protagonists in advocating issues such as Protection against Violence and the Right to Identity.
Media links: https://www.facebook.com/FundacionAlalay/
iACT provides humanitarian action to aid, empower, and extend hope to those affected by mass atrocities, trauma, violence, and displacement where people struggle to meet basic needs (food, healthcare, secure shelter, education). Its main beneficiaries are Darfuri refugees displaced by conflict. The organisation uses sport and education programmes with a vision to create a world where people are connected and equipped to act. Lead with Empathy, a leadership development and empowerment programme, provides the tools and guidance for refugees and communities affected by humanitarian crises to learn and practice leadership skills. The sport programmes are Darfur United (all refugee men’s and women’s soccer teams) and the Refugees United Soccer Academy. Darfur United is also a movement for hope.
The Darfur United Women’s Team was launched in 2018, bringing new opportunities for women and girls where few exist today. Participating in Doha will be the first time it will have to represent their community and all refugees on the international stage. By participating in the SCWC, iACT hopes to raise awareness about the challenges faced by those affected by mass-atrocities and highlight the leadership of women and girls.
Media links: https://www.facebook.com/iactivism
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.
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).
Karunalaya 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. It will also use the publicity to promote the organisation to potential funding partners.
Media links: https://twitter.com/karunalaya?lang=en
Project: Kampus Diakoneia Modern (KDM)
KDM empowers young people to build better futures for themselves, enabling them to become skilled, confident and self-supporting. Many of those it works with are street children and trash pickers. KDM uses sport to engage with these marginalised young people and uses the arts to help them express their feelings. The main issues that street-connected young people face in Indonesia are a lack of legal identity, birth registration, right to education and protection from violence. KDM provides rescue, shelter, home care, food, clothing, health care and education. It advocates for birth certificates and health insurance. It works to strengthen community awareness about child rights and child protection.
KDM wants all participants to be ambassadors for their issues, focusing on protection from violence and abuse (physical, sexual, and drugs), child marriage (especially for girls), birth registration and legal identity, and child labour for the family’s economic reason.
Media links: https://www.facebook.com/KDM.or.id
Project: Fútbol Más
Fútbol Más promotes the well-being of children and youths, strengthening resilience processes, significant bonds and community cohesion through games and sports. It offers free classes that combine sport skills with life skills (e.g. dribbling with teamwork). Soft skills focused on include empathy, moral reasoning, trust, self-esteem, autonomy, positive resolution of conflicts, recognition and emotional expressions. The children and young people are those who live in vulnerable conditions due to violence, economic situation, racism, gender violence, migration, etc.
Ten programmes are currently in operation, attended by more than 1,800 children and young people. Young leaders are identified. Fútbol Más works with them to develop skills that enable them to continue autonomously once it leaves a neighbourhood. The time the organisation works in a community varies, but it can take from two to three years to reach that point. Programmes are also run in schools, refugee shelters and soccer schools.
Fútbol Más will use SCWC 2022 to promote its programmes and generate the additional funding that will enable its work to continue.
Media links: https://www.facebook.com/futbolmasorg
Project: Palestine Sports For Life
Palestine: Sports for Life (PS4L) is a leading Palestinian non-profit Sport for Development organization based in Ramallah founded in 2011, registered in the Palestinian Interior Ministry and Higher Council of Sports.
PS4L responds to developmental needs in the marginalized Palestinian communities through sport and life skills and empowers youth and women by operating in a global context and aligning it’s developmental activities and programs with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
There is a large need for the programs that PS4L is implementing due to the difficult circumstances that the different communities in Palestine are going through as such PS4L targets women, youth and children that are the base and most fragile.
PS4L has managed to reach 12 districts in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem with its program, sharing its models and curriculums locally and internationally.
Project: Los Pioneros
Los Pioneros offers training, workshops and forums to all its participants encompassing personal development, the rights of the child and prevention of violence. It promotes positive changes in the children and young people from the vulnerable neighbourhoods of Callao, who are at social risk, improving their quality of life and learning, through sports, art, education and culture. The main issues that street-connected young people face in Peru are violence, gender inequality, gangs, poverty, dysfunctional families and a lack of opportunities. Its programmes offer services to protect, support and provide opportunities: the Values Soccer School (6 to 14 years), Women in Action, Young Change Managers (male and female from the age of 13).
Los Pioneros will use Doha 2022 to increase its international coverage. It will drive female empowerment, providing participants with the experience of a cultural exchange and an opportunity for skills development. It will also be an opportunity to learn about the organisation of a world-class event and achieve a greater visibility in Peru to encourage both public and private entities to contribute to the continuity and improvement of the development of its programmes.
Media links: https://www.facebook.com/los.pioneroscallao/
Project: Fairplay For All
Fairplay believes no-one should be trapped in poverty just because of where they were born. Its mission is to provide opportunities to learn, play and grow. It works in the community of Payatas – the largest dumpsite in Metro Manila. The garbage industry is the main source of income for many living there either near or below the poverty line. Those mentored have shown remarkable progress when provided with the opportunities and support most take for granted.
Fairplay’s mentoring programme develops physical and mental health, provides social and emotional support, and creates financial and academic opportunities. Its Fairplay Youth Centre aims to provide social support through weekly Youth Groups. The Payatas Sports Centre provides a safe space for young people to have fun and play away from gangs and drugs and the underlying causes of such problems. The Fairplay Café is a social enterprise, empowering local mothers to run a kitchen that provides healthy, affordable meals in the community.
Fairplay wants to use the opportunity of participating in Doha to increase funding and develop its network. Team Philippines is the top of its footballing programmes providing inspiration for the younger children to look up to.
Media links: ttps://www.facebook.com/fairplayforallfoundation/
Project: Street Soccer
Street Soccer USA’s goal is to develop team players and community leaders and connect them and their families to the opportunities and support they need. It has specific expertise and focus on diverse, low-income neighbourhoods. Programmes have also been tailored for homeless, refugee, and other special needs groups. The main issues street-connected young people face in the USA include isolation, stigmatisation, lack of role models and lack of social services.
Street Soccer USA runs a range of programmes that teach social emotional learning skills through soccer, bridging lessons of sports and everyday life, delivered in school, after school, and community-based settings in an age appropriate and population specific manner.
The organisation wants to use the experience of participating in Doha to empower young people, providing a chance to develop leaders and transform lives. It will challenge the stigma attached to being homeless by raising an understanding of the circumstances and systemic failures that often lead to children and families becoming homeless. For participants living in shelters, group homes or supportive-housing, Street Child World Cup represents an opportunity to see a world beyond their current life situations.
Media links: https://twitter.com/streetsoccerusa
Project: Young Achievement Sports for Development (YASD)
Young Achievement Sports for Development (YASD) was founded by young people living in slums, an impoverished community without the basic social amenities for human habitation. They wanted to create opportunities for themselves and their peers and change their circumstances for the better. As well as living in poverty, the main issues that street-connected young people face in Zimbabwe are a lack of legal identity, access to education and living in dysfunctional families. The pillars of YASD’s programming are sports training, youth support services, educational support and referral to homes. The impact of the soccer games and a reading club are at the heart of the YASD programming. The realisation that a group of young people could have such impact to transform a community culminated into the registration of the organisation in 2007.
YASD wants to continue to empower young people. Participation in Doha 2022 will improve the self-esteem of the players and their motivation. Belonging to a network of like-minded organisations will improve the impact of its work and visibility. A change of attitude in the community can help drive policy change.
Media links: https://www.facebook.com/yasd05
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Project: O Pequeno Nazareno (OPN)
OPN’s mission is to bring about government policy change regarding street-connected children and increase funding within the sector. Their work includes protection of children from child labour and sexual exploitation, family intervention, and campaigning for the rights of street-connected children. Most of their work is catered towards street-connected children and disadvantaged families.
They are passionate about improving opportunities for street-connected children, e.g. for government policy to address a street-connected child’s right to education and right to protection from violence. They themselves also provide access to cultural, sporting, leisure and professional opportunities. Street-connected young people in the country are at particularly at risk of exposure to violence, sexual exploitation and child labour and there is a lack of education opportunities
They want to take part in order to expand their network and be able to reach potential sponsoring organisations as well as raise awareness for the problems street-connected young people face in Brazil.
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Project: Everton in the Community
The Everton Foundation supports many vulnerable young people, who live in areas of high deprivation and poverty, homelessness and face regular socio and economic challenges. “Our programmes aim to empower young people, providing them with the tools and experiences to succeed in life, whilst raising their aspirations for the future.” They run a wide range of multi-sport programmes, community and youth programmes, mentoring, employability programmes and apprenticeships, to name but a few. The foundation supports people of all ages, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds. “We help people who are in the greatest need and who face the toughest challenges, including the ‘hard to reach’ and ‘hard to help’ members of society.” The foundation supports street-connected young people from the local area. They come from low-income families, have little to no education and are at risk of criminal and sexual exploitation and domestic violence. As a result they can suffer from low self-esteem and have few aspirations, some may also develop a drug/alcohol dependency.
Oltalom’s mission is to “offer a possibility for every person with different socio-economic status. Their main activities are sport for integration programmes, football training and professional skills development. “The target group of the organisation is that of at-risk youth and at-risk adults. We target them through the power of sport and in our case especially through the passion for football.”Oltalom also want their beneficiaries to develop hobbies and enjoy leisure time, “in addition, our aim is to offer meaningful free time activities in parallel with soft and hard skill development.” They have a clear understanding of the difficulties faced by the young people they support. “Street connected children in Hungary can be characterised with low socioeconomic status, poor housing conditions, insufficient nutrition, lack of proper education and, almost as a cumulative result of all these, difficulties with the academic achievements which has a negative effect on their prosperity in the job market. Due to the lack of sufficient nutrition, they are less immune to viruses and often their physical and mental state is not in accordance with their biological age.”
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Project: Youth Football Club (YFC)
YFC seek to improve the lives of disadvantaged children; “we at YFC, visualize ourselves as partners in a national and global campaign to restore childhood to millions of children deprived of their basic needs. We are committed to giving them back their childhood in terms of care, protection and opportunities for participation and development. ”They run sport for development programmes and advocacy workshops, focusing on universal human rights, gender equality and non-violent relations between different castes, religions, ethnicities, nationalities etc. They cater their work towards under-privileged children in the Punjab area. The main issues facing street-connected children in the area are a lack of education, poor mental and physical health, child labour, substance abuse and exposure to violence.”
They feel inspired to participate in the Street Child World Cup. ”It will allow us to highlight the value and integrity of street connected children in our programmes. Here in Rurka Kalan, children who are at risk to become street children due to their family’s situation are stigmatised by the community. This includes other children, teachers and the general population from higher caste backgrounds. Due to their family name and their looks, children are discriminated by their teachers and on average receive worse results in their tests than other kids based on personal prejudices of the teachers. In the community, they are often met with distrust and verbal abuse due to their looks and the need for them to engage in cheap labour or begging. This is why our key theme would be “challenging stigma”.”
Social Media links: https://www.linkedin.com/company/yfcrurkakalanindia
The main purpose of Safire is the protection and the rehabilitation of children in street situations in Mauritius. They run a variety of outreach programmes, day care Services, life skills workshops and social integration through sports activities, catered towards under-privileged children and young adults around Mauritius. Their flagship programme ‘Vulnerable Neighbourhoods’ provides free classes that combine sport and life skills, as well as identifying young leaders, who they then help to develop their leadership skills. The main issues facing street-connected children in the Mauritius are access to and retention in education, which is affected by higher teenage pregnancy rates.
Project: Street Child of Nepal (SCoN) + Childreach
Street Child of Nepal is focused on education, child protection and livelihood support to address the social, economic and structural issues. SCoN works with street affected children to deliver several educational projects – such as building educational infrastructure, designing specialised curriculums, advocating for increased access to education and providing teacher training. It’s beneficiaries are chosen based on research conducted in communities in Nepal, aimed at identifying marginalised children, who are most excluded from access to education in Nepal. Access to education remains one of the key issues facing street-connected children in Nepal. In many cases, family disruption and poor parenting are the first barriers children face in accessing education. Parents in Nepal frequently want their children working or taking on household duties early rather than participating in education. A lack of appropriate documentation also makes it difficult for children to enrol in schools.
Street Child of Nepal (SCoN) is committed to assisting vulnerable, street affected children to access appropriate, quality education that is sensitive to their needs. Street Child of Nepal identifies implementing partners for their local level expertise and experience and builds the capacity of our partners to ensure that there is a strong and sustainable presence of the partner organisation beyond the project implementation period.
Social Media links: https://www.facebook.com/streetchildofnepal
Project: Muslim Hands
Muslim Hands’ purpose is to provide better means of education, as well as an environment for healthy activities and development of sports. The organization works within different social sectors in Pakistan such as education, health, sports for development, disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction. Their work supports impoverished children and families, helping them access education and giving them access to meaningful sport and soft skill programmes. Street-connected children in the area are deprived of basic necessities like health, hygiene, clean water and nutrition. They lack fundamental rights such as access to education, birth registration, protection and shelter.
Being associated with the SCWC (as MH have been for the past many years) gives the project a very good platform to work and network with other like minded organisations that are also working with Street Children related causes. They not only hope to bring in much needed awareness to the subject of Street Children using this platform but also hope to develop a working relationship with many new Organizations Globally using the common ground of Street Children.
Project: Tondo FC and Fair Play For All
Tondo’s purpose is “to teach street children how to play football and use it to get a free college scholarships at the International school in the Philippines.” They run sport for development programmes, football training, freestyle football, dancing and singing classes. Their work is catered towards disadvantaged young people from Tondo, a high risk area of the capital, Manila. They run a long term football league with weekly matches, daily football training and regular workshops and classes. Street-connected young people in the Philippines are at risk of drug use and violence. They come from low income communities with few opportunities and there is a lack of action from the government.
Project: Cheka Sana
Check Sana’s purpose is to reduce the number of children living on the street in Mwanza and to build a better relationship between street involved children, their families, relatives and their community. Also, to reduce the numbers of young women /mothers involved in commercial sex work in Mwanza. They run outreach football training sessions, arts programmes at street children centres and campaigning for children’s rights through football, making use of the audiences in attendance at matches. Their main beneficiaries are street-connected children in Mwanza. Cheka Sana runs a day centre for street-connected children to build friendships and engage in art, meditation and games. They help to reunite street-connected children with family members, when considered appropriate after an assessment. Street-connected children in Tanzania face sexual, physical or emotional abuse, HIV/AIDS, lack of education, being forced into criminal activity, being rejected from their family, mental health issues, substance abuse and poverty.
Cheka Sana Tanzania, through Tanzania Street Children Sports Academy, has been part of the Street Child World Cup journey for over a decade.
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Instagram: tscacademy & chekasanatanzania
Project: Youth Sport Uganda (YSU)
YSU’s purpose is to offer educational, health and life skills opportunities to vulnerable youths in Uganda through harnessing the power of football. They run sport for development activities, arts activities and advocacy workshops. “Our target group is boys and girls in the age groups of 10 – 18 years. These are mainly in suburbs and streets around main towns in Uganda. They share the challenges of little or no access to meaningful sporting activities. We use football in the health education especially on WASH and HIV/AIDS. We employ well designed curricula on Football 4 WASH to deliver workshops and trainings.” The issues facing street connected children in Uganda are lack of access to education and health services. The community faces the challenges of gender based violence, drug abuse and its related problems.
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Project: AFDP Global
AFDP is a social enterprise that supports projects and programmes around the world that unite children and young adults. They use sport to develop respect and tolerance, fostering team spirit, and developing talent. Their beneficiaries (from Syria) have refugee status and lacked available sports activities at the camps when they started (around 2011). AFDP targets children and youths up to the age of 17 including boys and girls and they reached over 7000 refugee children annually and have trained more than 50 refugee coaches (and supported financially). Their activities include football training, tournaments, and leagues in a structured manner in the camps to the refugee youths and children.
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For more information about the SCWC 2022, contact Lucas Mee (Project Manager).