Leadership & Representation
We give young people the chance to speak out about their lives on a global platform.
So often unrepresented, our sports events push countries, communities and governments to listen to what street children are saying.
Alongside the sport, we organise a Congress where the children and young people from around the world learn about their rights and share their experiences with each other.
Working together, they identify priorities and make their recommendations for a fairer world for all street children.
The best thing for me was the conference. I never knew other children had gone through what I'd gone through - maybe together we can make a difference.Artom, Team Ukraine 2010
Challenging negative perceptions
Street-connected children are often blamed for their circumstances and stigmatised. As a result they are mistreated and marginalised.
Sport is an incredibly powerful tool in making their voices heard – on a level playing field.
“The general public ostracise and stigmatise those of us who live on the street. They treat us like lesser human beings and blame us for the way we are forced to live.” Usha, Team India
Right to Identity
Many street-connected children don’t have a birth certificate or official identification. Birth registration helps ensure children can access healthcare and education.
“Every child has the right to be a full citizen, regardless of whether they have a home or an address.”
Right to Protection from Violence
Children on the streets are extremely vulnerable to violence and abuse.
“Violence is a result of not being listened to. Governments must work with street-connected children to create laws that prevent them from being subjected to violence and abuse.”
Right to Education
Street-connected children are not always able or allowed to go to school or access a form of education that supports the specific challenges they face.
“All governments should ensure enrolment of street children in education, regardless of background, identity papers or resources, and support families to enable children to stay in education.”
Empowered, the children return home as ambassadors, boosting their personal development and raising awareness and support for other children still living on the streets.