Street Child World Cup - Worldwide
Sponsorship of the Philippine street child team
The Street Child World Cup is a global campaign for street children to receive the protection and opportunities that all children are entitled to. Ahead of each FIFA World Cup, they unite street children from across five continents to play football and join them in a unique international conference.
Years: 2009, 2014
The ALMT sponsored the first ever Street Child World Cup (SCWC) held in Durban, South Africa, in March 2010 and it was so successfull that we parterned with them again at the 2014 annual Burns Night dinner to support the Philippines team for a second time.
The Street Child World Cup places street children centre stage. The event celebrates potential and provides a platform for street children to tell their stories to policy-makers and the worldwide media. They kicked off a global call for street children’s rights to be recognised and upheld.
'When people see us by the streets, they say that we are street boys. But when they see us playing soccer, they say that we are not the street boys. They say that we are people like them' - Thando,14, Durban.
In 2010, the ALMT sponsored the Philippines Street Child World Cup team organised by a network of NGOs in Manila. The grant enabled a team of young people, all of whom with experience of living on the streets, to represent their peers in Durban. As well as competing on the football field, the team of street children worked with seven similar teams from around the world to lead an innovative conference, identifying issues in their lives that they want to see changed.
In 2014, the event in Rio is has been bright, flambouyant and a huge success. Watch this space for updates and more images in the next few weeks.
'The Street Child World Cup provides a platform for the rights of street children to be heard' - Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP, Prime Minister.
'The Street Child World Cup demonstrates the tremendous potential of every single child, and especially street children, who are so often treated as less than human. I urge all governments to guarantee the rights of this most marginalised group of their citizens to lives in which their promise is fulfilled' Archbishop Desmond Tutu.