In March 2014, the second Street Child World Cup (SCWC) will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Building on the success of the inaugural event in Durban, South Africa, in 2010, the 2014 event will bring teams of street children from 20 countries to compete for the Street Child World Cup and to make their voices heard.
In Durban, 8 teams of street children from four continents competed and participated in discussions and several activities. For the children, it was much more than just a tournament, it was a chance to be seen and heard. The key themes that emerged from their discussions have been drawn together as the Durban Declaration, which has been presented to the UN Committee on Human Rights, to central and regional governments and to civil society organisations.
The ABC Trust led the Brazil team in South Africa 2010 and will be hosting the 2014 event in Brazil. In the next three years we will be working with Amos Trust, Momentum Arts and other partners to plan for an event which captures and amplifies the spirit of the first SCWC. Through the Street Child World Cup 2014, we want to celebrate the potential of these children and call for their rights to be realised.
“Sometimes it is hell on the streets but when I play football I feel as if I am in heaven. Coming here and listening to stories of other street children has made me realise that I’m not alone in struggling.” Thamires dos Santos, player for the Brazilian team in the SCWC 2010
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