Street Child World Cup, Brazil 2014

Written by Sebastien on 19 December 2012. Posted in News

The Street Child World Cup is a global campaign for the rights of street children. Through football, art and a unique street child conference, our aim is to challenge the negative perceptions and treatment of street children.

Our Approach
Enable street children to tell their stories, so that street children themselves will inspire change on issues that matter to them.
Mobilise the world of football, high profile supporters and media partners to bring their stories to the public, challenging perceptions and propose ways in which companies, policymakers and government services can respond.
Work with outstanding NGO partners who are experts in their countries and are changing the lives of many street children around the world.

The Road to Rio
The second SCWC formally launched in London on April 12th 2012, the International Day for Street Children. In 2014, street children from five continents will come together in Brazil to take part in the Street Child World Cup. Their voices will be heard loud and clear. This is More than a Game.
Supported by celebrities including Pele, Sir Alex Ferguson and David Beckham OBE, a series of events over the following two years will raise the profile of the campaign.

Millions of children around the world are forced to live and work on the streets. These children are ignored, vulnerable to abuse and
routinely denied their basic rights. They are seen but not heard. The Street Child World Cup is a global campaign for the rights of street children. Through football, art and an international street child conference our campaign is to ensure street children are given the protection and opportunities that all children deserve.

Brazil 2014
In 2014 the beautiful game returns to its spiritual home: Brazil. Rio de Janeiro will host teams of street children from up to 20 countries, drawing from a network of outstanding projects all campaigning for the rights of street children. This will ensure that street children’s voices are heard and that they will have the chance to play in the festival of football.


Achieved so far – South Africa 2010

The first Street Child World Cup took place in South Africa in 2010 ahead of the FIFA World Cup. It was an international success.

Durban Declaration, produced by and for street children, presented to UN Committee on Human Rights and governments

Support for host project in winning 10-year campaign to end illegal and brutal police round-ups of street children

Host country media coverage estimated value: over £140,000. Media partners including BBC, the Sun and featured on FIFA’s Football Mundial.

National news coverage in every partner country.

Street Kids United documentary premiering to standing ovation at the Berlin Film Festival

Street children’s artwork exhibited at Durban Art Gallery and London Foundling museum

Four Tanzanian former street children now representing Tanzania in football at national level

There are a variety of ways you can get involved with the Street Child World Cup.Please visit

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