Across the world millions of children are forced to survive on the streets.

Street Child World Cup in association with Save the Children provides a global platform for street children to be heard so that they receive the safety, support and opportunities that all children deserve.

We use the power of sport and the arts to challenge the negative perceptions and treatment of street children transforming lives across the world.

In April 2014 over 230 former street children from 19 countries joined us in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for a unique football tournament. These children stand united for the rights of street children across the world and they are not alone. Street Child World Cup received the support of Pope Francis, Prince William Duke of Cambridge, World Cup winners Gilberto Silva and Bebeto and football legend Zico.

No child should have to live on the streets.

Latest Tweets
  • “No child should have to live on the streets.  I commend the Street Child World Cup for providing a platform for the rights of street children to be heard.”

    Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP, Former Prime Minister
  • “When ever people come across me they laugh. It seems like my mouth is zipped because they talk for us. I wish they could give us a chance to talk for ourselves.”

    Mbali, 15, Durban
  • “It was possible to gather many nationalities, cultures, and form a nation: a nation of free man, with equal rights and opportunities, mutual respect, rightful duties. It was 10 days when the world, in that corner of Rio, was fair to socially excluded children; they could feel the beauty of being somebody in this world.”

    Abdul Faquir, Team Mozambique, Project Leader

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Remembering Nanko Van Buuren

February 23, 2015

“The children of the favelas have lost a father.” Street Child United remembers, Nanko Van Buuren, who worked tirelessly for marginalised young people in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro for 25 years until his death on 14 February. A few years ago, as Street Child United was looking for a p...

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Be a champion for street children. Run Hackney with Street Child United

February 9, 2015

Make your trainers happy and run the streets for street children. We’ve got 15 places available for the Vitality Run…

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'My dream is to be educated, to become President.' A young person's dream painted onto the wall of Vidigal favela community at the Street Child World Cup Rio 2014

Street Child United teams up with Studio Cambridge English Language School

January 23, 2015

Studio Cambridge English Language School has offered bursaries for up to eight children who played at the 2014 Street Child…

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On your marks. Get set. Go!

January 16, 2015

Supporting street children’s rights in 2015 On your marks. Happy New Year! A huge thank you for all your support…

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