The Street Child World Cup is a global movement for the rights of street children. Our aim is that street children are given the protection and opportunities that all children are entitled to. We believe that no child be forced to live on the streets.
The inaugural Street Child World Cup in South Africa 2010 ahead of the FIFA World Cup. Our partner project Umthombo had campaigning for a decade to cease the illegal ‘rounding-up’ of street children. This had intensified ahead of FIFA. The concept was a World Cup, which included rather than excluded street children.
It was an international success and the ‘Durban Declaration’, which was produced by and for the children, was presented to the UN Committee on Human Rights and to respective Governments of the teams. The event supported the host project Umthombo in ending round-up’s in Durban.
Host country media coverage had an estimated value of £140,000. Media partners included the BBC, FIFA’s Futbol Mundial and the Sun newspaper. National coverage was achieved in every country that took part. The documentary Street Kids United debuted to a standing ovation at the Berlin Film Festival.
Artwork from the street children was exhibited at Durban Art Gallery and London’s Foundling Museum.
“I know from personal experience just what power football can have to inspire and change young people’s lives whatever their background or nationality. This is what the Street Child World Cup is all about and I give it my full support.”
“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.”
“I experienced hardcore street life in my youth. I know what it’s like. I congratulate the Street Child World Cup project in it’s commitment to bring attention to the plight of Street Children through the power of football.”