Street Child World Cup partners with street child organisations from around the world on a three-fold basis:
1. The children
That the organisation are able to support, equip and nurture the children before, during and after they have taken part in the SCWC. This includes a range of preparation work including advocacy, communications skills and the use of art and individual legacy work with the participating children children so that participation will be used for their futures.
2. That project or network of projects
They will be able to work with us to shape SCWC, to deliver on our goals, to demonstrate best practice and to use participation to further the scope of their work and to secure new areas of support for it.
3. The organisations campaign goals
How they will use participation to best realise these goals? These will be at different stages for different country teams and will vary from street child population surveys, to awareness raising of the issues, to specific legislative changes, to the implementation of legilsation, to calling for an end to brutalituy toward street children to championing how effective investment can transform a situation.
All of these strands come under our global campaign that is led by the street children involved – I AM SOMEBODY.
The end of Police “round-ups” in Durban
Umthombo our host-project in Durban, South Africa led a decade-long campaign to end Police round-ups of street children. These round-ups would often take place ahead of international visit’s in a bid to “sweep the streets” of street children.
This issue came to a head at the Street Child World Cup 2010 when three girls were round up by the Metro Police, evidence of which was filmed by Umthombo CEO Tom Hewitt. The following day a photographer from the Sun newspaper who was covering the event was detained for photographing children who had been round up and left in a Police van. The footage from both these incidents led directly to the ending of this brutal practice violating the right’s of street children.
The Durban Declaration
The Street Child World Cup gives young people the opportunity to talk about their experiences with one another, as well as within the media. In 2010 over the final weekend a youth participation conference was held. The children talked about their experiences and thoughts on three key themes: Home, Protection from violence, and Access to health and education. This was presented to the UN Committee on Human Rights along with Governments of participating countries.
Exhibiting Art by street children
Street Child World Cup is not just a football tournament; it is also an opportunity for street children to express their experiences and hopes through art workshops. In 2010 the artwork from the young people was exhibited at Durban Art Gallery and the Foundling museum London.
We aim to challenge the negative perceptions and treatment of street children around the world. We do this through media coverage of the street child issue to as wide an audience as possible. All our content whether it be film or photography is underpinned by portraying street children with dignity at all times.
IMPACT RESULTS FROM 2010
Police now working with, not against the host-project Umthombo
Documentary Street Kids United releasedBBC Blue Peter featured Umthombo
Art exhibition in Durban (spanning FIFA World Cup) & in London’s Foundling Museum
All ten team members reintegrated with their families
Three children are in full time education
Three are enrolled in apprenticeship schemes, gaining work experience and college training
One team member is now working full time
The team were invited to speak on the radio and at community events about their experiences
The team were given a platform to educate the nation about the issues of all children still on the streets who they represented
Partner project Casa Alianza invited by Nicaraguan Government to sit in on advisory panels (such as juvenile justice, policy on working with at-risk children, and family ministry) and opinions and advice on best practice have been incorporated.
The team returned to a civic reception from a proud nation. Their involvement triggered a national resurgence in football
The team were invited to take part in a national day campaigning against child labour
A charity was formed inspired by the teams experiences: Football for Good
Dec 2011: David Beckham visited the street children’s projects meeting members of the Street Child World Cup team. ‘Jason’ and ‘MonMon’ in particular took great delight in discussing their experiences of the Street Child World Cup with the former England Captain
One member is in college studying criminology and aims to be a policeman
One member is now in final year in private school and has been offered a football Scholarship for next year at a college
One team member has lost contact
Remainder of team are now living off the street; some have been reunited with immediate family or relatives, whilst some still live at the centre
Three girls from the team are working in a restaurant through the Moran Foundation who also fund football training
ASCF, the sending charity reports direct increase in operational capacity as a result; increases in funding, and vast increase in publicity
Four young people now housed with foster families
Four young people are at boarding school
One young person in a hostel at a professional school
All children are still within school-age, and all are in education
Film shown on two local TV channels featuring staff, children who attended SCWC and the governor of the Kharkov area who participated
Significant increase in the awareness of the issue in Ukraine
Many people began to come to the organisation with offers of help for the children
State structures are now better informed about the work of partner organisation
Monitoring the situation of street children by police used to only take place before a major event or for annual checks for state reports at the end of the year. Now they are monitored regularly, with the aim of a better understanding of their circumstances
Victorious Indian team welcomed back by an exuberant crowd and extensive coverage in the Indian media profiling the issues affecting street children
One member selected to represent India in the under 16’s World Cup as result of Street Child World Cup
Two boys have secured professional contracts and have since bought their own homes. They are 17 & 19 and have been called up for Under 20 Tanzania
Two girls have been called up for trials with the Tanzanian national team
One girl has scholarship at a Sports school in Uganda
One girl is in secondary school in Mwanza
One team member is self-employed as a motorbike taxi driver in Mwanza
The Tanzanian Street Children’s (TSC) Sports Academy has gained more recognition countrywide with some of Tanzania’s leading teams visiting the project to scout for players. The Tanzanian Minister for Sport and representatives from the Tanzanian Football Association (TFA) have visited the project twice
TSC Sports Academy has also benefited from increased media attention; it was a focus of a documentary on national television, a direct result of competing in SCWC 2010
On the ‘International Day of the Street Child’ in 2011, a large event was held at the Kuleana Street Children’s Centre where local police officials were invited to meet to discuss ideas that the children had come up with to reduce the number of children relying on the street
TSC has seen an increase in international support too, with a visit from two Arsenal Community coaches and the establishment of a “Friends of TSC” in Germany
“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.”
“It was a privilege to be invited to the launch of the Street Child World Cup at Downing Street. It gives children a voice through football, a platform to express their rights and celebrate their abilities – I’m proud to add my support.”