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Brazil Street Child World Cup team visits UK

The Brazilian Street Child Soccer team enjoyed a successful trip to the UK last month to raise awareness of the second Street Child World Cup, which will be held alongside the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in 2014.

“Sometimes it’s hell on the street, but when Iplay football I feel as if I am in heaven “ – Anon, street child, Brazil

The Brazilian Street Child Soccer team enjoyed a successful trip to the UK last month to raise awareness of the second Street Child World Cup, which will be held alongside the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in 2014.

The Street Child World Cup was set up by Amos Trust, a Christian human rights organisation based at All Hallows on the Wall Church in the city of London. Through football, art and a truly unique international sporting event, this tournament aims to challenge negative perceptions and treatment of street children everywhere.
 
The group of former street children (aged 15-18) are from the Quixote project in Sao Paulo. Their 10-day promotional tour of the UK included Premier League games at QPR and Arsenal, a training session at Spurs, a visit to the Houses of Parliament and a reception at the Brazilian Embassy.

Football legend Pele and former England Captain David Beckham have both shown support for the Brazil Street Child World Cup.
 
David Beckham said: “I know 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.”

The 2014 event follows the success of the inaugural Street Child World Cup held in Durban, South Africa in 2010. The participants at the tournament drew up the Durban Declaration, a human rights manifesto for street children, which has been presented to the UN Committee on Human Rights and governments across the world
 
Archbishop Desmond Tutu said of the 2010 event: “The Street Child World Cup demonstrates the tremendous potential of every single child, and especially street children, who are so often treated as less than human ... I urge all governments to guarantee the rights of this their most marginalised group of citizens.”

Teams of street children from up to 20 countries will take part in The Street Child World Cup that will draw on a network of outstanding projects that campaign for the rights of street children worldwide.
 
The tournament is a joint venture of Action for Brazil’s Children (ABC) Trust, Amos Trust and Momentum Arts. It is a UK registered charity (No. 1144951).

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