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/ 18 April 2012

Street Child World Cup welcomed to St Paul’s

The Bishop of London has today met with a football team of former street children from Brazil who will be participating in the Street Child World Cup. The team is visiting London to raise awareness of the second World Cup for street children, which will be held alongside the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in 2014.

The group, aged between 15 and 18, are from the Quixote project in Sao Paulo. After meeting the Bishop, they were given a tour of St Paul’s Cathedral. As part of their visit to the UK, they will also visit Premier League football matches at QPR and Arsenal, a training session at Tottenham and the Houses of Parliament.

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 an international sporting event, this tournament aims to challenge negative perceptions and treatment of street children everywhere. The initiative is also supported by footballer Pele and former England Captain David Beckham.

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.

The Bishop of London said:

"Football can bring the world together and transform lives. It was thrilling to meet members of the Brazilian team in the Street Child World Cup 2010. I heard about grim experiences in early life and the power of support and friendship to open up new hope and aspirations."

Photo Credit: Stefano Cagnoni/Street Child World Cup.


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