The Street Child Games 2016 || Team GB
Across the world millions of children live and work on the streets. Forced to leave their families, these children are often marginalised by society, blamed for their circumstances and left vulnerable to violence, abuse and exploitation. They are denied their basic human rights. You can help change this.
In the run-up to the Olympics, former street children from across the world will take part in the first-ever Street Child Games in Rio de Janeiro - providing a platform for street children to tell the world they are somebodies with rights.
Four young people from England, who have experienced homelessness or having had to leave their family homes as children, have the chance to represent their country at the Street Child Games.
The Games, which take place from 14 - 20 March in the heart of Rio, will welcome up to 60 young people from across the world who have been at risk of the streets - recognising some of the world's most marginalised young people as athletes and inviting those who have lived in the shadows to step into the spotlight in the Olympic city.
The Street Child Games aims to challenge perceptions of street children everywhere - for one week only, street children will take over the Copacabana Palace Hotel for a unique congress that gives them the chance to discuss and defend their rights.
The Games ||
They will participate in Olympic-themed sports, celebrating the right of all children to play and express themselves in a safe setting. Our athletes will compete at a sports facility fit for champions - Forte São João in Urca is situatied at the foot of world-famous Sugarloaf Mountain. The teams will take part in six events: 100m, 100m hurdles, 400m, Long Jump, Shot Put, 4x 100m Relay.
The Congress ||
A unique model-UN Congress will invite street-connected children to lead the discussion on the issues they face. The outcome of the Congress will be a resolution to be presented to Governments putting the spotlight firmly on promoting children's rights.
Team GB needs you!
This is an incredible opportunity, but Team GB urgently needs your support to take part. So far we have 9 countries taking part including Brazil, Liberia, India, Pakistan, Argentina, Mozambique, Philippines, Egypt and Burundi. We would like to ask you to sponsor Team GB to stand alongside and represent the rights of street-connected and homeless youth worldwide.
With your help, we can ensure four young people from London, who had to leave their family home as children, can attend the Games. The young people will have the opportunity to wear their national colours, and represent their peers in an international Congress at the Copacabana Palace Hotel.
Your support means the voices of street-connected, homeless and vulnerable young people are heard across the world.
The young people we work with are empowered through these types of events to become Ambassadors for the rights of vulnerable children and young people in GB, leading on advocacy and campaigning for positive change in their own communities and becoming advocates for children at risk worldwide.
Help street children tell the world: I AM SOMEBODY