In April of last year Bishop Richard hosted members of the 2010 Brazilian Street Child World Cup team when they came to London to promote the Street Child World Cup in Rio 2014. On meeting the team he said:
“Football can bring the world together and transform lives. It was thrilling to meet members of the Brazilian team from the 2010 Street Child World Cup. I heard about grim experiences in early life and the power of support and friendship to open up new hope and aspirations.”
Founded in the belief that street children are made in God’s own image and that all children should have a future free from fear, neglect and abuse, the Street Child World Cup was set up by Amos Trust, a Christian charity based in one of the churches in the Diocese. Through football, art and campaigning the Street Child World Cup aims to challenge the negative perceptions and treatment of street children around the world.
More than a Game is a two minute promotional video about the Street Child World Cup.
In 2014 sixteen teams of street children from countries as varied as Egypt, South Africa, Brazil, Philippines, Ukraine, India and Mozambique, will come together in Rio to compete in a football tournament and take part in a unique street child conference.
Lorelyn, from the Phillippines team, said:
“This tournament has helped me to believe in the world again and to know that I am somebody.”
Lent appeal leaflets, posters and gift aid envelopes are available to order here. Every parish should have received publicity samples and instructions for treasurers by post.
Download the special Churches Fundraising Pack, which is full of ideas and resources to help everyone in the Diocese get involved, whether it is by hosting a church football tournament, putting on a Brazil themed coffee morning, or by giving something up for Lent for street children.
Whilst the Worship Resource Pack contains a range of readings, prayers, all age and sermon ideas to help churches talk about street children and the Street Child World Cup during Lent.
This Lent let’s make a difference for Street Children all around the world.