170 street children from thirteen countries participated in the games. Launched in 2019 at the Lord’s in London ahead of the then World Cup Cricket, the aim is to highlight issues faced by street children around the world and get the world listen to them, taking advantage of the hype the world cup cricket generates.
On what changes she expects in her country for street children, Amisha, from Burundi said “I’d like to see access to education, access to identity and good food. Also we need to be listened to”.
Radhika from Sri Lanka’s Central province shared about the plight of poor children on the mountains. She said “These poor children particularly from minority communities walk through unsafe tea estates as there are no roads or bus service . They and their parents have no identity including birth certificates. Even I didn’t have any such and it was so difficult to get one to come here. Every child should be given an identity”.
Organised by Street Children United, John Wroe, the CEO said “We aim to obtain birth certificates for at least a million children and send a thousand youngsters to universities”. The sporting event held at the Amir Mahal Ground also was an opportunity for many to share experiences and make new friends.
There were a few children from developed countries or privileged background as well. Naomi from the United Kingdom said “I’d be the voice of the global street children once I return to my country”.