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Street Child is a UK charity, established in 2008, that aims to create educational opportunity for some of the most vulnerable children in West Africa.

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Team Liberia experience Brazilian culture in Rio Favela

Martin Forsyth

The Street Child World Cup is so much more than just a game; it is a life changing experience. This was especially true for Team Liberia today, as they went to visit a local favela called Vidigal. 

This experience gave our nine boys from Monrovia the chance to reflect upon their own lives and how similar they are to street children in Brazil. They all agreed on how difficult it is to be a child dependent on the streets, and established that no one should ever have to live there and be treated as a second-class citizen.

In Vidigal, Team Liberia and the other street child teams were welcomed with music, kites and the impressive Brazilian dance Capoeira – which they were all too keen to learn! 

One of our Liberian players Zwannah Sonnie was quick to try the Capoeira and add his own twist to the famous moves.

“I love to dance, I love football most, but I really like to dance also. 

“Capoeira makes people happy, which as a street child is important to keep you motivated in life. It is hard living on the streets, people do not respect you, but when you dance it is easier to impress people and make friends.”