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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 celebrate the end of the Street Child World Cup

Martin Forsyth

Yesterday at Fluminense stadium, Team Liberia joined players from all over the world, including the USA, Pakistan and Indonesia, to celebrate what has been an amazing experience at the Street Child World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Team Liberia did incredibly well in the tournament, reaching the quarterfinals where they lost against Burundi. After the final games, with the overall winners of the Cup being Tanzania (boys) and Brazil (girls), all of the players received medal and special awards to recognise their contribution to the whole event. Team Liberia were praised for their positive spirit and Coach Sam Burnette was hailed as Coach of the tournament.

The tournament was a vehicle to gain the worlds attention and make the hundreds of street children taking part realize that they are important and that they do have a voice. At the closing ceremony, every team dressed in their cultural outfits and performed different forms of entertainment including singing and dancing.

Throughout this trip, everyone involved has made Liberia and Street Child of Liberia extremely proud and we are sure that upon their return to West Africa people will see them not as street children, but as champions.