Declaration of Team India Cobras @ The Street Child Cricket World Cup 2023

Declaration of Team India Cobras

@ The Street Child Cricket World Cup

Chennai, India, 2023

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We demand safety, education, equality and a voice for all!

We are Team India Cobras, young citizens of Mumbai. We represent other young people in our community and want to share our stories. In our experience, we do not enjoy all of our rights we are entitled to due to the following issues:

Give us access to healthcare!
We only have small clinics which do not have enough doctors, and for emergencies the closest hospital is 5km away. There is only one ambulance available 24/7.
The government should open up hospitals which are more accessible.

Let us learn!
The closest school is 4km away. To access our education and get to
school, there are two options: a dangerous walk or unreliable bus.
We want a Government school to be opened in our area.

Give us opportunities!
15% of children stay at home as they have no job. If you go to university you still do not get equal access to private jobs.
There should be no locality discrimination in hiring processes and open more local companies.

Give us equal respect!
Girls are not given equal respect compared to boys. Marriage for girls happens as early as 15 years old and there is an expectation that they then become home makers. What’s more, boys and girls are not allowed to talk freely with each other without judgment from the community.
We need more agents of change in the community who will develop a more open minded culture.

Keep us safe on the streets and roads!
Lots of accidents occur due to encroachment on the roads by street hawkers and garbage cans.
We want the roads to be widened, the number of street lights and footpaths increased, and better policing.

Healthcare is World Care, Boys Care is Girls Care.
We Care, Please All Care!

The International Children’s Peace Prize

Magic Bus was thrilled this year to have two of our participants nominated for the prestigious 2019 International Children’s Peace Prize. The prize, formally won by such notable young campaigners as Malala Yousafzai and March for Our Lives, is awarded by the KidsRights Foundation to the child (or group of children) that has made a significant contribution by advocating for children’s rights and improving the lives of vulnerable children. Magic Bus’ two nominees are Rakiba and Ramya, both of whom are working tirelessly to bring an end to child marriage within their communities.


Magic Bus @ The Rugby World Cup

To celebrate the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, Magic Bus and Société Générale partnered up to send seven kids from our programme to Japan to take part in the Société Générale Rugby Spirit Festival. They gathered in Yokohama with kids from 11 other Société Générale charity partners from around Asia and the Pacific for educational workshops and activities focussing on diversity and integration.


Team South India: Champions!

They did it! Team South India are the 2019 Street Child Cricket World Cup Champions! The first team to win this special competition, Shama, Bhavani, Irfan, Mani and their teammates from Chennai, will be written into the history books for their amazing achievement.

Read on for the full write up of Team South India’s visit to the UK, provided by Magic Bus India’s own Parvati Pujari, and Magic Bus UK supporter Anne Makepeace.


Meet Team South India!

On Saturday the 4th to Tuesday the 7th of May, street-connected children from around the world will compete for the opportunity to be crowned World Champions and give a voice to millions of children and young people living in poverty, at the very first Street Child Cricket World Cup. Amongst the 10 national teams that will be competing in London and Cambridge is Team South India…


Support Magic Bus @ The Street Child 2019 Cricket World Cup

Magic Bus is proud to be taking part in the 2019 Street Child Cricket World Cup (SCCWC). Taking place in London and Cambridge ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup, the SCCWC will see 10 teams of street-connected children from around the world will represent their countries, compete for cricketing glory, and make their voices heard to help improve the lives of street children worldwide.


Magic Bus & Surrey County Cricket Club

Partnering to Support Young People in Kolkata. Magic Bus is delighted to announce a brand new funding partnership with Oval Cricket Relief Trust, Surrey County Cricket Club’s charity. A grant of £45,000 over 3 years will allow us to continue working with 1400 young people living in 4 communities in Kolkata who have been engaged with our programme since 2016.


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