Team Argentina is back in Rio for the Street Child Games. In Argentina, there are more than 14,500 children without parental care. The majority of these children live in the suburbs and city of Buenos Aires. One in every four children in the Buenos Aires suburbs has unfulfilled basic needs, a damaged childhood, substandard living arrangements and violated human rights.
One and a half million children and teenagers aged between 5 and 17 are engaged in economic or domestic activities in order to help their family to survive, which means they are forced to leave their education.
In 2014 team Argentina participated in the Street Child World Cup, and on their return home the team shared their experiences with Minister of Labour and Security, Carlos Tomada at an official reception. A major TV station covered their trip to Rio, leading to offers of assistance and a donation of materials to update their facilities.
#TeamArgentina is made up of Martin, Jose and Eduardo.
La Casita is promoting the rights of children and teenagers without parental care, campaigning for their stories, for their aspirations and for the recognition of their right to a childhood.
La Casita was established in the 1980s as an open-door home in order to overcome the institutionalisation of children, where children and teenagers were historically shut away, depersonalised and excluded from family, social and cultural life.
The challenge is still creating child-friendly spaces which advocate the right to family, school, social, sport and cultural life, in the heart of supportive communities, where the child or teenager decides how long his or her stay there will be and is able to take control of their own lives.