Our five-a-side team takes on the FIFA World Cup

Children celebrate at a football match

Introducing Christian Aid’s World Cup line-up

As 32 teams from around the world compete for glory, we’ve put together our own Christian Aid five-a-side team. 

From Brazil to Egypt, our team is made up of nations where we work to fight injustice, respond to humanitarian emergencies, and campaign for change.

Let’s take a look at the line-up!

Egyptian Womens Group

1. Goalkeeper - Egypt

This is Egypt’s first World Cup finals since 1990 — but don’t underestimate The Pharaohs’ steely defence.

The goalkeeper of our team, our work in Egypt similarly takes a stand from the back line to address resilience, employment and humanitarian needs.

Our programme aims to strengthen the resilience of Egyptians, their communities and institutions so they are better prepared and have a greater ability to respond when faced with threats to their lives, land and livelihoods.

We also aim to empower young men and women to have greater economic opportunities for a more just and secure future. Our Community Integrated Development Programme supports women to form savings groups, which provide small loans for them to start their own small businesses.

Father Alberto Franco, a leading member of our partner organisation the Inter-Church Commission for Justice and Peace Commission (CIJP).

2. Defender - Colombia

While the Colombian team have been praised for their attack, in our team they are the strongest defenders.

Christian Aid in Colombia works to build communities’ resilience by helping them claim their rights, particularly their right to land and territory.

We also help hold the state to account, make the state more responsive to civil society, and actively protect human rights defenders, including local leaders.

Kwame Kwei-Armah visiting Christian Aid trade justice projects

3. Winger - Senegal

With talent to watch out for, this is only Senegal’s second World Cup.

Starting on the wing in our team, Senegal has an important role with a small but targeted programme as part of our humanitarian work across the Sahel region (including Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso).

Our work includes helping some of the poorest farming communities increase their yields.

We also work to improve access to education, including literacy training for women and girls.

At a gender empowerment and development meeting in Nigeria

4. Nigeria - Midfielder

Nigeria has only missed one World Cup since its debut in 1994.

Playing in the midfield, our Nigeria programme is just as consistent.

Working across a wide range of areas, Christian Aid Nigeria aims to empower poor and marginalised people to make informed decisions about their lives and engage meaningfully in their own development.

We work to improve health, increase government accountability and responsiveness, and improve gender equity and human rights.

Raimundo Printes do Canno, elected leader of a quilombola community called Abuí

5. Striker - Brazil

The ever-exciting Brazil has won the World Cup five times and is leading our team from the front as striker.

Christian Aid’s programme in Brazil is passionately fighting to reduce inequality and for access to land and territorial rights.

Our work also aims to foster gender, environmental and tax justice for a more sustainable and equitable country.

Lucy playing football at Las Camelias, Colombia

A great team is nothing without its supporters

To everyone who has volunteered or donated so far this year, a big ‘thank you’ from all of us at Christian Aid.

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