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Issue 1358 - This is Joy

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This is joy! The life-changing power of the Street Child Cricket World Cup

In this week’s Big Issue, read the remarkable story, told in their own words, of what it means to be involved in the Street Child Cricket World Cup.

This year’s tournament was held at Lord’s cricket ground in London, and we were there to catch all the action.

“Everybody loves cricket in Bangladesh,” said 16-year-old Sopna Akter. “Until a few years ago it was hard for girls to play but now that is changing. Girls always had to be inside but things are different now. I am here because a worker from LEEDO found me on the streets in Dhaka and brought me to the shelter. My parents were very poor and my father had a heart problem so he couldn’t work.”

Also inside the magazine:
For Mental Health Awareness Week, author and social media guru Beth McColl talks us through how to stay happy online
This week’s Letter To My Younger Self is with screenwriter extraordinaire Russell T Davies
We go behind the scenes of the planning of this year’s ‘Live Aid for homelessness’

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