England start their World Cup campaign against the USA in Rustenburg, South Africa on Saturday. The location may just be a good omen, as Rustenburg is the site of an amazing act of kindness by FIFA, the FA and many famous footballers, including Wayne Rooney, four years ago. In the 2006 FIFA World Cup, SOS Children was the official FIFA charity partner and with help from Spurs (Tottenham Hotspurs FC) and the English FA, SOS Children have built an amazing community in Rustenburg giving a family for life to orphans left alone through AIDS or poverty.
The England team has five Spurs players in its ranks: Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch, Aaron Lennon, Ledley King and late arrival Michael Dawson. England stars Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch each sponsor a child through SOS Children in Rustenburg, as do most of the Spurs first team. SOS Children has been the Club's global charity partner since 2007. Spurs paid for the construction of a house for SOS children in Rustenburg, by the unique way of generating funds through players fines’.
In 2006, SOS Children was the official charity of the World Cup, and ran its “6 Villages For 2006” campaign. The SOS Children’s Village at Rustenburg was funded as part of the joint SOS Children and FIFA 2006 World Cup initiative. The SOS Children's Village Rustenburg is situated in a suburb called Tlhabane West, a particularly needy area of Rustenburg, which forms part of the North West province. It has a high number of orphaned and vulnerable children. AIDS is still a major issue. The village comprises ten houses constructed within the existing community. The community-integrated homes offer the children a sense of being part of a wider community and provide a conductive environment for mixing and playing with local children.