The process of rebuilding communities shattered by war is long and continues long after the conflict seems to have ended. Clearing mines, unexploded bombs and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDS) planted deliberately to target civilians is expensive, dangerous and time-consuming.
Young people in communities affected by conflict, which are often characterized by high unemployment and lack of social support, are also at risk from recruitment by criminal and extremist groups.
Sport can be a powerful tool in helping communities heal and rebuild. The simple act of play can help people feel they are regaining a sense of normalcy. We combine this with structured educational programming designed to give youth a positive outlet.
In some communities, where the need is greatest, we work with local communities and mine action agencies to build simple soccer fields where children can play safely and that can become a hub for education.
We also create and run soccer leagues targeting youth classified as at-risk from recruitment by extremist groups, focusing on multi-ethnic participation to build social fabric and cohesion.