In 2001, we began travelling to impoverished countries in Africa, with the goal of providing health and social services to underserved communities. Our days were spent working in rural hospitals, providing direct medical care and healthcare staff education, while our evenings were spent playing soccer with the local children.
As always, with experience comes wisdom and over the years we began to develop a better understanding of the needs in these communities. Many of which were directly related to the healthcare problems we were treating, such as lack of access to clean water and formal education. It was through these experiences that we developed a strong desire to broaden our scope of assistance.
Additionally, on the soccer field we had begun to put on tournaments for the local schools and were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the communities. Through these experiences we began to realize that soccer was an effective way to not only reach children, but also bring communities together as a whole.
To quench our desire to make a bigger impact in Africa and with the knowledge that most children born into poverty will continue that cycle throughout their lives, we began working with underserved schools and orphanages, providing them with access to clean water, alternative sources of energy, medical aide, school supplies and construction of new buildings, while also using the power of soccer to educate them about life through sport.
One of the most illuminating lessons we have learned from the children we work with in Africa is that it is truly possible to be content in the worst of circumstances if you focus on the positive.
One of the most illuminating lessons we have learned from the children we work with in Africa is that it is truly possible to be content in the worst of circumstances if you focus on the positive. Often, the needs of the children we serve are simple…a loaf of bread to eat, a pencil and paper for school, antibiotics for illness or a shirt without holes. Despite not having those needs met and living a life where disease, political intimidation and abject poverty are a way of life, they don’t complain. It’s their appreciation for life in the face of such adversity that inspires and motivates us to keep helping them in any way we can.
Join us and help lift children out of poverty in Africa. We combine soccer with community outreach projects to promote lasting change in impoverished African communities.