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Using Soccer to Rehabilitate Former Child Soldiers & Sex Slaves

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Posted by Coaches Across Continents on 06/18/13

For the past three years (2010-2012), Coaches Across Continents (CAC) has worked in Pader in northern Uganda with Friends of Orphans (FRO), a rehabilitation center for former child soldiers, sex slaves and other individuals affected by the war instigated by Kony’s Lord Resistance Army. Pader, a former refugee camp ravaged by decades of brutal and bloody violence, is slowly recovering despite the extreme poverty and the limited resources.

CAC has run sessions for the FRO students with the aim to, first, provide a fun environment that generates laughter and where football can be used as a psychosocial tool to help in the rehabilitation process; and second, to train interested students in coaching football for social impact, giving them the tools to become positive leaders in their communities as a way towards reintegration.

Photo by Coaches Across Continents

Photo by Coaches Across Continents

CAC has run sessions for the FRO students with the aim to, first, provide a fun environment that generates laughter and where football can be used as a psychosocial tool to help in the rehabilitation process; and second, to train interested students in coaching football for social impact, giving them the tools to become positive leaders in their communities as a way towards reintegration.

Photo by: Coaches Across Continents

One World Futbol Project’s (OWFP) nearly unbreakable balls have been invaluable to CAC’s programs in Pader as normal balls quickly disintegrate on the rough dirt fields, and the only other balls are those made of plastic bags held together by string. The couple of One World Futbols constituted the entirety of CAC’s equipment for Pader, apart from old water bottles that were used and genuinely referred to by the CAC on-site staff as ‘cones’.

The One World Futbols were a big hit at the primary school where CAC and the FRO students ran sessions in the afternoons for eager boys and girls. The children were fascinated by the “magical ball” that would pump itself up—a coach even had them believe that the ball only pumped back up at his command. The children and the FRO students benefited greatly from the balls: the children by having the very rare opportunity to kick a football around and the FRO students by being able to practice their coaching skills and their delivery of the games and the messages associated with them.

But CAC’s partnership with OWFP does not stop there. Twenty One World Futbols were delivered to FRO in the third and last year of its partnership with CAC, ensuring that they could continue the sessions at FRO and at the primary schools. Not only do these balls help CAC deliver quality training by providing better equipment, they also contribute to the resources offered to the partner programs to assist them in using football for social impact all year long and for many years to come.

One World Futbol Project and Coaches Across Continents’ programs truly complement each other. Coaches Across Continents (CAC) provides training in football (soccer) for social impact for local coaches and educators around the world. Our work with OWFP ensures that One World Futbols get to our partner sites, where they are valuable tools in our efforts to create locally owned and sustainable programs. One World Futbols help CAC in its mission to deliver the highest quality training in football for social impact and ensure that partner programs have the tools to be sustainable. Likewise, by working in different communities worldwide where One World Futbols are distributed, CAC increases the social impact the balls have and the number of children that benefit from them.

Photo by Coaches Across Continents

Photo by Coaches Across Continents