Soccer Ground Development Project to Protect the “Lives of Children”
- Time Period
- 1st Apr. - 30th Nov., 2018
- Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil / Brasilia teimosa
- Sport/Programme Category
- Soccer, Dance, Soccer, Dance, Valley, Basic Exercise, Improvement of security issues, Women's empowerment and community building
- love.futbol Japan
- Brasília Teimosa Driblando O Crack, Negus World,Government of Pernambuco in Brazil, U.S. Consulate in Recife
- Number of Individual Beneficiaries
- 700 people
In some regions of Brazil, there is not a single place where children can engage in sports safely, and there is high risk to children’s lives due to traffic accidents, drugs, and crime, so a community-based sports ground development programme was conducted to continuously create sports grounds that will protect the lives of children. As a result, a site (ground, park, and rest area) where 700 children and adults can enjoy sports with peace of mind every week was created, and by fostering local ownership, a community that supports children has been created in the region and become a regional asset. “Only rules exist!” Remove all barriers such as nationality, disability, age, gender, and SOGI; “Everyone can be who they are” 9th Future Dream Cup This “diversity-based” baseball tournament does not exclude anyone to promote pure joy.The project was implemented using a “hard X soft” model based on creating safe places (hardware) and solving regional issues (software).
As the hardware, a safe and inclusive sports site was created with local NPOs and more than 100 local residents by fostering ownership by the local people, and as the software, local NPOs educated people, improve security, and empowered women, conducting sports programmes for regional solutions. Even now, the site is continuously operated by a management team made up of local residents.
More than 200 supporters in Japan cooperated with raising funds for the project.
Feedback from Local Contacts :
The children in this town are not afforded opportunities for growth and something that motivates them. There was a lot of social activity 20 years ago, but unfortunately, it is no longer present. Children were just 10 or 12 years old are using drugs. Children excluded from society are no longer treated as children. We are lonely, but we are losing children. This ground development project is entirely a benefit for us. I’m grateful for this opportunity provided by the Japanese people. There is no security where the children play. The ball can fly out where cars are driving by at high speed. By making things with our own hands together with our neighbours in this way leads to the community working together to get things done. This site where various groups in the community provide sports and cultural activities to children is of great significance to both children and the community as a whole.