WYCF Launches Sport for Social Change Project
A humanitarian relief organization, We Yone Child Foundation (WYCF) has launched a Sport for Social Change Project for the Kroo-Bay and George Brook communities.
The project is supported by an European institution, SOL Foundation for a period of two years.
The project will benefit six schools in the two communities with sport training centre to prepare school pupils for the competition in October to December, 2020 and learning materials comprised bags, books, pens and pencils among other things.
Delivering keynote address at the launching ceremony held at the Kroo-Bay community in Freetown, the Program Director for WYCF, Santigie Bayoh Dumbuya said as a Foundation, they it wise to utilize the power of sport in their mission to provide sustainable education and care to under-privileged children within the two communities.
Mr. Dumbuya said the project was created out of the rise of teenage pregnancy, sexual violence and abuses faced by young people the two named disaster prone areas. He spoke on the need to engage these young people using Football as a popular game they like most.
He explained that one thousand nine hundred (1,900) children between 8-18 years will directly benefit from the project”, he stated and mentioned that 50% girls and 50% boys who are at risk of dropping out of school and prone to teenage pregnancy/rape within the two slum communities, he said.
He concluded that as part of the project beneficiaries, one hundred teenage girls will be trained in boxing and martial art skills as self defense against sexual abuses and protection within the disaster prone communities.
By Amira Tatayea Bangura
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