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Onagawa Soccer Bus

Cobaltore Onagawa

Onagawa, Miyagi, Japan

Just like the its home town of Onagawa itself, Cobaltore Onagawa - a community based soccer club in Onagawa, Miyagi - lost everything by tsunami on 3/11. They club considered of shutting itself down, but by strong request from the community, they decided to go on, and spent entire 2011 working for rebuilding of the town. Next year in 2012, they are going to resume their soccer club activities and will take part in Tohoku Football League South (5th division from the top pro-league) and along with that, they are resuming their hugely popular activity of teaching soccer for local kids. They are receiving requests to cover kids in their neighboring region of Oshika, whose soccer club just disappeared after tsunami. So they want to purchase a large van in order to pick up/drive back those kids (including many of their original members in their home town, as some kids lost their home and come from distant temporary house). They have raised some money for that, but still need about $23k, for which we would like to apply for this program. Onagawa Soccer Bus is a project that seeks to connect Cobaltore Onagawa and the kids in the region once again.

Recreation & Physical Education Center for Girls’ Development

Future for Afghanistan Children Organization (FACO)

Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh province, Afghanistan

Recreation & Physical Education Center for Girls’ Development project will improve the mental and physical health of girls ages 13-20, improve their self-confidence and help them become successful, independent women in the future. This project consists of two parts sport: Basketball, volleyball and also light exercise and health training meetings for girls aged 13 up to 20. Project focuses on physical activity to be held in a recreational facility and will be implemented in a poor and densely populated part of Mazar Sharif. Another part that project will focuses is on health training. For the physical education training, volleyball and basketball will be practiced. Each course will be three months long with twenty four sessions. In each course (volleyball and basketball), four teams will be trained. Light exercise is optional for other participators five days a week. At the end of each course, sixty (60) people will graduate in physical education and after two terms (six month), one hundred twenty (120) girls will be able to learn volleyball and basketball skills. For the health training that include nutrition, hygienic tips for women and humanitarians issues towards peace building, two sessions will be held and up to twenty (60) girls will be recruited for each session. Training meetings provides an opportunity for girls to become further educated and learn more about nutrition which how they have food planning. When the girls know good nutrition they will be able to manage kitchen in poverty family. Hygienic tips for girls aged 13 to 20 helps to be well and go towards well being. Through humanitarians training for peace building, they will learn how to respect and esteem to others, will rely and reflect their ideas and problems. Peace building is a necessary program in Afghanistan especially after the fall of the Taliban. In this project, girls will be learning a variety of important skills vital to their mental health and physical wellbeing. At the end of this project, two hundred (200) girls will have gained important skills and confidence to live more successful lives. Total project budget for this project is $40,000. Child Foundation (our sister foundation based in the United States) had committed $15,000. Therefore we are seeking another $25,000 to finish this project.

Generating Girls em"POWER”ment

Generation Girls Foundation / Dageno Girls Center

Karatu District, Arusha, Tanzania

Help her realize her power within and watch her go! Give her wheels and the opportunity to create her own future and see what happens! What will be left in her dust? The burden of fetching firewood and water from perilous distances, the confinement of early marriage, the vulnerable isolation of single motherhood, the constraint of illiteracy, the exploitation of her gender. Girls have the natural renewable energy to leave these obstacles behind, catalyzing a ripple effect on society. Give them the chance and they will race! Game on! This project is a "game changer" of physical, social and economic empowerment for girls, pedaling onto a new trajectory beginning the first day of school at the Dageno Girls Center in Hareabi, Tanzania. This rural community is without access to electricity. But through an innovative universal adapter developed by MIT students at Global Cycle Solutions (www.globalcyclesolutions.com), bicycle pedal power can generate electricity to operate machinery. Envision a recreation program that em”POWERS” girls using bicycles to foster physical fitness and mobility, as well as entrepreneurship and economic mobility. By leveraging GCS products, villagers can visit the school sports center to pay an affordable fee to charge their cell phones, shell maize, or grind maize into flour. Each girl in the recreation program sets her individual goals and rides the campus bike trails or spins indoors during the rainy season to improve her fitness while generating electricity to meet the villagers’ needs. The fees will be deposited into a student savings program, equipping each athlete with the economic independence to spin a future of choices and opportunities after graduation. She discovers not only the recreational power but also the economic power of using a bicycle to solve a community resource problem. This grant would enable the purchase of bicycles, construction of a cycling center and integrated campus bike trails, maize sheller kits, phone charger kits, universal adapters and power storage units, sustainable energy and health & fitness education, and equipment maintenance from GCS.

Indira Road Krira Chakra ( IRKC) sports center

Indira Road Krira Chakra

farmget, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh, a country which is widely recognized for being vulnerable to climate change also has a number of major challenges that includes serious overpopulation, poverty, economic competition relative to the world etc. In such a situation where mass people are struggling to maintain their standard of living, sports or recreational facility is a secondary issue. Also, because of rapid urbanization, Dhaka city is transforming into a jungle of concrete. Land has become so valuable that every inch of open space is being swallowed by the real estate developers to build high-rises. Little thought is given to the mental and physical development of children who are growing up in tiny rooms, playing computer games and watching TV. Amongst all these crisis, one such oasis and refuge for many young people is a small club called the Indira Road Krira Chakra (IRKC). The term "Krira Chakra" loosely translates to "Athletic Circle". Located at the heart of the city and opposite to the National Assembly Building, this club has been nurturing young, prospective players for years. The club organizes local sporting events, gives opportunity to children to attend cricket practices. They also train underprivileged children's on different sports but most importantly, it is probably the only sporting club that hosts cricket camp exclusively for girls. Also this play field has become an urban breathing space for the local people of all ages and background. At present a shabby, one-storied structure exists at one end of the field that houses fourteen players and one trainer. The rooms including the toilet and kitchen facilities are dark, gloomy and in very poor condition. Thus this submission proposes to lift the club from its humble and partly derelict condition to a fully operational athletic center, using the grant to upgrade the sandy pitch to a decent playing field open to the public, build a small indoor recreational center, living quarters for the club's professional cricket team, and training facilities. Total built area will be apprx.4000sqft consisting of separate dressing area for boys & girls, kitchen, dining, administrative room, store, indoor games/meeting room, gymnasium, dorm for 14 players & two trainers, store etc.

Active Architecture – Healthful Engagement

HabLab

Lame Deer , Montana, United States

With a GAMECHANGERS grant, we will develop the foundation for sustainable, healthful, and community driven development within the Northern Cheyenne Reservation community in Southeastern Montana. Our team is a collaboration between the organization HabLab and the design studio led by Nathaniel Corum at UIC (Barcelona). This collaboration will directly support the Northern Cheyenne Basketball Camp (NCBC) – a sports-for-change program established in 2011 through HabLab. Last August, a small group of volunteers and coaches initiated the first ever sports camp on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation to teach basketball to underprivileged reservation youth. Despite being in its first-year and with extremely modest out-of-pocket funding, the camp attracted 90 children for 3 full days of exercise and nutrition education. Exercise and nutrition are critical issues within the Native community - both diabetes and obesity rates hover well above national averages. The interest and enthusiasm in this inaugural camp demonstrates great potential for impact within the Northern Cheyenne community - an effort that would benefit greatly from a team dedicated to establishing a more permanent presence therein. Collaboration between HabLab and UIC will support the NCBC’s sports-for-change initiative through research driven design aimed at expanding community exposure and involvement in sports and nutrition. Our proposal consists of two parts. In part I (initiated in February), the project team will conduct an onsite needs assessment to identify potential projects within the Northern Cheyenne community. Project proposals will requisitely support expanded community involvement toward the health goals of the camp and will be feasible using grant funds. Projects will be developed and documented throughout the remaining semester at UIC and selected for implementation onsite during part II (June/July) as a precursor to the 2012 Northern Cheyenne Basketball Camp. Specifically, a GAMECHANGERS grant would support the following: • Northern Cheyenne Reservation needs assessment (includes: resource analysis, sustainable strategy report, site analysis) and project concept design and documentation • Presentation materials, space rental, and resources to assist meetings/charrettes with the Northern Cheyenne Community • Funding for construction/implementation of one or more UIC project proposals In addition, the grant would cover travel, room and board costs for the following members of Hablab for up to three visits for onsite work and meetings with UIC members and the Cheyenne Community:

Musanze Community Playground Project

Playground Ideas

Musanze, Rwanda

Playground Ideas (formerly Go Play!) trains individuals and organizations to build low-cost sustainable playgrounds throughout the developing world. To date, we have built or assisted with over 80 playgrounds around the world with another 30 in process. We propose, through a partnership with a Eos Visions, an organization located in Rwanda(see description below), to conduct a week-long playground training program in rural Rwanda. The participants will be teachers, community leaders and parents from 4 communities from the nearby region, all identified by the Musanze Minister of Education as reliable partners. The playground building workshop will focus on how to work with a community to design and build a local playground, safety issues, and basic techniques on how to work with recycled materials. There will be additional hands-on training during the construction of a full playground during the training week. After this training, each participant will be expected to return to their local community to build at least two playgrounds at schools or youth centers. The $25,000 will be used to cover the costs of a five day training workshop for 10-12 participants as well as the costs for nine playgrounds (costs for each playground will cover skilled labor, materials, maintenance costs and transportation costs). Each community will be responsible for all unskilled labor, the collection of tires (the principle building material) and the maintenance of the playground over time. Eos Vision will be providing a project coordinator to oversee the progress of all the progress builds as well as providing technical support. About Eos Visions: Eos Visions is a registered Rwandan company. Since 2003, Eos Visions have pioneered experiential educational programs across East Africa, focusing on such subject areas as healthcare, law & governance, business, gender & children, and the environment.

Aceh Community Playground Project

Playground Ideas

Banda Aceh, Aceh, Indonesia

Playground Ideas (formerly Go Play!) trains individuals and organizations to build low-cost sustainable playgrounds throughout the developing world. To date, we have built or assisted with over 80 playgrounds around the world with another 30 in process. We propose, through a partnership with Social Welfare Office of Aceh Province (SWSC), Indonesia, a local organization, to conduct a week-long playground training program in Aceh. The participants of this workshop will be representatives from local NGOS throughout the island of Aceh, all identified by SWSC as reliable partners. The playground building workshop will focus on how to work with a community to design and build a local playground, safety issues, and basic techniques on how to work with recycled materials. There will be additional hands-on training during the construction of a full playground during the training week. After this training, each participant will be expected to return to their local community to build at least two playgrounds. The $25,000 will be used to cover the costs of a five day training workshop for 10-12 participants as well as the costs for eleven playgrounds (costs for each playground will cover skilled labor, materials, maintenance costs and transportation costs). Each community will be responsible for all unskilled labor, the collection of tires (the principle building material) and the maintenance of the playground over time. SWSC will be providing a project coordinator to oversee the progress of all the progress builds as well as providing technical support.

Lima Community Playground Project

Playground Ideas

Lima, Peru

Playground Ideas (formerly Go Play!) trains individuals and organizations to build low-cost sustainable playgrounds throughout the developing world. To date, we have built or assisted with over 80 playgrounds around the world with another 30 in process. We propose, through a partnership with Todos Juntos, an organization located in Lima, to conduct a week-long playground training program in Lima. The participants will be teachers, community leaders and parents from five communities from the nearby region, all identified by the Todos Juntos, as reliable partners. The playground building workshop will focus on how to work with a community to design and build a local playground, safety issues, and basic techniques on how to work with recycled materials. There will be additional hands-on training during the construction of a full playground during the training week. After this training, each participant will be expected to return to their local community to build at least two playgrounds. The $25,000 will be used to cover the costs of a five day training workshop for 10-12 participants as well as the costs for eleven playgrounds (costs for each playground will cover skilled labor, materials, maintenance costs and transportation costs). Each community will be responsible for all unskilled labor, the collection of tires (the principle building material) and the maintenance of the playground over time. Todos Juntos will be providing a project coordinator to oversee the progress of all the progress builds as well as providing technical support.

Kenya's 1st Running Store, Kenya's Running Hub, & headquarters for Kenya's running brand!

Kourage Athletics: Kenya's Running Apparel Brand

Nairobi, Kenya

We, Kourage Athletics, are creating: kenya's 1st running store, the hub for Kenyan running, a tourist destination, and the headquarters for Kourage Athletics. This location targets three beneficiary groups: casual Kenyan runners, young kenyan runners who seek to become world champions, and Kenyan workers. The space benefits these communities by selling running-kits at various price points ($10-100+). Low priced kits will be sold to kenyans who lack access to professional level running kits. While middle-income and wealthy kenyans can purchase professional kits that at a higher price point. All garments will be 100% kenyan. The space will function as a: a meeting place for training runs, a clearing house for Kenyan running resources, and a place to conduct running meetings. Creating synergy and industry around kenyan running. A place where if one is interested in Kenyan running this space will serve as a one-stop shop. This space will be a destination for tourists who will: learn about Kenyan running accomplishments and the kenyan running industry’s impact on the Kenyan economy, and be able to purchase authentically kenyan running apparel, stimulating the industry. Kenyan workers benefit because: all garments sold within the store are designed and manufactured in an ethical environment in Kenya. The store and Kourage Athletics headquarters will generate professional high skilled jobs. The location will serve as the headquarters for Kourage Athletics: Kenya’s running brand. Kourage employs will: design garments, build prototypes, conduct global customer service, engage in social media, create custom screenprinting, and take photography for Kourage Athletics. The space will be sustainable through sales of Kourage Athletics garments both domestically and globally. Through this grant Nairobi will become the silicon valley of running! Not just to sell products to the Kenyans but citizens throughout the world! This is economic development that will ensure money flows into Kenya, and is not just recirculated within the country. This point is unparalleled as compared to any other entrant!

Una cancha muchas canchas

Buró de Intervenciones Públicas (BIP)

Guatemala City, Guatemala, Guatemala

Guatemala City is the largest city of Guatemala. It's the largest city in Central America, and is home to more than 2.5 million people. Guatemala City's population has grown drastically since the 1970s with the influx of indigenous migrants from the outlying departments and foreigners. Because of its rapid growth, it experienced extreme growing pains such as transportation saturation, availability of potable water, and an increase in crime. Although it’s infrastructure continues to grow, it lags behind in relation to the population explosion, resulting in a tough urban environment lacking adequate areas of leisure and recreation. Although soccer is our most popular sport, there is little governmental investment in new facilities that cope with the population demands. As a result, street-ball has become immensely popular with city dwellers. In 2000, Guatemala City hosted the FIFA Futsal World Championship and in 2008 the CONCACAF Futsal Championship. Futsala (as indoor is known in Spanish) is the most played sport in the city. The Buró de Intervenciones Públicas (BIP) wants to generate a network of urban futsal fields within the city. Our innovative proposal will create 12 urban pitches on city streets. Each field will be placed in low-traffic inner city streets, and will incorporate meaningful light sources and traffic-calming-mechanisms, generating adequate urban conditions for citizen appropriation. Similar to mix-used street proposals, the project aims to protect our streets from traffic, create better living conditions, promote soccer, and promote health. Through the activation of spaces, we hope to add joy to our harsh urban environment by encouraging citizen interaction. Thus, we’d not only be promoting the best sport on Earth, but we’d also be improving the living conditions of hundreds, if not thousands, of inhabitants. We have already acquired city permissions and permits, professional design collaborations, and most importantly citizen interest.

Kick4Life Social Enterprise Center

Kick4Life

Maseru, Maseru, Lesotho

In September 2011 the Lesotho Football for Hope Center officially opened. Run by Kick4Life, the center was designed by Architecture for Humanity, and features a 200m2 building with HIV testing and counseling rooms, office space and a 5-a-side astro turf pitch. The center provides underprivileged youth with access to counseling, health and educational services, and a safe place to play sport. A Social Enterprise block is now being constructed comprising of catering, conference and accommodation facilities. This will enable Kick4Life to grow its services for vulnerable youth and expand its range of income generating activities. Kic44Life’s cutting edge Social Enterprise approach empowers participants to deliver services that have social benefit, with profits pumped back into program delivery, reaching more youth and promoting the organization’s financial and environmental sustainability. The $25,000 grant will enable us to complete construction of the ground floor of the Social Enterprise block. This will enable K4L to run residential courses for street children and youth from remote areas, such as Fit4Work which helps to develop the skills needed to gain employment and succeed in the workplace. It will also enable further income generation through renting the facility to local businesses and organizations for events and conferences, and hosting international sports tour groups that fundraise for Kick4Life. A new catering facility and Internet Café will provide catering for events and will enable local people to access information about services and opportunities. The facility will use produce from the vegetable garden and orchard, and water from the water harvesting system. The development will directly benefit the surrounding community becoming a hub of enterprise, creating economic vibrancy, new business opportunities and jobs for local people. It will also have a wider impact, advancing the center as a hub of learning and expertise in the Sport for Development sector.

Shoot to Score Not to Kill " HODI Peace Center"

Horn of Africa Development Initiative (HODI)

Marsabit , Kenya

Each child has a right to have a childhood and play like all other children but in instances of war, clashes and drought these rights are taken away and the price children have to pay is to be confined to a life of hatred for other tribes and hatred for different people. As HODI, we have volunteers who coach the children in football skills, peace building and leadership as they share experiences on how to live in a diverse community. HODI is reaching over 4,500 children through the Shoot to Score Not to Kill Initiative. To make sure everyone child has that right to play, that every girl has a right to say no to forced marriage and that the voiceless have a voice, there is need for a HODI Peace Center. HODI offices are located close to a communal land used for livestock market and we use the ground for training and tournaments. It is not easy especially when we have too many livestock in the field and other events are going on, in most instances we are forced to seek alternative school fields limiting frequency of our trainings. HODI boosts of the first ever soccer girls team and with the Peace Center the girls will have a safe space to train and be away from the open field where they are kidnapped for marriages & a home to those rescued from forced child marriages. The total project cost is estimated at $37,800 and out of which the grant of $25,000 will be used to construct the training/conference facility for football and peace building training which doubles up as a gym and the office block for HODI Staff and volunteers ($22,750)and laying out of soccer field for practical training and tournaments ($1,200)and professional design development at subsidised fees ($1,050). Far beyond being just a sports training ground, we envision the HODI Peace Center as a neutral safe space where Football replaces the gun, battle field is replaced by Peace Field, while Peace Ambassadors replace fierce warriors. The HODI Peace Center has been designed to incoporate the local culture and diversity of the fighting communities. HODI has acquired the identified parcel of land after winning two awards. Hope through education award and Stuttgart peace award. The following links will give a highlight HODI shoot to score initiative. Kindly copy and paste to view. http://vimeo.com/25993855 http://www.telegraph21.com/video/soldiers-of-peace

In The Zone

University of San Francisco MoPA Graduate Students & YMCA Bayview-Hunters Point

San Francisco, California, United States

"In The Zone" is a project that seeks to revitalize academic classroom spaces at the Bayview-Hunters Point YMCA in order to enhance their after-school mentoring, tutoring and educational "Student Athlete Academy." Our belief is that the student athlete needs to be as excited and "In The Zone" off the court as they are on it, especially when it comes to homework and other educational activities. The opportunity to play sports has greatly impacted the lives of many Bayview-Hunters Point youth already, but through a sports/academic program these youth will have robust tools to move forward with their lives. Funding for the "In The Zone" classroom revitalization will be earmarked to incorporate elements, materials and aesthetic qualities that are more conducive to learning than that of the current classroom space. Education research has revealed that the impact of spatial design on children’s learning is significant, therefore redesigning spaces using this research is imperative to give the student athlete at the YMCA much needed tools for success. THE PLAYERS AND PARTNERS In The Zone is a partnership between University of San Francisco graduate students in the Master of Public Affairs program and the Sports and Recreation Department at the YMCA of Bayview-Hunters Point. In The Zone also includes important public and private sector partners and supporters within and outside the San Francisco Bay Area including: members of the Architecture for Humanity San Francisco Chapter, Kevin Carroll "Katalyst", and the San Francisco Giants. Our intention is to create a replicable, scalable "In The Zone" classroom model that is a compliment to existing sport for social change organizations and programs.

ARTEFACTING NYC: BATTLE OF THE POINTS

Artefacting

New York City, New York, United States

Willets Point; New York City's used car parts economy and working community. Workers from all over the world battle with its pot-holed roads and derelict condition to service cars and make a living for their families. With a diverse hispanic community there is football passion in the air, as exhibited through social organization Artefacting's pilot football tournament that pitted 24 teams of garage shops up against another. The venue, a dumping lot transformed into "El Estadio". In the aftermath, locals have further improved the stadium and are pleading for more activity! So we want to take it the next level through design, art, & cultural festival. We also want to do this in another abandoned property in NYC's other hard-working industrial community, Hunt's Point. In the end, Hunt's Point vs. Willets Point in the Championship-two legged home and away. This is not only a celebration and fortification of community, but educational in understanding the importance of industrial economy. this will be a multi-weekend affair. The $25K grant will go towards stadium assembly, tournament organization, promotion, art/festival organization, awards, food, and work compensation.

A micro sport facility for marginalised youths in Murera Village of Ruiru District in Kenya

Murera Community Empowerment & Support Organization (MCESO)

Nairobi, Central, Kenya

The aim of this project is to provide a modern facility for nurturing sports talents in Murera village of Ruiru district while at the same time offering opportunities for marginalized out school youths to gain the benefits of participating in organized sports. A modern micro sport centre will be constructed in the village with a volley ball pitch, a bad minton hall, fitness hall facility that would allow our youth to be mentally active.The centre will allow youth to be physically active, taking part in various sports and physical activities. Secondly, the centre will have a Lectures hall where topics on; communication skills, nutrition, fitness, wellness, healthy habits, leadership, self-belief, confidence, team work, motivation talks, goal setting, creative problem solving, social entrepreneurship, HIV AIDS prevention education and goal setting skills will be discussed. The centre will also have an ICT centre where these youths will receive training on IT and other computer training skills free of charge since many of these youths can not afford fees for receiving computer training skills.ICT will not only help these youths gain employment but will also increase their awareness of issues, problems and crises in other parts of the world. By surfing on the internet, they will have better access to different information in sports health care, local e-commerce and will improve professionally and academically without traveling out of their locality. We envision a sustainable design that utilizes solar power, recycles rain water, and encourages green living. The centre will create a socializing, interaction and an income generating facility centre from the local communities through offering e-services to enhance sustainability of its activities. The requested grant will be used as follows; $ 12,700 for construction materials, $1,400 for furniture, $ 5,800 for sport facilities $, 650 for stationery, $ 1650 for internet connection,$1,250 for solar panels,1,250 for water harvesting equipments and $ 300 for administration.

AKHAND JYOTI FOOTBALL ACADEMY (AJFA)

Yugrishi Shriram Sharma Acharya Charitable Trust

Village-Mastichak P.S.-Dariyapur District-Saran, Bihar, India

The girl child in the eastern state of India, Bihar faces gender based inequality, social discrimination and economic exploitation. 75% of girls in rural Bihar are married before the age of 18, most of them at 15 also. Half of the above get pregnant before the age of 18 while 70% of them are anaemic. More than 2/3 of them remain illiterate. Rampant poverty and poor quality of education compound the problem. The problem is disparate across the country as only half of the population are reaping the benefits of economic growth of India while states like Bihar are lagging way behind and are an anti climax to the economic boom. The girl child is one of the most marginalized sections in such a situation.This background denies access to girls to follow their sporting passion. All across the state football is a hidden passion for girls as they watch men play the game. AJFA wants to promote football amongst girls at the grassroot level, give wings to these budding girl footballers and use the sport as a medium of expression and opportunity in a male dominated society. The AJFA has the hostel facility for but is pulled back by the lack of a proper football pitch and basic but dedicated training facilities. Already several girls from AJFA have made it to the sub junior and junior national levels, with proper infrastructure we aim to put more girls on the national scene. Football will become a platform for ensuring a career and livelihood of these girls. We will use the grant in developing a proper football pitch along with dedicated training facilities and ensure that this place acts as a breeding ground for budding girl footballers. More than 150 girls are already on rolls (the cost of education is also sponsored by AJFA), and AJFA wants to establish a full fledged football training academy for young girls in Bihar.

Projeto Vela Social (Social Sailing)

Clube Nautico Belem Novo (New Belem Nautic Club)

Belem Novo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

The Clube Nautico Belem Novo (New Belem Nautic Club) aims to integrate the local community of Belem Novo with the environmental surroundings of the Guaiba Lake. This lake has been polluted for many decades, but has been cleaned with support of the IDB and is now considered clean for recreational purposes. The local population does not have the culture of using this resource, and sailing and other watersports are considered upperclass activities and beyond the reach of the local community. Through the specific project Vela Social (Social Sailing) the Nautic Club aims specifically at young kids from poor families, who learn to sail, appreciate the environment, recognize local flora and fauna, and generally be involved in a high performance sport: sailing in the "Open Bic" and "Laser" classes. These high performance boats are not normally available for people of such humble means. In this way they get higher self-esteem, learn to sail for pleasure of competition (competing on an even basis against kids from richer yachting-clubs), spend time off the street (school-classes in Brazil are only half-days), while being involved in social activities and receiving nutricious meals and snacks. Each year, approx. 150 kids pass through the project, receiving all its benefits. Through the general objective of the Club (involving the general population of Belem Novo in nautic sports) and the specific goals of the Vela Social project, we aim to contribute significantly to the social cohesion of our local community. Our kids have hosted the O'pen Bic class tournament, and visited other Clubs where they have competed also in the Laser class. We will use the $25k grant to construct a better class-room and dressing room facilities, through previously approved construction plans.

"Slumdog Basketball": Aiding in the psycho- rehabilitation of slum dwelling youth in Mumbai thru sports!

jdBASKETBALL INDIA

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Slums are the reality of the Mumbai landscape. 18 million people (40% of Mumbai’s population) live in 3.5% of the area. Little to no recreation exists for the 1 million+ people (Wiki) residing in the slums of Dhavari. In addition, no internet access exists here. Ramon Magsaysay Awaad (Asia's eqivalent of Nobel prize) winner, Jockin Arputham and JD Walsh (JDBASKETBALL) are partnering in Slumdog basketball project to service slum needs and to provide recreation for youth living in the Dharavi slums (Asia’s largest). Land has been earmarked to build four full-court basketball courts and a space for computer training. 'Slumdog Basketball' will provide daily coaching and computer learning instruction for community youth to fill two voids, recreation and education. As of now, neither a recreation space nor computer education space exist for the five thousand youth we expect to service each year. This program will create dynamic social change and life long learning by arranging daily sports and life training for at-risk slum dwelling children. 'Slumdog Basketball' will raise awareness and global attention to the lack of sports recreation and education in this community; which we believe will aid in evolution of local sport culture and promote healthy lifestyles. We expect the computer training courses to educate and provide job skills. To create social change and sustainability Slumdog Basketball' program will be the foundation and template for an ongoing trust to continue the good works for generations to come. We are in discussion with major corporate entity and expect to co-partner.

Nyasanda Peace Sports Academy (NPSA) – promoting socio-economic development through sports activities.

Ugunja Community Resource Centre (UCRC)

Ugunja, Nyanza, Kenya

Nyasanda Peace Sports Academy project was incepted by Ugunja Community Resource Centre in 2005 to help promote community’s involvement in and implementation of socio-economic initiatives through the medium of sports with the main focus on children and youth due to their vulnerability to exploitation and exposure to antisocial activities leading to HIV/Aids, drugs and substances abuse, unsafe teenage sex, unwanted pregnancies, violence, gang activities and juvenile delinquency. The strategies of the academy include the use of sports as an entry point for youth and community empowerment, organizing and facilitating youth trainings in business management and entrepreneurship, resource mobilization and active non-violence as alternative means of negotiating for rights and positions in the society. Other strategies include identification of and collaboration with resource persons and organizations that provide different types of training and identification of skills and potentials amongst diverse stakeholders particularly the youth and persons with disabilities. The partners include the government, local CBOs, NGOs and community sports and other groups. The goals of the academy are: creation of a unique class of self independent youth intent on developing their economic selves and facilitating positive interactions between them and the community. In essence, the overall objective of the academy is the reformation of the youth and redirection of their thoughts, beliefs, energies, desires, abilities and talents towards creating a peaceful environment for them and the community. The academy has hosted a number of youth empowerment trainings, sports leagues, tournaments and fun events as well as promoting women engagement in sports activities. The grant will be used to build sports facilities as well as other structures within the academy to help facilitate the social reformation program e.g. the discussion and assembly halls. It will also be used to build rooms for other indoor games – racket games, gymnasium, etc.

WELCOME HOME

The Association for the Care and Rehabilitation of Offenders

Accra, Greater Accra Region, Ghana

This project aims to rehabilitate offenders and help them reintegrate into the communities where they belong. We thus prepare them through sports before and after their release from prison. To do so, we use the following sport: • Football and Volley Ball • Field Events • Table Tennis This involves establishing rehabilitation center to received discharged convicts who have served their sentence and need means of livelihood. The idea is to offer employable skills to dissuade them from repeat offence. The grant will be applied as ff: . Building construction: US10,000 . Medical Care of Ex-convicts: US5,000 . Training and Living Cost: US7,000 . Education cost of Juvenile ex-convicts: US3,000