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Social Integration and Health Improvement Sports Programme

Chakkaravarthi Vidyalaya School

Usilampatti, Madurai District, Tamilnadu State, India

Social integration and Health improvement Sports programme (Foot ball, volley ball and basket ball for HIV/AIDS affected youths and girls at Chakkarvarthi Vidyalaya School at Usilampatti in Madurai District, Tamilnadu, India. The Chakkarvarthi Vidyalaya School is run by EDUCATR Trust. EDUCATR Trust is working for the development of school dropout youths, poor women, HIV/AIDS affected children and disabled children in Usilampatti, Chellampatti and Sedapatti block, Madurai District, Tamilnadu, India. The project of building a foot ball, volley ball and basket ball court for the HIV/AIDS affected children / youths and girls at Chakkaravarthi Vidyalaya School to bring out the talent. The programme will be implementing with local involvement, site preparation, leveling and mass concreting with cement, installation of iron poles basket ball board and nets. The Volley ball game shall be played at different time. This project creates healthy interaction within the community and reducing indiscrimination. This project creates opportunity for gender equity and enjoying sports activity in male dominated society. This project promote accessibility, removal of physical, economic, social and gender barriers to participation in sport, improved social cohesions, to enhance the overall socio economic empowerment of Usilampatti. Our Trust will help prepare a physical activity programme for HIV/AIDS affected children, girls, local schools, and community to organize their own sporting events and social gathering. The infrastructure is maintained by EDUCATR Trust with local community.

Social Improvement and Sports Programme (SISP)

Education, Communication and Development Trust (EDUCATR)

Madurai District, Tamilnadu state, India

Social improvement and sports programme (volley ball and basket ball) for dalit, dropout youths and poor girls at Government Higher Secondary School at Elumalai in Madurai District, Tamilnadu, India. The project of building a volley ball and basket ball court for the dalit, dropout youths and poor girls at Government Higher Secondary School to bring out the talent. The programme will be implementing with local people involvement, site preparation, leveling and mass concreting with cement, installation of iron poles basket ball board and nets. The Volley ball game shall be played at different time. This project creates healthy interaction within the community and reducing indiscrimination. This project creates opportunity for gender equity and enjoying sports activity in male dominated society. This project promote accessibility, removal of physical, economic, social and gender barriers to participation in sport, improved social cohesions, to enhance the overall socio economic empowerment of Elumalai. Our Trust will help prepare a physical activity programme for dalit, dropout youths and poor girls. Micro venture activity promoted through this programme. Bricks production and involved the site preparation works, It will create employment and income generation opportunities. The infrastructure will maintain by school Headmaster, Physical Education Teachers, Parents Teacher Association, Local town panchayat and social groups.The project will benefiting 1350 poor and dalit children in the age group of 6 to 17 years. The project stakeholders are architectural, construction professional,micro venture group, academician,children,people and panchayat bodies.

Bridges of Hope

Malalo Sports Foundation

Chililiabombwe, Copperbelt Province, Zambia

The Bridges of Hope Project provides free, easy access to structured sports and education activities for boys and girls in the Copperbelt region in Zambia. The project has three key components: 1. The Sports Library, an innovative and cost-effective aspect of the project that allows young players to “check out” pieces of equipment (such as boots, balls, bibs and jerseys) free of charge the weekends they play. 2. Soccer Instruction and Tournament Play which is overseen by a team of experienced volunteers. 3. Educational Activities which build on strong community partnerships with peer educators, other NGOs, and government agencies that focus on HIV/AIDS and malaria prevention, vocational skill building, environmental education, and school drop-out prevention. The goal of the project is to build a community centre which will create a culture of excellence of world class boys' and girls' sports and education where the values of humanity are respected. The centre will serve as a base for children coming from less privileged homes where they can freely associate with each other and receive their education, while at the same time have their talents developed further. At the centre, children will be free to discuss health education (HIV/AIDS, malaria) as well environmental education.

Kicking for Autism

Autism Speaks

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Our mission is to provide socially welcoming soccer clinics for middle school aged children with high-functioning autism/aspergers by interaction on a personal level.

Bare-foot sports programme

changa changa community school

mazabuka, Southern Province, Zambia

-the project intends to established and construct a basketball court, netball cour, volleyball court and provision of the sports equiptment. -during sports activities, youths will be taught life skills and supportive mechanisms on how to keep health. -the project will act as the social centre of activities in which youths will share knowledge and ideas on prevention, protection and care for the HIV/AIDS. -the project willl develop a youth proctection policy to ensure that sportsman and women are not abuse and way of reporting suspecting abuse. -gender isssues will be promoted in order to safe guard the values of our society. -the school will use some classroom as means to combine classwork for drop out and out of school youths with sports

EDUCATION FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN PROJECT

Helping Hands Welfare Association Baltistan

Skardu and Ganche , Pakistan

The proposed project,envisions in bringing social, economic transformation by educating the less fortunate children in the rural and semi urban communities of five districts of Gilgil Baltistan province among others in Pakistan. Gilgit Baltistan with a population of about 15,00,000 people, 40% of which are children, 53% are women and 23% are youth between 18 and 30 years of age. Currently the states of less fortunate children in Gilgit Baltistan are encompassed with immense sufferings. Pakistan is a country that depends on 70 % agriculture (farming. The intensive dicrease in crop production and terrerism/ militency destroyed most of thepeople causing most of the less fortunate groups of people which includes, the elderly, widows, the sick and children to spend a tuff day. There are many chances that most families are unable to support themselves and keep their children in school throughout the year. You will also notice that it is worse with millions of children living in the rural communities, slum areas and those coming from the poorest of the poor communities. In a process to reach up to the vision, the strategy is that at least number of the Orphans Vulnerable Children registered in the community who are wondering why they were born because they are without any one helping. So by God’s will these will have access to:- Basic education in a conducive classroom environment. Have scholastic materials provided to them. Each child having a school uniforms. Each child will have access to basic treatment. Live in a better environment. Renovations of the existing Destiny home for children. Improved hygiene and sanitation among the children and their guardians. Provided with essential support in form of blankets, bed sheets. Basic essential treatments of malaria, opportunistic infections, typhoid and sleep in treated mosquito nets. Supports improve livelihood conditions of poor mothers/ guardians/poor women, elderly and widows in the community through supporting their local initiatives. i.e. craftwork, poultry, vegetable growing, goat and improved cattle rearing projects.- This will address the sustainability component that guardians will support their children in future. The situation has left most children with little or without hope at all they live in situation, not sure of a and are uncertain of their future. Being aware that children are nation’s greatest future resource, the project intends to ensure and support the child’s complete development that’s mentally, physically, socially, spiritually and economically, liberating and equipping them as they unwrap their FULL potentials. PROBLEM STATEMENT: The high poverty levels in the area due to, less food production, unemployment, lack of entrepreneurship skills and poor health among the working age group have knit out the vulnerability web mainly among women and youth, resulting in broken families, early marriages, rape and defilement, drug addiction and abuse and increased crime toll. All these factors collectively result in causes of early deaths or imprisonment of parents, consequently making the children vulnerable. The poor yield as a result of the subsistence traditional farming. The aggravated problem therefore is the vulnerability of children rendering them unable to access their rightful basics of health care, education, good nutrition and psychosocial uplifting; that really need to be molded and empowered by them accessing basic education, treatment, with vocational skills that can make them happy, useful and resourceful citizens in society. JUSTIFICATION: It is justifiably apparent that in the entire whole 7 district of Gilgit Baltistan there is no care center for vulnerable children and this renders the less fortunate children more vulnerable because they cannot access basic Education, no one cares or minds and hence these less fortune children are left to guide themselves and also form strong peer groups that are characterized by drug abuse that leads to juvenile delinquency. Secondly due to its rural peripheral location from the cities or town where the economical activity of subsistence peasantry farming making it far below the international poverty line resulting in people failing to afford good basic education, health care and feeding. This has maintained tremendous vulnerability of children resulting in high level of prostitution, child labor and child sacrifice. Therefore schools, orphanage homes with a highly enriched skills vocational center can have both short and a long term solution. Thirdly there are not quality education primary and secondary schools in the area that can provide good educational services. They are congested with high children – to- teacher ratio; they are of low academic standards, and not suitably deliverable to the vulnerable children. Therefore this project is intended to demonstrate true love to the less fortunate children and hence committed to delivering services to the true and rightful beneficiaries without any discrimination of any form and working towards considering the gender based phenomenon and working to ensure it minimizes internal and external stigmatization among the beneficiaries.

Empowerment of women to Prevent and Respond to Gender Bases Violence through Sports

Society for women's Education and Awareness development (SWEAD)

Cuddalore district, Tamil Nadu, India

Many studies show that women in INDIA as a group are more likely to get HIV. The most recent studies show that 3% of the population as a whole is HIV infected while the percentage of HIV among women is higher at 3.6%. The link between HIV and rape is clearly illustrated by the percentage of women who contacted HIV through rape in 1994 genocide.The police records for 2011 also show high rates of Gender based Violence including 321 cases of physical assault, 403 rape cases for women over 18 years of age and 2033 rape cases for children under 18 years. “The violence that women suffer during conflict does not solely arise out of the conditions of caste discrimination depending in economical ; it is directly related to the violence that exists in women’s lives during peace times”.The Tamilnadu in particular is known for negative cultural practices including forced early marriages for the girl child, which constitutes rape crime. The early marriages for girls also imply that many girls do not go to school as they are prepared for marriage. This has implication on their economic security even as adult women and lack of awareness on their legal rights. There is also a gender gap in sports participation as women in India culture were not oriented towards sports and or other activities outside the domestic environment.Sports however has proved to build individual self esteem, confidence, keep people physically and psychologically fit and it also has a strong convening power and these are opportunities that Society for women's Education and Awareness development (SWEAD) in sports would like to exploit in building women’s capacity to prevent and respond to Gender Based Violence.The project will take an integrated approach using sports as a social development tool using it as a mobilizing platform and also equipping women with skills in different sports for self confidence, tolerance and realization of women power to challenge the traditional attitudes on limitation of what the girl child and woman are capable and not capable of doing. The main target group are the women (Age group 22 to 35)who are members of Women self help groups committees and associations with programs for the promotion of women’s rights. The project shall be implemented in a period of eight months. We expect the following results from this project, namely: • Increased women’s awareness on their legal rights. • Women take a more active role in preventing and responding to sexual and gender based violence.• A team of sports trainers established in different fields.• Women have more positive image and self worth and ready to protect their rights.• Women are more informed of Gender Based Violence service providers and ready to report GBV cases and seek other support services.• Formation of grassroots community based GBV action groups established.

Development of Sport dans la Ville's Campus

Sport dans la Ville

Lyon, France

In 2007, Sport dans la Ville launched its CAMPUS site in Lyon(the first training centre for training and professional insertion through sport). With 4 sports fields and a hosting building for the permanent teams and educators of the association, the CAMPUS is an outstanding complex serving sport and education for the 2.800 young members of the association. To ensure the qualitative and quantitative development of its professional integration programs, “Sport dans la Ville” is to launch the construction of a new space, with four new sports grounds, cloakrooms, an athletics track and a specific area dedicated to the “L dans la Ville” program (90 m²)for girls. The construction of this building, dedicated to employability actions of “Sport dans la Ville”, is a flagship project for the association. The new “Sport dans la Ville” campus will become the first place in France dedicated to receive 4.000 young people coached by the association for their employability. The $25k grant would be used to finance the construction of the space dedicated to the girls' activity in oder to develop their capacity for expression and their self-confidence. The public administration of Lyon and the Rhone-Alpes area, the French sports ministry will finance a large share of the project (60%).Further sponsors (private foundations) are procured to allow this great project to be launched.

Ram Light Up The Night Capital Campaign

Ram Capital Campaign

Fawn Grove, Pennsylvania, United States

The funding request would help to provide the community with a lighted multipurpose facility to be utilized for sporting, cultural and social events. It is not our goal to create top-of-the-line facilities with regard to design and cost. We seek simply to provide our students and community with the same level of facilities found in other area Districts. The end result - a safer, newer, and more practical athletic complex that can accommodate larger crowds, handicapped spectators and provide greater use for all athletics and community needs. While we recognize that many school districts are in precarious positions due to budgeting and lack of funding, our district is somewhat unique from the other districts because our large amount of farmland is often assessed lower at the Clean and Green value and our lack of business and industrial companies cripples our tax based funding. The vision to renovate and light the athletic facilities at our school is neither new nor fleeting. Our capital campaign is an aggressive, ambitious goal, but it is the commitment of the organization to create a perfect opportunity to secure funding without increasing school taxes and to create partnerships with individuals, corporations, and other organizations willing to support the community. At the heart of the funding is the installation of a lighting system to allow evening games and expanded field and track use for student athletics, recreation teams and the community. The majority of our neighborhoods do not have sidewalks or other safe locations for walkers or joggers. Everyone in the community can take advantage of the expanded hours the facility can be used. In addition, the facility and hours will contribute to the overall wellness in our community and provide a venue for events such as CROP walks, outdoor concerts and Relay for Life fundraisers.

"But en or" Project: social and professional inclusion through football for underprivileged youth

Sport dans la Ville

Sarcelles, France

The project aims at building a 1200m²-large football facility in the heart of a disadvantaged area in the city of Sarcelles, in Paris suburban area. The facility would be used by “Sport dans la Ville” which will organize every Wednesday and Saturday free of charge football sessions with the children and the youth of the neighborhood. The objective is to gather a maximum of kids and young people in an activity favorable to their socialization and fullfillment. It is also to transmit to the youth strong values that would help them succeed in their social and professional lives… Relying on the work of the educators, “Sport dans la Ville” would include the young over 15-years old in a program called “Job dans la Ville”, that will encourage them to achieve a diploma and find a job. Some 250 participants shall participate to the football sessions every week and 40 would be part of “Job dans la Ville” every year. The facility would be available to all the inhabitants, apart from Sport dans la Ville training session. It will become a major life center of the neighborhood, fairly valorized, and open to all. Its presence will reinforce social relationships among the inhabitants. The project would bring a strong positive impulsion to the community. The $25k grant would be used to finance the construction of the facility, a 1200-m² large football field, made with high-quality synthetic grass and materials. The facility could be used for 5-5 or 6-6 football games. The municipality will finance 50% of the investment costs, but further sponsors are procured to allow this great project to be launched. The "Fondation Auchan", linked to the "Groupe Auchan", an historic partner of Sport dans la Ville which also runs an hypermarket in Sarcelles, will contribute to the project by $40k. The project should start in late May 2012.

Project-Inspire

Inspiration Mentoring

Loudonville, New York, United States

Continue reducing obesity and gang activity through my mentoring programs at a greater scale by builing a sports facility for underserved inner-city youth. The 25k will be used to build a sheltered playing area used for all traditional sports as well as innovative activites and games that incorporate leadership, sportsmanship and respect.

Sports & Cultural Hub

Children & Youth Centre Ponta Leste

Baucau , Baucau, East Timor

Currently in East Timor there are few extra-curricular and sporting activities available to young people. The provision of these activities is extremely important to occupy youth, as boredom and lack of opportunity is a significant contributor to the ongoing social problems experienced by Timorese youth. The Children & Youth Centre Ponta Leste proposes to expand its current centre and build an additional room to be used for sport, recreational and cultural activities. Currently at the side of the centre there exists a large, unutilized area, which is under cover but lacks walls and requires much attention. The centre wishes to turn this area into a Sports and Cultural hub were children and youth from the community can gather and use the centre’s sporting equipment, games and musical instruments. The centre plans to use this area for a number of activities including: - Weekend & school holiday table tennis and volleyball competitions. - Cultural workshops including weaving, cooking and traditional dancing. - Meeting point for sporting teams and area to store soccer and basketball equipment. - Entertainment including live music and dance - Sporting presentations/events. The centre further plans to construct a stage at the back of the hub to hold sporting team presentations, cultural activities and community meetings. The proposed sport & Cultural hub will generate opportunities for social empowerment of youth, improve access for individuals to participate in sports and provide children and youth with a positive way to engage with their community. Breakdown of the Budget Stage $2000 Walls $10,000 Floor $2000 Additional sporting equipment $1200 (2 x table tennis tables + balls and racquets $700 Volleyball nets/balls $500) Extension of roof $2000 Furniture i.e tables, chairs $200 Paint/wall murals $100

Rural Youth soccer league

Children & Youth Centre Ponta Leste

Baucau, Baucau, East Timor

Project Description: * Currently in East Timor there are few extra-curricular and sporting activities available to young people. The provision of these activities is extremely important to occupy youth, as boredom and lack of opportunity is a significant contributor to the ongoing social problems experienced by Timorese youth. The Children and Youth Centre Ponta Leste proposes to develop a soccer league for children and youth living in the state of Baucau. The project will be gender inclusive and seek to increase children and youth’s participation in sporting activities and provide them with positive outlets. It will further generate indirect benefits to the wider community and provide areas to socialize and use for other community activities. The league will consist of a male competition with approximately 16 teams from two sub-districts Baucau and Laga and a female competition with approximately 10 teams from two sub-districts. Each team will come from a different village, where fields currently exist however require some attention. The grant money will be used to restore and rehabilitate existing soccer fields in each of the 16 villages and to install goal posts and nets. Remaining funds will be used to purchase uniforms for each team, soccer balls and trophies for competitions. The project will build upon the work of CYC’s previous sporting initiative, which was made possible through an ETCAS (East Timor Community Assistance Scheme) grant from AusAID.. This initiative has been implemented with volunteers from 15 rural villages outside of Baucau (2 from each village, including 7 female participants). Participants attended a 2 week training program before being supported to establish local youth CSO’s and implement their own football coaching programs within their communities. The project has contributed to education and training by equipping local participants with valuable skills around coaching, working with youth, and organisational development. The project has also contributed to civil society organisational strengthening by supporting participants to establish and effectively run local CSO’s. Working solely with local people and organisations has ensured high levels of local participation and ownership, which in turn has contributed to the program’s ongoing viability. The architecture for humanity grant money would enable CYC to continue their work with these villages and form a league. Breakdown of the budget Goals/Nets for soccer fields $350 each x 16 = $5600 Uniforms $100 per team x 21 = $2100 Restoration of soccer fields $1500 Line marking on soccer pitches $200 per field x 16 = $3200 Soccer Balls $30 each, require 210 balls = $6300 Trophies for competitions = $300

Futebol de Rua (street football in english. since our main target are the homeless people we "play" here with the word street)

Associação CAIS

Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal

CAIS runs the futebol de rua project since 2004, started, in 2004, after an invitation to participate in the Homeless World Cup 2004. the project besides becoming one national championship as also worked, in is grand final, as a strategy to make the teams that represent portugal in both the Homeless World Cup and the European Street Football Festival. the project allows the practice of football to become an instrument/tool for the integration of those living in extreme poverty. CAIS works with those living in homeless situation and the project is for them (by homeless we identify those living in the streets, shelters, shelters for youngsters, rooms, illegal occupation, illegal houses and houses without basic human conditions - without water or electricity for example.) but also for those living in social neighbourhoods. teams can and should be mixed and participants with more than 16 years old can participate. what makes this project unique is that teams are made by the institutions / NGO with their clients. which means the common citizen can not participate. only persons followed by an institutions /NGO can participate. institutions participate in the local (district) tournaments provided by CAIS local partners, the winners from each district participate in the grand final, that takes place during 4 days. from the participants there we make the teams for the international competitions in which we are on. before the international competitions CAIS promotes a 2 week training camp for the participants. they learn football skills but also social skill. they also participate in many cultural and social activities. 75% of the participants in our project changed their life. either by restarting studies, getting a job or getting better accommodation conditions. they all agree the projects gives them a bust of self-esteem and motivation. the grand final takes place every year in a different city, but starting 2013 it will always be in lisbon. the same with the training camps. this being said it would be very important to have a sports space in our Lisbon facilities. also, CAIS has his own team, who participates in the project that could use this facilities daily, as well all our other clients and the marvila (the borough were we are) community. marvila is the poorest part of lisbon. basically a sport space in our lisbon centre would allow the regular practice to our clients, the marvila community and also be used for the training camps prior to European Street Football festival and Homeless World Cup. it should be adapted to the space we have but should replicate the HWC pitch style we already have and use for local tournaments.

HEIMSPIEL: The arena for young people in Cologne

Rheinflanke gGmbH

Cologne, Germany

The „HEIMSPIEL“(home game) is an arena that is unique in its form and focus and completely innovative for Cologne. It was designed in cooperation with the architect Marciniak. As a center of competence for out-of-school learning the arena has a high bonding force that is developed because of offers that are appropriate for young people. The central point of the arena is a football field (15x20m) that can also be used for all kinds of performances. Along the outside, arranged in the form of a circle, you find the offices, rooms for the youth, a kitchen, kiosk/cafeteria and storage places. The arena is a central place for young people from all over Cologne. It’s a single point of contact for the implementation of projects that impart social competence. An additional benefit is the nationwide network of organizations that promote youth exchange and joint projects. These joint projects can take place in the arena. The youth takes part in the organization and implementation of different projects with the aim to learn how to assume responsibility. This gives them the opportunity to found youth companies within the arena, e.g. a café. External consultants are part of this project. The offered sports program helps us to get into contact with the young people. Sports and motion are modules of a health education that includes stress regulation and healthy nutrition specifically for young people. Therefore HEIMSPIEL is the home of streetfootball. This project can’t be realized by the Rheinflanke itself. On the one hand we need partners from the society and economy and on the other hand money has to be raised through grants. That’s why we submit this project for the campaign GAMECHANGERS so we can realise our vision.

Give Football a Chance

Oltalom Sport Association (OSA)

Budapest , Budapest, Hungary

Due to the recent political situation in Hungary, it turned out that we could not have the location we have chosen and let you know about (we have a spot the local government has provided us for 99 years but now they are planning to find a way to take it back - which is a scandal itself) Since we have no chosen location right now, we are thinking of another possibility you might be interested in sponsoring. Our activities are still on - two trainings per week at two locations of Hungary all trhough the year - an starting this year, 2012, we organize a Fair Play Football Road Show on several locations, at rented pitches. Thanks to the organizers of the Homeless World Cup, we could get - at a fair price - a portable pitch that would open up a whole lot of possibilities in terms of having our tournaments - if we wanted - at extreme places. It would remain an important part of our work to promote peace and tolerance between different parts of the society or the different countries (as we did in our Border Cup with Romania), to make dialogue, communication and negotiation popular in the conflicted areas This would allow us to make a change in the generations to come, and to build a better integrated European society

Lulwanda Rainwater Collection Court

Grace International Children's Foundation

Uganda

Lulwanda Children's Home and Primary School is the home for 121 orphans in Ugnada. This year we will be building a boys hostel and will add 25 more children. The School serves the orphanage and the village. Currently, we have a rock infested concrete slab for a basketball court. The children play on the court most of the time with bare feet. The rocks are cutting into the feet and when they fall, you can guess. Upon discussing resurfacing the court, I mentioned to the board of directos the rainwater collection court that was built at Mahiga High School in Kenya. I want to see this project take place! I would love to provide a sheltered protected court to play, a clean water system collecting rainwater, be built at Lulwanda. I do not have any idea the cost. I am just beginning the process and have written Architecture for Humanity for cost and assistance. This project would be built this year if we receive the funds. Lulwanda Primary School would be able to have clean drinking water without it being hauled to the school. (www.uganaorphans.org is our website. Please consider this vision. Mary Thrasher

Harambee Athletic Center

CTC International

Maai Mahiu, Rift Valley, Kenya

Maai Mahiu, Kenya is located on the “HIV” highway, so named for the commercial sex work industry fueled by transient truck drivers that has contributed to the spread of the virus. With families trying to eke out an existence on less than $2 per day, many youth turn to adverse activities such as theft, prostitution, and drugs. With a national youth unemployment rate of 64% and employment increasingly hard to come by due to an expanding population, opportunities are slim and outlook is bleak. In our time working in Maai Mahiu, we’ve seen powerful things happen when perspectives shift. We’ve witnessed mothers of special needs children journey from believing their children were cursed to seeing them as blessings. We’ve witnessed youth take charge of their own futures, tired of waiting on local government for opportunity and forging ahead to create their own. The Harambee Athletic Center (HAC) is a proposed athletic facility to allow our youth to go further than their current uneven and eroded dirt fields. We would begin by constructing a soccer field on land we have previously purchased. This facility will serve as a training center for young athletes of all abilities, including our 200 youth currently a part of our soccer league. We’d also put an emphasis on providing access to physical activity for the large population of individuals with special needs in Maai Mahiu. We see HAC as more than a soccer field or recreation facility. We see it as a home for community, for the realization of potential and even of dreams. We recognize sports brings people together and by taking extra steps to be fully inclusive, every young athlete will have the opportunity to identify themselves not by their perceived limitations but by their achievements as teammates, leaders and champions.

THE LAUNCH CREATIVE CENTER

LAUNCH:Community Through Skateboarding

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

Launch:Community Through Skateboarding seeks support for the Launch Creative Center. The goal of the Launch Creative Center is to preserve and promote a culture of creativity and self-expression through skateboarding. We believe in the power of skateboarding to change people's lives for the better. The requested funding will be used to support renovations, construction, and remodel of the proposed site. Upon completion, the Launch Creative Center will house... 1.) A communal mini ramp for after school and weekend use by local youth. 2.) A skateboard museum including over one hundred rare collectable skateboards displayed to help teach visitors about the true history and culture of skateboarding. 3.) A library/inspiration area of art books, skateboard magazines, locally made zines and skateboard videos. 4.) A studio/workshop room for teaching classes including obstacle-building, custom skateboard deck design, grip tape art, and for hosting guest artists and speakers from throughout the art and skateboarding industries. Skateboarding often attracts alternative adolescents with an interest in the creative aspects of this physical artform. It requires little money to get started, making it an ideal past time for youth from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds. The act of skateboarding teaches important life skills such as persistence, dedication, and creative problem solving. We seek to provide youth in our community with a safe, positive, inspiring environment in which to express themselves through active physical play. We also intend to use this space to encourage participation in experiences that engage one's creative mind. Ultimately, this facility will assist us in bringing skateboarding to more youth in need of a positive outlet in their lives

L'Esperance Kid’s Community Soccer by Lake Kivu

L'Esperance Childrens Aid International and ArtistsActivists

Kigarama, Rwanda

One km away from the site of the largest massacre of individuals during the Rwandan genocide, L’Esperance Children’s Aid in partnership with Artists Activists is looking to build a soccer field and sports playground with a covered enclosure that also serves as a community center. There are about 100 kids on the property aged 0 to 21, many of whom have absolutely no families as a result of the genocide and AIDS. They have very little to do, if anything, in the immediate area in terms of entertainment or recreation. This project would provide a safe environment for sports and social development for children of all ages.