Democratic Republic of Congo
The KIFUMPA project has been launched in January 2023, along with a series of actions intended to strengthen the activities carried out by the local partner, using the catalyst power of football as a tool for reduction of educational poverty and gender equality.
The project foresees 6 different actions:
PROXIMITY CAMPAIGNS: 5 evening visits to the neighborhoods where street girls live, carried out by a team made up of 2 CEF members, psychologist, nurse, social worker and priest to sensitize street girls, invite them to reach the local partner's Village and introduce them to educational and sporting activities
COMMUNITY EVENT: an open event in the area of the city frequented by street children with concerts and theatrical performances are planned for the event to break down the cultural barriers and stereotypes that limit the access of girls and women to areas typically considered as «for man»
STAFF TRAINING: To introduce a values-based training method and increase the ability to identify and address the frailties and educational needs of children during sports activities. The course is aimed at:
COACHES: to disseminate a football culture that translates into a training program capable of activating an integral growth path of the player
EDUCATORS: to learn how to make young people aware of gender equality, resilience and teamwork through the power of football
SCHOOL WORKSHOPS: An educational and recreational workshop will be carried out in 10 schools, using football and art as tools to raise awareness on gender equality.
We will involve elementary and middle schools (students between 10 and 14 y.o.) planning 4 hours of activities for each school with sports-educational and artistic activities to encourage gender equity, inclusion, teamwork and participation in football courses.
SUMMER CAMPS: In June and July 2023, at the end of the school year, for about three weeks, educational and recreational sports activities will be organized for the girls intercepted by the awareness campaigns as an introduction to the pre-academy activities.
PRE-ACADEMY: While waiting to complete the construction of the Msichana Football Academy, starting from September 2023 the girls will be welcomed at the premises of the current men's academy (Futuka), where educational and football courses will be organized as follows:
Language (5 hours per week)
Mathematics (5 hours per week)
General Culture (15 hours per week)
Football (5 hours per week)
The project takes place in Lubumbashi, 2nd largest city and mining capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Both the country and the city are afflicted by political instability, lack of infrastructures and health facilities, corruption as well as violence between ethnic factions, rape and other forms of sexual violence, and murder.
Because of the cultural habit of considering children an economic resource, families tend to have many (often more than 10) but poor family management brings few resources to support them. Many children are thus abandoned by their parents and find themselves living on the street, growing up in an environment characterised by theft, petty crime, drug dealing and consumption, later becoming violent adults.
Furthermore, there is a high rate of child brides and young mothers and sexual violence against adolescent girls and young women is common and considered as "normal" and many forms of rape are perpetuated (54.2% of Congolese women justify domestic violence and the fact that a man can beat his wife)