Helping Syrian refugee women and girls to kick goals
One example is a football program in Azraq refugee camp. It’s investing in the mental health and physical wellbeing of young refugees. World Vision has built two football pitches in the camp in Jordan, home to over 25,000 Syrian refugees. It’s already helping to break down cultural gender barriers. For many girls, like 10-year-old Zaynab, this is the first time they’ve ever played football.
On the surface it might not seem like much – but programs like this provide a much-needed outlet for refugee kids. The football league is a safe and constructive activity that lets kids like Zaynab have fun and enjoy their right to play, while also receiving emotional support, building life skills and lowering their risk of exploitation.
It’s also providing leadership opportunities for refugee women like Raja. For her, becoming a football coach is an exciting chance to learn new skills and invest in the lives of children.