The Sierra Leone Homeless Team which took part in the just concluded Melbourne 2008 Homeless World cup would benefit from Africa Foundation, an organization which is willing to support the African teams which took part in the competition from December 1-7 2008.
This new partnership begins with a US$250,000 contribution towards the African Team’s travel fund that ensured participation in this unique international football tournament changing lives. There is also a commitment to fund grass roots micro enterprise initiatives supporting the football programs operating in Africa; to enable their long-term sustainability to contribute to lasting change for the players and their communities.
The other African nations that would also be benefiting from Africa Foundation are Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Catherine Stuart, Founder and President of Africa Foundation says, “We are delighted to be supporting the Homeless World Cup Foundation as part of our African Youth Kick Start Project. Our purpose is to create long-term opportunities for empowerment of individuals and communities through the development of sustainable micro enterprise. We aim to work closely with these talented young people on a long term basis to provide them with skills training and education to affect real change in their lives.”
The Homeless World Cup is an annual international tournament, which provides the opportunity for people who are homeless to change their own lives.
The Africa Foundation is a private, nonprofit development organization established in 2003 to help alleviate poverty in rural Africa through participatory development. Their goal is to encourage self help and self reliance, empowering individuals and communities to establish independence and sustainability. It operates at grassroots level and our efforts span micro enterprise, village-based infrastructure, skills training and education and primary industry development programs across sub-Saharan Africa. Its work transcends philanthropic gestures or charity initiatives. It is about creating innovative strategy and projects using the skills, expertise and core competencies of the African people to bring about lasting positive social change.