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Empower Youth Through Soccer in Recife, Brazil



Beginning in early 2012, this project will provide 500 at-risk youth with a safe place to play in a small community near Recife, Brazil. We understand that soccer is often the last stand before gangs, drugs, and despair, and are dedicated to children who face major challenges to play this simple game that they love. love.fútbol engages, mobilizes and empowers underserved communities while they provide their own children with a safe place to play. Today, 5,500 children play on LF fields.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Across the globe, passionate youth are desperate and determined to play the Beautiful Game. Every single day youth are killed and injured striving to play. The hardest to see is when they give up playing, leading to far diminished returns on the productive and positive role that the game can have on their lives. love.fútbol targets at-risk youth in underserved and impoverished communities in Latin America, which face major challenges to playing soccer.

How will this project solve this problem?

By providing a platform, young people benefit from having a safe, dependable and designated community space where they can participate in healthy activity and sport for development programs. Fields are built adjacent to schools within the community, promoting higher attendance rates. Overall, a soccer field provides hope for a healthy childhood, a tangible and lasting symbol of community strength, proof of successful collaboration with an outside organization and a platform for future change.

Potential Long Term Impact

love.fútbol projects are community-building experiences that help communities realize internal strength and achieve local ownership, which are critical tenets to sustainable development. love.fútbol targets rural and urban communities with 500 to 2,500 youth. Direct youth beneficiaries range from 500 to 1,000 annually, depending on the size of the communities. Indirectly, our projects also serve other communities in the area that lack adequate soccer fields.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $4,545

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $4,545 .  The original project funding goal was $25,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).



Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Washington, DC, United States

Project Leader

Loren Stender

Washington, DC United States

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Map of Empower Youth Through Soccer in Recife, Brazil
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