The disabled of Sierra Leone are rejected physically, socially and emotionally. Most are reduced to a life of begging because they are seen as useless and unemployable. Please help provide sporting goods and sponsor tournaments for the Disability Sports Association, a project of Greatest Goal Ministries that allows Sierra Leoneans with disabilities to showcase their potential, develop self-esteem and change the overall attitude toward the disabled in their community.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Life in Sierra Leone is difficult at best but as a disabled person, in the poorest country on earth, each and every day is a struggle that very, very few of us can even begin to imagine. The game of football/soccer provides an outlet and a form of stress reduction. During their time on the field they are an athlete playing the world's sport. The troubles of life are momentarily forgotten and all effort and thought is confined to the field and a soccer ball.
How will this project solve this problem?
Greatest Goal Ministries is the umbrella organization has registered the first Disability Sports Association (DSA) in the country with the Ministry of Sports and Youth and the Ministry of Social Welfare of Sierra Leone, West Africa. This recognition as an organized sports entity has allowed the disabled the same rights that other sports associations have had for years but was never made available to the disabled of Sierra Leone.
Potential Long Term Impact
The thousands of disabled in Sierra Leone and the amputees in particular are marginalized by society at every level. Sports, and soccer in particular, allows the disabled a venue to showcase their abilities rather than focusing on their disabilities. GGM recognizes also the role of sports in the development of mental, physical and emotional wellness. It fosters discipline, dedication, self-confidence, sportsmanship, a commitment to teamwork, leadership and citizenship among disabled persons.
Total Funding Received to Date: $195
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $4,805
Total Funding Goal: $5,000