May 9, 2019

PLAY4PURPOSE League Finishes - Success All-around

Best player of the tournament!
Best player of the tournament!

Last month we finished up our boys leagues with championships in 7 neighborhoods! Since November, nearly 600 youth have been participating in educational soccer leagues in Kumba and Bamenda, Cameroon. We hired 4 new community leaders to assist our staff in this roll-out of PLAY4PURPOSE activities. Supporters like you funded the production of 12 goal posts and shipped 9 barrels + 30 bags of soccer gear halfway across the globe to make this a reality!

The theme for this most recent edition of competitions was Leadership & Good Governance, with a focus on Civic Engagement, so youth participants learned about topics like "Helping a Friend" and "Be a Team Player" and "Respect Others". They also volunteered in their neighborhoods, with each group taking the lead on a community service project. 

What next?

Our boys will continue training in their respective communities. Three neighborhoods where we launched programming last year will hold elections for Youth Councilors: peer leaders who will serve as referees, team captains, and match delegates. 

One of our Community leaders, Bidias, said of his most recent experience "I want to thank the CameroonFDP. You all have changed my life - I can never be the same again. I am truly grateful."


We couldn't have said it better ourselves. Thank you for your support!

Learning life skills before kick off
Learning life skills before kick off
Playing in the field
Playing in the field
Bidias after a training session
Bidias after a training session

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Feb 7, 2019

How PLAY4PURPOSE is Creating an Impact on Youth

Our youth are participanting and their confidence in leadership skills is growing!

When we re-launched PLAY4PURPOSE last year,  there were about 330 boys registered in activities in 4 neighborhoods in Kumba. Today, that number is up 65% to about 550 youth, ~500 boys and ~50 girls, in 7 neighborhoods (2 regions - Southwest & Northwest). Despite the on-going unrest and insecurity, our team is there for our youth.

Now, we're seeing the impact of the lessons and experiences that define PLAY4PURPOSE. Before the last season kicked off, we surveyed our participants and learned that youth involved in our activities for more than two years*:

  • have 13% greater confidence in their leadership skills
  • are 40% more likely to have completed community service projects
  • and 30% feel a greater sense of responsibility for community

*when compared to 1st year participants 

Youth in the 4 new neighborhoods completed surveys over the last two months and we're currently analyzing the results to include in our next quarterly report.

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Pictured above, youth in Bamenda complete surveys before PLAY4PURPOSE league kicks off earlier this month.2018: A year of growth and accountability

We continue to track our progress each week to make sure we achieve our goal of providing the highest quality experience for youth participants and their families. Highlights from the last few months include:

4 new jobs for community leaders, including 2 past participants (Bidias and Collins)
9 community events since July
12 new goal posts manufactured locally (each one funded by a supporter in Wheeling or Pittsburgh)
18 educational soccer sessions per week
24 youth councilors elected by their peers
170 additional youth spectators attending recent community events
300 parents attending recent community events
1 college athlete in the U.S. (David)

None of this would be possible without support from people like you!

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Pictured above, youth in Bamenda set up one of the goal posts on the field ahead of the first PLAY4PURPOSE league launching and community event.

Last year was our most successful year ever and we intend to continue the momentum to achieve even greater things in 2019. If you're inspired to stay involved; consider making another investment in our activities to see results!

Many thanks,

Justin Forzano, Founder and CEO

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Feb 7, 2019

2019 is Our Year for Girls in PLAY4PURPOSE!!

Late last year we launched our new PLAY4PURPOSE platform for girls in Kumba to come together in a safe space, learn from one another as well as the strong women on our leadership team (Nenne and Caroline), and play the beautiful game. 

We had 50 girls turn up to participate! We divided them into 6 teams and they selected team names that represented who they are and/or want to be in the future.

Group A:
Future Dreams
Talented Girls
Role Models


Group B:
Super Empowerment Girls
Girls of Integrity
Ambitious Ladies

After the 6 teams were created, team captains and referees were selected to participate in a training workshop organized by our staff. In addition to learning the rules of the game (for our small-sided 5v5 games that include educational components), they participated in team-building activities and were inspired to activate their own leadership skills to demonstrate their abilities on the soccer field - and more importantly off the field in their everyday life. One of the participants, Grace, shares her experience. 



 

Grace first joined our program 4 years ago and has been actively involved ever since. She says now that the crisis in Cameroon has destabilized the education system and it's nearly impossible for her to attend school, participating in PLAY4PURPOSE competitions is the one thing that keeps her active and lively. 

Why does she continue to stay involved after all these years?

"I love playing... because it gives me the opportunity to make friends and showcase my talents."

Youth, like Grace, who are involved in our programs for more than 2 years are 13% more confident in their leadership skills as compared to youth who are in their first year as a participant. They're twice as likely to have completed a community service project in their neighborhood.

Super Empowerment FC (above) is the winner!

The championship was played in December and the winners emerged victorious over Talented Ladies FC (pictured below) with a score of 1-0. Daniela, pictured below, scored the Golden Goal in extra time to secure her team's title as champions of the 2018 girls league in Kumba.

 

We've got some really exciting things planned for 2019. If you're inspired, consider making another investment in our project to ensure we can continue to empower and educate these young women to become the leaders of today and tomorrow.


Many thanks,

Justin Forzano, Founder and CEO

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