Jun 9, 2020

SWB Nicaragua named GlobalGiving's Project of the Month!

Rosa, Alison, and Reyna of SWB Nicaragua
Rosa, Alison, and Reyna of SWB Nicaragua

We are excited to share the news with you all- our community of supporters- that Soccer Without Borders Nicaragua has been named GlobalGiving's June 2020 Project of the Month!

Each month, GlobalGiving highlights one high-quality project that has demonstrated deep impact, innovation, and high capacity during their time as a member of the GlobalGiving community. We are honored and thrilled to be joining this impressive group of change-makers dedicated to positively transforming communities across the globe. 

The news of our selection comes at a critical time for our project in Nicaragua. Since Nicaragua's political crisis escalated in 2018, in combination with the impact of COVID-19, our program has not been able to host several annual events that typically fund our year-round work. Despite these challenges, our team of mentor-coaches on the ground has adapted to serve our community in creative ways by increasing access to resources, providing virtual education and soccer opportunities, and facilitating regular connections with one another.

As a member of the Project of the Month Club this support will fill critical gaps here at SWB by going directly to our year-round soccer, education, and community-building activities for more than 450 girls in Granada and surrounding communities. It will also support our team to reach an additional 1,200 youth through our annual events, camps, and leagues across Nicaragua. 

It is with the support of our global community that our team has been able to advocate for women and girls in Nicaragua since 2008. As we navigate these challenging times, our team remains committed to cultivating safe spaces and ensure that each member of the SWB community feels connected and cared for. Thank you for continuing to champion gender inclusion on and off the pitch and serving as crucial members of the SWB team! We're glad you're here!

Virtual team practices during Covid-19
Virtual team practices during Covid-19
FSF Alumna-turned-Coach Reyna joins SWB staff!
FSF Alumna-turned-Coach Reyna joins SWB staff!
International Women's Day (March 2020)
International Women's Day (March 2020)
University Scholarship Recipients for 2020!
University Scholarship Recipients for 2020!
Our 2020 Youth Leadership Group
Our 2020 Youth Leadership Group

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Apr 3, 2020

The Opposite of Isolation is Inclusion

FSF Coaches
FSF Coaches

Friends of SWB,

With your support, Soccer Without Borders Nicaragua has been working to build a more inclusive world since 2006. Over these 14 years, our community has shown resiliency in the face of tremendous economic, social, political and public health challenges. While the global reach of the Covid-19 pandemic is unprecedented in our history as an organization,  our strategies and principles for resiliency remain the same:

We are stronger together than apart
The opposite of isolation is inclusion. We are leveraging every tool we can to strengthen connectivity, particularly among our youth participants and staff members who are most at risk of falling out of the loop. Our team of dedicated staff have prioritized connection with participants and families, regularly checking in and strengthening the close relationships on which our program was built. 

Get them to the field
We have been exercising the muscles of creative program design and addressing access barriers for years. Although we can't convene in person, that won't stop us from making sure our participants continue to thrive. During this time, SWB’s coach-mentors are bringing programming to participants through creative at home activities and challenges.

We play best when we're smiling
We are working proactively to take care of ourselves and each other, while doing our part to minimize the spread of the Covid-19 virus by aligning with local and national directives. And while we can’t come together as teams at this time, our players and coaches have continued to build team spirit and ensure that our teams are a source of support for one another. 

From SWB Nicaragua to SWB Uganda to SWB USA, creating belonging has always been our core product. That has not changed. While we have paused in-person activities, the SWB Nicaragua team is proactively engaging our participants in new ways and ensuring that our community has the information that they need to stay healthy, access meals, and navigate access to health care.

Together,
The Soccer Without Borders Team

Much like many small businesses and nonprofits, the pandemic has already caused financial losses from cancelled fundraising events. If you would like to support our work in Nicaragua, please consider making a donation today.

At home activities
At home activities
At home activites
At home activites
At home activities
At home activities

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Mar 10, 2020

Introducing: The Global Goal 5 Accelerator

“Getting girls on the football pitch takes a lot more than just having balls, cones, and nets. In my experience, you really have to address the whole context. You have to talk to parents and encourage the girls over and over to come do this thing that they are told is not for them… We need to have more female role models for the girls to see, to inspire them. If we start with this generation, they can shape a new future with greater gender equality.” — Catherine Kabanyana, SWB Uganda Girls’ Program Coordinator

At SWB we are continuing to celebrate International Women's Day by launching our newest initiative: the Global Goal 5 Accelerator in partnership with Common Goal and Women Win. The Global Goal 5 Accelerator advances Sustainable Development Goal #5: Gender Equity 5 by supporting local programs to get more girls in the game, elevate female coaches on the sidelines, and build more gender-inclusive organizations.

From TODAY through March 13, nine football-for-good organizations from Tanzania, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, and Uganda will come together to kick off a 4-day collaborative workshop hosted at Soccer Without Borders in Kampala. Throughout the week female organizational leaders and coaches will work to build unique Gender Action Plans and commitments for their organizations to work towards over the next 10 months. Following the in-person workshop, participating organizations will form a community of practice to support progress toward their individualized goals, continuing to share resources and best practices. 

Living as an adolescent girl in much of the world means facing the realities of early marriage, unplanned pregnancy, denial of education (especially secondary school), social isolation, and gender-based violence. Girls who play sports not only gain physical and socio-emotional benefits, but also show improved academic achievement and educational advancement (Women’s Sports Foundation). Soccer can serve as a powerful influence on norms and attitudes at an individual, community, and global level. Participation in soccer gives girls an opportunity to understand their bodies as athletes, build their confidence and voice as leaders, and access a community of supportive peers and role models. 

This unique combination of these individual and collective impacts that make sport-for-development programs uniquely positioned to contribute to Global Goal 5. In the coming months, Soccer Without Borders will be collaborating with additional partners to bring the Global Goal 5 Accelerator to Europe (May 2020) and North America (June 2020), creating a ripple effect for girls worldwide to build their self-efficacy, strengthen their voices, and broaden their community.

To learn more read our full announcement and follow along on Instagram as our team in Uganda kicks off the inaugural Goal 5 Accelerator!

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