Soccer Without Borders Uganda uses soccer as a vehicle for positive change, providing under-served youth with a toolkit to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion, and personal success. Our program serves over 700 urban refugee youth in Kampala, the majority of whom do not have access to formal school. While we offer classroom English lessons and educational workshops on a daily basis, we also utilize on-field time to teach life skills. At SWB, urban refugee youth find a safe space to learn.
Uganda is home to one of the largest populations of refugees in Africa, with an estimated 100,000+ refugees living in Kampala. In Kampala and the surrounding areas, the refugee population faces great obstacles. 47% of SWB participants have been separated from parents and/or family members, making them more vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. Among the many obstacles they face, refugees in the urban settings often say that the biggest barrier they face is lack of access to education.
SWB Uganda's approach is non-traditional, using soccer as a hook and taking a whole person approach to participant development: mind, body, and voice. At SWB Uganda, youth find a safe, positive, and inclusive learning environment where obstacles can be overcome. The five key activities that SWB implements are: Soccer Play and Instruction, Off-Field Education, Team-Building Games, Cultural Exchange, and Civic Engagement.
This project will reach over 700 youth each year. Approximately 350 youth will attend weekly programming on a regular basis, gaining non-traditional education when they otherwise would not have an alternate educational opportunity. Youth at SWB Uganda gain an opportunity to learn and play. They gain a safe space to grow and create meaningful cross-cultural relationships. Through our programming, youth gain the confidence and skills they need to pursue their dreams.