Since 2011, over 470,000 people have lost their lives (Syrian Center for Policy Research, 2016), including over 12,000 children, and over 7.6 million internally displaced. UNICEF estimates that 8.4 million children are affected by the conflict either in Syria or as refugees. This children have lost everything, including their innocence and childhood.
After the immediate humanitarian response, there is a vital need to restore hope, a sense of identity and belonging to the children who in some cases have lost everything. There is a need to restore childhood. Football for Life (F4L), FundLife International's flagship programme, is a strategic relief and development project delivered through organised and regularly scheduled 'play' sessions. In the process, the programme gives back joy and confidence to besieged children.
The F4L programme will support over 10,000 children and create a foundation for both young people and communities to rebuild their lives. The programme will create 5 new safe-spaces for children and create 10 new football teams to give children much needed purpose and belief. Whilst the immediate impact of the programme will be felt by children, the creation of local football clubs will give back dignity and identity to communities that have been stripped away.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).