This project aims to use sports to further help children in our care, the majority of whom are unaccompanied minor refugees (UM), many having suffered sever trauma's, due to war, extreme poverty & exploitation at a young age. We want to go beyond the basic care and look for other ways to help them. In Minor-Ndako Sport, we use sports to help these kids relax, but also to help them build physical and mental strenght and deal with their trauma's. We now have our own football team and running club.
Many of the children in our care have faced a lot of hardship in their young lives. We are constantly looking for new and better ways to help them. Living in a residential centre with a lot of other kids in similar situations isn't easy. Physical exercize is a great way to help deal with their troubles. However we noticed that it was hard for them to find their way to different sporting club around town. There is a language barrier, money issues and cultural differences.
Two years ago we started our sports project, we organised a running club and formed a (five a side, indoor) football team. Our goal is to allow children acces tos ports and sports clubs. We noticed that the childre often only participated in casual competitions, usually playing against people in similar situations. We want them to compete with everyone else. So we play in the regular Brussels indoor football competition and we run big races around Belgium like the 20k of Brussels
The initial goal of our project is obviously to get children to move more and make them more confident. But even more so the goal is to help them find their way to sports and sport clubs they would not normally have found. We want to help them integrate and find their place into society. We have already seen what sports can do for children and young people and how it can chance their lives. We aim to fully integrate sports with out other (psychological) care.