Kirkuk is a very diverse city, where Kurdish, Arabs, Turkmen, Shia, Sunni and Christians all live together. After the military operation last October, the people of Kirkuk faced numerous challenges, as all organizations halted operation in the city. However, Spirit of Soccer has continued to educate the people of Kirkuk about Mine Risk Education through football. We have created an adult league of Kurdish, Arab and Turkmen teams, with the aim to deliver MRE messaging through football matches and to build trust and friendship among the players. Through this league, the participants have further demonstrated that Kirkuk is a city for all and everyone can live peacefully together. - In partnership with the U.S. Department of State
Congratulations to Shrihan Shukri for being selected as 1 of 6 international delegates to attend the Football United Sportswomen for Change Leadership Forum in March 2018! http://footballunited.org.au/caar/
We want to celebrate yesterday's 20th anniversary of the Ottawa Treaty as an amazing accomplishment in combating the use of landmines in war! But we also must understand that there's still a lot of work to be done. http://bit.ly/2nrfHFj
Thanks to our Mine Risk Education program in Sri Lanka when he found a grenade in a coconut tree near his school, he knew what to do and reported it to the local Mine Action team! Let's keep working towards a world without mines! In partnership with U.S. Department of State, Laureus & Find A Better Way
In August 2017, we visited Kengnoy Primary School in Salavan Province, Laos to deliver soccer and MRE programming. The children were so excited to receive the SOS program! It was the first time they had ever seen soccer outside of television and the first time most had even touched a real soccer ball – until now they had played with coconuts!
The school director told us how important it was to bring our program to this region since many other Mine Action operators have ceased operations in Salavan, despite the high levels of contamination and threats to children from UXO and ERW.
Now students have a soccer ball to use every weekend and programming that helps them remember to never play with items they find in the forest, in case they are UXO - in partnership with U.S. Department of State
Incredible atmosphere for the final of our Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Soccer Leagues in Qaladze, Iraqi Kurdistan! Every year, we stage local tournaments for both male and female teams from mine-impacted communities. These tournaments are an excellent way of highlighting the terrible effects that weapons can have on the daily life of civilians while still providing them with a fun and festive day of sport. Through participation, the players receive Mine Risk Education and soccer-based MRE materials - in partnership with U.S. Department of State
"The only shots fired in the future will be the ones on goal." Let's continue to use the beautiful game for good! http://bit.ly/2kGobqZ
Great news coming from Cambodia, with education playing a key role in the decrease in landmine casualties! We will continue to work in order to get that number down to 0! http://bit.ly/2z2FDrQ