The ability to provide opportunities for recreation and sport and the opportunity to dream are critical to changing individual’s paradigms and breaking the cycles of despair and hopelessness.
Children in South Africa are just crazy about football, and with the World Cup excitement was at fever-pitch. In the poor areas where we do our work, little children can be seen playing football in dusty streets, with homemade balls.
We were so impressed by a special organisation called Phakamini – which means “empowered to inspire”. They have set up a children’s football club on some vacant community land in New Crossroads, a huge township outside Cape Town. Here local volunteer coaches work with the little ones, including a girls’ team. They’ve organised some sponsored kit – togs, nets and cones. There’s such enthusiasm – the balls are used till they fall apart! However they urgently needed locker-rooms, somewhere to keep their equipment and clothing safe, and where the little ones can change and wash in privacy.
Thanks to you these children now have a new fully equipped locker room – and because it doubles up as a meeting hall, others in the community get to benefit too!
We received this lovely thank-you letter: “I am sending this email on behalf of our community and the soccer kids. The container has arrived and all the community is happy, and all have hope now since the container is to benefit them. I am glad to be the one who has to say thank you because from the beginning you managed to lift my strength for the team and the rest of the community. Thanks a lot to Breadline Africa. We will surely be able to sustain our aims and objectives.”