850 Youth Mentored On Sports Teams
Play For Hope has 850 boys and girls on soccer and basketball teams. Many of our players are vulnerable children who are at the highest risk for drug abuse, HIV/AIDS infection, and prostitution Youth are mentored and encouraged to discover and pursue their passion and dreams. We strive to meet every need of the youth on our teams in a holistic way.
Street Children Rehabilitation
Many of our players either live on the streets or used to live on the streets. These children are addicted to drugs and are considered the lowest in society. We often mix our street children onto teams with neighborhood kids so that each group can learn to value one another and live in harmony. We have seen children, upon entering into a relationship with a caring coach, overcome the obstacles in their lives and leave the streets.
We train coaches to be sports ministers where they live. Currently we have 15 fully trained coaches in our Rwandan network. Coaches go through an extensive series of coaching clinics which train them in sports skills, ministry skills, child psychology, HIV/AIDS preventions, and mentorship. After completing the clinics, coaches are followed by Play For Hope staff to ensure that children are being ministered to and that coaches are implementing training at a professional level.
We run tournaments for our youth to be able to show off their skills and talents. At out tournaments our players are provided with food and drink and a positive lifestyle message. We have run tournaments inside the national stadium and on the fields just outside of it. We use the tournaments to draw youth of different backgrounds to be brought together and be reconciled to one another.
While not our primary focus, we have run over 60 basketball and soccer clinics in Rwanda and Burundi. It is our goal that each child that attends our clinics learns sports skills and experiences the love of Christ first hand. Estimated attendance for clinics is 9,000 children. We have worked with boys and girls, street children, school children, the unschooled, HIV+, children, genocide victims, and orphans.