Still recovering from its genocide in 1994, today, Rwanda hosts some 160’000 refugees, 80% of whom are women and children. In collaboration with UNHCR, the FCSA educates 100 refugees to become grassroots football coaches and community leaders, helping increase the children’s safety and security by providing them with meaningful leisure activities.
Byumba and Huye
November, 2017 – October, 2018
Our gallery gives you the opportunity to browse through a selection of pictures of our work in Rwanda. Enjoy the best moments with our Young Coaches, instructors and children in action.
YOUNG COACH EDUCATION PROGRAMME
During Rwanda’s genocide in 1994, an estimated 800’000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed in the span of just 100 days and more than two million Rwandans fled the country in its aftermath. Over 20 years later, the nation is still recovering from the consequences and the ongoing repatriation process. Most recently, Rwanda has additionally been faced with an influx of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Burundi: With the First Congo War in 1996 and the intensified violence in the East since 2012, Rwanda has taken in some 74’000 refugees from the DRC, and a further 87’000 from Burundi due to the nation’s political unrests since 2015.
Today, Rwanda hosts over 160’000 refugees who are settled in urban areas and 6 refugee camps coordinated by the United Nation’s High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR). Almost 80% of the refugee population is made up of women and children, including over 2’000 unaccompanied minors. Refugee children and youth are especially at risk of violence, abuse, rape, neglect and thus particularly prone to negative coping mechanisms such as drugs and alcohol or survival sex. Despite these issues, the camps often lack services and meaningful leisure activities that target those children’s needs for specific support.
After a successful implementation of a Young Coach Education Programme in the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan in 2016, the FCSA will now be educating 100 Young Coaches selected from 6 different refugee camps in Rwanda to become grassroots football coaches and community leaders. The programme aims to increase the children’s safety and security, bolster their relationships with peers and the community, empower girls and provide them with equal access to sports, and to strengthen resilience in Young Coaches and children.
Our Young Coaches are community leaders and role models in less privileged societies. They commit themselves to support the children of the communities by conveying important social topics through football. 100 Young Coaches participate in the education in Rwanda, each of them represents a unique personal story.
Jacqueline has lost all her family and fled from the crisis-torn Burundi to Rwanda on her own. A football, is one of the few possessions she brought with her to Rwanda. In Mahama camp, where she found safety and friends, she uses the football and other sport activities to help children to overcome the challenges they face in their daily routine.
Grace grew up as an orphan in the Democratic Republic of Congo. At the age of 21 she fled to Rwanda when a war broke out in her region between rebel militia and the national army. She lives today in Kigeme camp and her goal now is to reach out to many children and change their lives for the better through sport.
Janvier lost his mother at a young age and grew up with his father in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They fled to Rwanda in 2012 after their village was attacked and their house was burnt down. Janvier founded a football team for youths in the Mugombwa camp, where he coaches football and helps children cope with issues they face.
Participating partner clubs
Main local partners
Further partner organisations