The Ball Has No Flag celebrated its first socio-sportive league in Peru
Within the context of the socio-sportive project The Ball Has No Flag implemented along with the International Organization for Migration (IOM Peru), families of different nationalities experienced their first neighbourhoods league “Ciudades y Comunidades Sostenibles” in San Juan de Miraflores.
On the morning of september 29, San Juan de Miraflores received more than 150 boys, girls, teens and adults from different nationalities in its first socio-sportive summit together with the San Juan de Lurigancho neighbourhood. Sustainable Cities and Communities 11th goal of the Sustainable Development Goals was the main affair of the activity, whose objective was to promote a reflective space about the importance of thinking of, considering children, what city do we want to have, in order to live in equality and raise a culture of peace.
“Sport is universal, but it is too the affection that we give to people when, because of problems, they leave their countries; and that is precisely our objective. How, through sports, we start to become best friends, how we include them and how we care about them”, commented Jorge Baca, Mission leader in IOM Peru, beginning the socio-sportive summit.
In this summit, boys, girls and teens put into practice, during the matches, the things they learned in the two months of socio-sportive workshops, where they had been strengthening socioemotional abilities such as empathy, teamwork and assertive problem solving.
Also, the activity counted with the presence of the sportswomen of Lima 2019: Yuliana Bolívar, Judo medallist, and Kiara Ortega, football player of the women’s team, who shared a message of inclusion and equality with boys and girls that participated in the project.
“It has been a day full of learnings for all the families. Since one month until now , San Juan de Miraflores and San Juan de Lurigancho communities have been demonstrating their capacity for cooperation and auto-management, focusing in the promotion of a safe space for children that doesn’t discriminate neither because of gender nor nationalities.”, comments Andrea Díaz, Fútbol Más Social Coordinator of the project.
Simultaneously with the matches, through interactive, socio-sportive and artistic activities, boys, girls and teens were able to discover and put into practice the actions and moral values that contribute to the constitution of a sustainable city, as well as expressing, through a communitary mural, the city they want for a better living.
The Ball Has No Flag project seeks to promote the well-being of boys, girls and teens from 6 to 18 years old, through our socio-sportive methodology using football as a linking and inclusion tool, in communities with a high number of refugees and migrants.
#TheBallHasNoFlag is part of the inclusion and solidarity campaign between peruvians and venezuelans #YourCauseIsMyCause; campaign organized by the UN System in Peru, along with the leadership of the International Organization for Migrants IOM and The UN Refugee Agency UNHCR.
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