Describe your program or new idea in one sentence.
My program introduces a new concept of social reintegration, development and public security. By practicing sports, marginalized infants and youths conceive the essence of the importance and need of spiritual, psychological, and physical development in a collective and individual manner and prevented future crime in the community.
What makes your initiative uniquely positioned to create change in your community?
The reintegration of former child soldiers and others marginalized youths through Soccer in the communities, became authentic innovation, compared to other initiatives, because nobody thought before, that the soccer could be important in the Mozambican communities to the point of resolving problems of social reintegration, development, prevention and crime battle.
Fundamentally, because the plan was greeted by the local communities and by the Government of Mozambique that integrated many of those infants and youths in the program of the national children Soccer and invited more institutions to follow the example of the FOMICRES. Around 300 infants and youths benefit from this project, some of them having already soccer contracts with official clubs. The soccer is accessible, worshiped by the youths and infants and it is practiced with less investments in the communities.
The big difficulties for the expansion and development of the Project, are related to the lack of sporting infrastructures in the communities (soccer fields) and logistic (sporting equipment and transportation for teams in inter-communities competitions). There are many youths, of both the sexes, partcipating in the program, but difficulties mentioned limit us.
Describe how you organize and carry out your work?
The sporting exchanges and small world cups always have some MOTTO, such as: "for the social reintegration and development of children and youth", or "for a Community without marginalized children and youth", or “for a Dependable Community without violence" or "For a Mozambique without more war", among others. The work of the FOMICRES is developed in a participatory system of communities where the abandoned children are inserted, with the strong participation community leaders and other organizations.
We do a mapping in the communities with an aim to identify the marginalized infants and youths and we present our methodology of social reintegration, development and public security, through the prevention future crime in the communities to the community leaders. We also have three tiers agreements (community leaders– own or adopted Family– FOMICRES) to seek responsibility and support in the long process of reintegration, development of the sporting character of the infant and youth, with clear calendars for monitoring and community evaluation.
What is your plan to scale and expand your innovation into your community and beyond?
The satisfaction of the infants and Youths through this methodology of reintegration, development and prevention of the Crime, constitute the fundamental goal, to which inspires our planning to grow. At the moment, we plan until 2014, organizing Small world cups with the clubs of these communities in parallel to the real World Cups of 2010 in South Africa and 2014 probably in Brazil. We will be approaching some of the countries qualified for the real World Cup, with an aim to finance these competitions, just as we did in 2005 with the diplomatic representations accredited in Mozambique. Also we are going to expand the project for the City of the Beira (2nd biggest city of Mozambique).
What other resources, institutional, or policy needs would be necessary to help sustain and scale up your idea?
Others resources, institutions or politics would be of necessary fact, in the following sense: have national policies of children social reintegration and youth sport accompanied by government Institutions to collaborate.