What is your signature innovation, your new idea, in one sentence?
Tackle issues of street children (orphans of HIVor war) through soccer to enhance love and reconciliation after 15 years of ethnic conflict, training for their self-development and integration in the national community through initiating income generating activities
Describe your innovation. What makes your idea unique and different than others doing work in the field?
While others are initiating rehabilitation street children (Orphans or vulnerables) by programs which put them in a home or orphanage, without integrating them, we use soccer as a tool to integrate them in the community. Through soccer they meet other street children who are in the same conditions, they play and meet other children with different conditions who have parents, with different ways of life, different ethnic groups, from different surroundings. They talk together, they take party together and they exchange ideas, views and appreciations. Through soccer they also meet children of different countries from abroad (they have played in Rwanda, South Africa and Danemark).
About development, a lot of children are beyond ages of scholarisation. We organize for them a professional training which will help them in their future.
Generally and according finances, we give them tools in order to permit them to get a good start in life. We encourage them to work in association. By that we contribute to development of the community.
What are the existing barriers, the biggest problem, your innovation is hoping to address/change?
The biggest problem is the increasing number of street children in our cities, rural areas due to the war and diseases like HIV/AIDS. Those children are left in the street without basic needs like food, clothing, shelter and up on the streets to beg for support. They do not benefit from any support neither from the society or the government. The biggest barrier is the problem of poverty
Delivery Model: How do you implement your innovation and apply it to the challenge/problem you are addressing?
Through sports, meetings, sports, trainings, tournaments and matches visitation and by facing poverty and diseases especially HIV/AIDS, malaria and credit after professional training
How do you plan to grow your innovation?
We have a strong base and education programs. We aim at a greater advocacy for rehabilitation of street children. These are groups of people who vulnerable to violence, drugs, isolation due to their social status. The project will empower them, by giving micro credit to begin a business, and to permit them to take a leading role in management of their issues for their own advancement and the security for the community as well.