Project supported by Enfant du Bénin Debout
The recent religious and ethnic conflicts have disrupted the Central African Republic’s societal balance. For EBD, deprivation, and the absence of financial means and adequate facilities have caused harsh living conditions, especially among the young (under 23s) who make up about 65 % of the population. They often live on their own and have to make their way in the society and succeed with little support in a postwar and pandemic-raging context.
Faced with such urgent social worries, sport has emerged as an unavoidable fun, attractive and learning anchor tool for accompanying the young. The association relies on the power of basketball, CAR’s king of sport, to create a fruitful climate of communication with the young trainees.
- Developing a content in direct connection with sport and providing a natural and powerful gateway towards health-related messaging
- Raising the awareness of isolated youth hygiene and health and encouraging them to practise sport on a regular basis
- Organising theme (improved hygiene and health in times of pandemic) and fun days in which children are both designers and actors in the completion of the global project.
- Enabling the young to tackle problems with confidence using knowledge acquisition and education
- Setting up an interactive platform between isolated youngsters, students and adults, encouraging social diversity and gender equality
- The caravan inducing to the practice of sport and to sensitisation for the isolated youngsters with a view to forming a summer basketball academy
- Basketball practice sessions along with exchange workshops on epidemiological prevention, hygiene, nutrition, sexual education, the prevention of STIs, women’s personal hygiene, etc.
- Organising “My sport ? My health!” Days in the various targeted towns (4 days per town)
- Improving the practice grounds with the massive involvement of the young, creating thereby a strong sense of belonging
- Over 120 isolated young under 16 shall be chosen in the targeted towns (30 youths per town) with a girl / boy parity
- 15 medical students and 15 volunteer coaches shall be solicited
- Over 500 direct people (in the chosen towns’ vicinity and beneficiaries’ nearest neighbours) shall be impacted
- The populations from the 4 targeted towns shall be impacted by the sensitisation caravans