GIVING YOUNG PEOPLE LIVING IN REFUGEE CAMPS ACCESS TO SPORT
By delivering sports kits, the programme enables youngsters in refugee camps to organise games that will help provide fun and a semblance of normality in their lives.
||Africa, Asia & Latin America|
|Organisation||Tripartite programme between the International Olympic Committee, Samsung and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
||January 2012 – December 2013
|Target group age
||Young people living in camps in the UNHCR’s care
||150,000 over the two-year programme
||The IOC, Samsung and the UNHCR
||20 countries targeted. Six sports covered (football, volleyball, basketball, netball, table tennis). There are currently more than 42 million refugees around the world.
Spanning over two years, the programme consists of the distribution of IOC-UNHCR-Samsung Sports Kits in 20 countries throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America. Each IOC Sports Kit contains basic equipment and material for about 300 players, including balls, bibs, caps, shirts and chalk to mark out a field. This two-year programme will allow over 150,000 young people living in refugee camps in the UNHCR’s care (and potentially 300,000 beneficiaries, including indirect ones such as populations in the camps, neighbouring communities involved in sporting activities, etc.) to get active and play.
KEYS TO SUCCESS
Multi-sector collaboration and support
A key reason for the success of the sports kits programme is its unique collaboration model. By combining their expertise, the IOC, the UNHCR and Samsung have given to the programme a unique and ambitious scope. In addition, Samsung’s financial support makes this programme financially feasible.
Provide refugees with something different
One of the main reasons for the success of this programme is that it provides refugees with something that can make them dream. In refugee camps, the time for fun is relatively small and the IOC-UNHCR-Samsung Sports Kits programme is innovative in this way.
IOC-UNHCR-Samsung Sports Kits are easy to use and flexible depending on the local environment and natural resources available in the refugee camps..Photos © International Olympic Committee - Samsung - UNHCR
SPORT FOR ALL OBJECTIVES
Improve public health and well-being
Through the FIG Foundation Courses, the programme reaches not only coaches but also future students. As a consequence, the more coaches are educated the more young people will have the opportunity to do more sport.
Improve public health and well-being
The programme brings the joy of sport and the related psychological benefits to young refugees who have often suffered enormous atrocities. Indeed, the programme plays an important role in relieving tension and fear among people having to live together in camps and settlements.
Support active societies
The Sports Kit Programme aims to help people who have been forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence to have fun and get active. It aims to bring joy and peace within each refugee’s new life by giving them the opportunity to play sport together and helps them to integrate within their new environment through the medium of sport.
HOW IS THE PROGRAMME COMMUNICATED?
The communication is achieved through IOC, UNHCR and Samsung media platforms, mainly their websites. Some special videos made of sports activities organised in some camps and a photo gallery are also used to promote the programme.
HOW IS THE PROGRAMME EVALUATED?
One year after the programme was launched; the project has been implemented in 10 of the 20 beneficiary countries, directly benefitting an estimated 76,000 young people. An evaluation is being carried at this current time, halfway through the programme, by the beneficiary organisation.