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STREET SPORTS TO HELP CHILDREN IN LEBANON

The new program Lebanon Street Sport Relief (LSSR) is targeted children and young people with refugee background as well as the Lebanese hosting community. Every child in the world have a right to play sport – but often children with refugee background do not have that opportunity. Therefore, the purpose of LSSR is to educate 150 young people with refugee background as street sport instructors and role models – a position which will cover their basic survival needs (food, water, shelter, etc.). They will thereby teach and coordinate street sport for 1,500 children and young people who will have their living conditions improved through sports.

“For children who have fled a war, a game of street basketball may not be the first need you come to think of. But there is a reason why sports and play is a human right of the child as it brings joy and friendships to the children and overshadow the grief and horrors they have witnessed. With this new relief initiative I’m delighted that GAME will be able to make a small difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable children and their families in Lebanon”. The Chairman in GAME, Anders Rendtorff says.

In a partnership with the organization Basmeh & Zeitooneh, GAME Lebanon is already implementing activities for refugee children and youth in the Palestinian refugee camp Shatila in the heart of Beirut’s southern neighborhood. In 2016 the activities in the camp engaged no less than 631 children and youth at one of Basmeh & Zeitooneh’s centers with a 35 % female attendance. Basmeh & Zeitooneh has another six similar centers across the country where they provide relief and development for Syrian and Palestinian refugees, as well as marginalized Lebanese communities. It is the intention to use this infrastructure to scale-up the successful activities already tested.

The project is financed by The Danish Emergency Relief Fund (DERF) which is a humanitarian funding mechanism managed within a partnership between Save the Children Denmark, Start Network, and Civil Society in Development (CISU), with CISU as the lead organization.