By the end of 2019, an estimated 34 million children (of 79.5 million people) were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, violence or human rights violations. That is an increase of 8.7 million people over the previous year, and the world's forcibly displaced population remained at a record high.
FundLife uses sport as a strategic tool for peacebuilding and to support the positive development of post-conflict situations. Sport works primarily by bridging relationships across social, economic and cultural divides within society, and by building a sense of shared identity and fellowship among groups that might otherwise be inclined to treat each other with distrust, hostility or violence.
The use of sport for reconciliation and peace has been widely accepted as a fundamental apparatus to unite children and create community connectedness and more tolerant societies, as well as directly opposing threats of recruitment for extremist ideologies and armed groups.
FundLife uses sport and play for youth reconciliation and to foster equitable, multi-cultural youth networks and in communities affected by conflict.
Working within the global framework of the Football 3 methodology developed by, Street Football World, and using a UNESCO developed learning curriculum for mutual respect and values, FundLife work with communities and local partners to promote inclusivity and belongingness for children impacted by conflict.
Through an innovative approach to the beautiful game that includes mix-gender teams, youth are provided with the support to use dialogue to overcome differences and are taught how to mediate games where mutual respect and fair-play is just as important as scoring goals.
Our sports for peace and reconciliation projects have directly impacted over 4,000 youth who have been internally displaced due to conflict and violence. In addition to implementing projects direclty, we have worked with global partners such as UNESCO, Coaches Across Continents, War Child to share curriculums and provide technical support in the design and evaluation of sports for peace programming.
Some of the countries and partners we have provided support to include;
Genesis - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Foundation for Education and Development - Myanmar
Gawad Kalinga - Philippines
War Child - Lebanon
Al-Khair Foundation - Nepal