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Increasing access to sports activities of marginalized children from Al Amari Refugee Camp

The Al Amari Refugee Camp is situated in the Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate. It was established around the year 1949 by the United Nations Relief Agency for Refugees in the Near East. At present, the Camp covers the area of 0.93 km2 and is inhabited by 10,500 registered refugees, spaces between the buildings are smaller than half a metre and there is no greenery or trees. Except for an old and destroyed playground at the Palestinian Child Club, children have nowhere to go to spend their time safely.

Creating an environment for children where they can broaden their skills, improve self-discipline and their sense of belonging is an important aspect of development. Sport is another efficient tool which can be used to accomplish these goals. Therefore, there is a need to create a new institution - a football school, which would organise safe extra-curricular educational and sports activities for children from the refugee camp.

Increasing access to sports activities of marginalized children from Al Amari Refugee Camp

The project is scheduled to be implemented from 20 June to 31 December 2016 in cooperation with the Representative Office of Poland in Ramallah and its local partner, the Al Amari Youth Center (AYC). Its primary objective was to increase access to extra-curricular educational and sports activities for children from the Al Amari Refugee Camp.

The project provides for creating a Football School for children and teenagers, which could organise a number of other events. Moreover, the plan includes recruiting coaches who will participate in workshops preparing them for work at the School. Moreover, children, both girls and boys, will be recruited. The equipment necessary to create three football teams will be purchased: sports uniforms, shoes, balls and protectors.

Training sessions, which constitute the most important part of the project, will be held three times a week, two hours for each team. The purpose of creating the School is to promote gender equality and integration of the children living in the camp with the children from the surrounding area.

Seventy-five children aged 8-12 and their parents will be the direct beneficiaries of the project. Moreover, creating the School will strengthen the operations of the AYC and the Palestinian Child Club as well as create new employment opportunities for the coaches.

Increasing access to sports activities of marginalized children from Al Amari Refugee Camp

The project was implemented from 3 August to 15 December 2016. Its primary objective was to increase access to safe extra-curricular educational and sports activities for children from the Al Amari Refugee Camp, which should facilitate their development and decrease further marginalisation. The objective was accomplished by creating a Football School for children and teenagers, which is now attended by 75 children divided into three teams (two for boys and one for girls). Children and coaches were recruited and the sports uniforms and the necessary equipment which were purchased feature the Polish Aid logo. Since the opening of the School, the children have participated in regular trainings and competitions. Moreover, the Club offers them sports, charity or social and cultural activities to strengthen their sense of belonging to the community and contribute to their personal development. Gender equality and integration of the children living in the camp with the children from the surrounding area are promoted.

The project was co-financed by the Polish Aid grant amounting to approximately PLN 117,000 (EUR 28,000) and its entire value amounted to approximately PLN 125,000 (EUR 30,000). For the purposes of calculation, the following exchange rate was applied: EUR 1 = PLN 4.1749.