Football for Hope Festival 2014 ends

By Buckley Fedha

The Football for Hope Festival 2014 that was being held in Caju, Rio de Janeiro ends Thursday in Brazil.

The event has brought together football-based social organizations from around the world for a unique intercultural exchange and a football tournament.

Gender-mixed teams of young leaders compete in a tournament without referees, and any disagreements on the pitch are resolved through dialogue putting the emphasis on fair play.

The 32 delegation represent projects which tackle a variety of social issues, from social integration programmes for disadvantaged communities in the UK, France, Germany and the US, to HIV/AIDS education in South Africa, drug abuse, violence and gender inequality in Brazil and a joint Peace Team from Israel and Palestine.

Football for Hope is a FIFA initiative contributing to social development around the world, first launched in 2005 and responsible for the “20 Centres for 2010” campaign during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Since the initiative’s launch, FIFA has invested 36 million dollars aimed at getting young people off dangerous streets and instilling the ideas of fair-play and co-operation, as well as drawing attention to anti-racism causes.