Football For Hope In Cambodia
FIFA’s “Football for Hope” movement recently gathered pace with a visit to Cambodia and a review of the steps taken to address the dangers of landmines by one of its newest implementing partners.
“Spirit of Soccer”, which uses the medium of football to educate children about the threat posed by landmines and unexploded ordnance, was among the 27 additional programmes recently approved by FIFA as part of its commitment to social responsibility.
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter said: “Cooperating with organisations like Spirit of Soccer and supporting programmes that use football as a tool for social and human development is at the very heart of the Football for Hope movement and FIFA’s social responsibility.”
Federico Addiechi, FIFA’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, and Juergen Griesbeck, the managing director of Streetfootballworld -FIFA’s strategic ally in the Football for Hope movement – visited the Spirit of Soccer project in Battambang, a four-hour drive north of Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. The rural province surrounding the south-east Asian country’s second-largest city is an area where, on average, one civilian is killed or maimed every day by exploding mines.