|Project:||“Football for street kids" Austrian NGO "Jugend Eine Welt - Don Bosco Aktion Austria"|
|Date of foundation:||1997|
In the Salesian Football scene we don't only talk of goals!
Football and the Salesians of Don Bosco - an inseparable pair
Bro. Raymundo Mesquita SDB of Brazil has been working for many years with the Austrian "Jugend Eine Welt - Don Bosco Aktion Austria" NGO. He has received many awards for his work with street children in Brazil. "They learn to play as a team and with a correct attitude to their opponent in football. They also learn to respect the referee and accept defeat. They can all share a victory in common. But not everyone has the ability to be a football star and we would not achieve all of our aims just through sport" says Bro. Raymund, who does so much for the rights of minors. "We encourage the boys to go to school or learn a trade."
In Ecuador, too, the Salesians have had projects in place for "Street kids” since the 80's. In the "GolA.S.O." football schools in Quito, Esmeraldas, Santo Domingo and Guayaquil they have a motto: "play and study." TheGolA.S.O sports school is an education programme that has the street children's interests in football as a basis and where the acronym is evidence of the values that these youngsters approve of: Friendship, Solidarity and Organisation (Amicizia Solidarietà Organizzazione). As well as football's ability to bring them together, it also involves other family members, a fact that helps the youngsters to be re-integarted into family and to abandon their street existence.
In the formation centre inTijuana, Mexico the first aim is to support the childrenl and older youngsters in all their needs and problems. Formal and informal education is on offer. Football is one of the main activities in their free time there are also religion courses and a "school for parents"
"Keep your eye on the ball" for children and young people in need
Jugend Eine Welt also supports the Salesians of Don Bosco and Salesian Sisters with funding plans for young people in need. Between them they have centres of formation and leisure centres, schools and homes for street children.
The “ Football for street kids" work as a support for football schools
"The footballs we sell are a motivation" says Reinhard Heiserer, Jugend Eine Welt Director. "Buying fair trade footballs from this campaign is a symbol of global loyalty and solidarity."
In the last two years more than 4,000 of these balls have been sold and have enabled much benefit as a result. The Austrian Football League, famous football stars and artists support the Jugend Eine Welt campaign.
Jugend Eine Welt - Don Bosco Aktion Austria
Director: Reinhard Heiserer
St. Veit-Gasse 25,
|Tel:||+43/1/879 07 07 - 0|