The Craig Bellamy Foundation (CBF) works with underprivileged youth in Sierra Leone and uses football to promote healthy life choices, education for all, peacebuilding, gender equality and sustainable development
“To build a better future for Sierra Leone by offering children the opportunity to reach their full potential by playing the sport that they love.”
Where they work:
Why Sierra Leone?:
* Despite being rich in natural resources, Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world.
* A brutal civil war from between 1991 and 2002 left the country devastated. After 10 years of peace, life expectancy in Sierra Leone is 48 years (18 below the global average).
* The likelihood of a woman dying in childbirth is greater than anywhere on the planet (UNDP 2010).
* Less than half of the population are literate, with adults averaging less than 3 years schooling each.
* Less than 45% of children currently attending school.
What they do:
* The CBF Academy is the only professional academy in Sierra Leone. Five-year scholarships are given to children aged 11-13 who live, study and train at its state-of-the-art facilities.
* The CBF League is supported through a partnership with UNICEF. Goals of the program include increasing school attendance and respect for fair play, while also participating in community development projects. Almost 2,000 boys and girls around the country are involved in the league.
How to get involved:
* Sponsor a team: Sponsorships go towards providing scholarships for team members as well as match-day costs and community development projects.
* Sponsor a child: A sponsorship helps fund a scholarship for one of boys in the Academy, contributing to their educational, personal and athletic development.
* Volunteer opportunities: Qualified professionals in the fields of education, sport, development and communications can gain valuable experience. Send a covering letter and a CV to email@example.com for more details.
Support CBF by making a donation.