Sports for Development Programme With Children In Street Situations

Sport is “all forms of physical activity that contribute to physical fitness, mental well-being and social interaction, such as play, recreation, organized or competitive sport, and indigenous sports and games”

Over the years an immense potential has been observed that sports participation offers for child development. Sport becomes a strategy when it is used as a tool to address challenging developmental issues facing various populations.

The United Nations General Assembly in its Resolution 58/5, entitled "Sport as a means to promote Education, Health, Development and Peace", recognized the positive values of sport and physical education and acknowledged the challenges presented before the world of sport today.

Azad Foundation, in recognition of UN guidelines and after reviewing its 10 year outreach work, adapted sports for development as programming strategy for children in street situations in 2011 and had gone miles since its pilot back then.

The main factors identified behind this change in strategy were a) children in street situations had limited access to protection services due to static nature of center based approach and standard engagement protocols were too dry and/or unattractive for them to be motivated enough to be engaged in the rehabilitation/reintegration process, b) increasing at-risk population of children, living in communities with poor living conditions and resources that can push them into street situations, were unattended of integrated interventions that would engage the children and adults at the same time in order to prevent them from coming to streets and c) cost of conventional interventions to engage, rehabilitate and reintegrate children in street situations was too high.

Sport, especially football due to its highly engaging nature, was chosen after a series of in-house and external consultations and review of global best practices. A model was designed and piloted in 2011/12 which was the first to address both protection and prevention aspects of programming for children in street situations. The model packaged the services around sport with rehabilitation cycle initiated with introduction of sport in subgroups of children in street situations. The outcomes of this pilot led to full-fledged programming in subsequent years. The results the intervention were beyond expectations as children’s engagement at outreach and in communities increased to 27%, engagement of children in protection and prevention services increased to 217%, number of relapse cases dropped 34% as reunification ratio went up to 94% and all this was achieved with 41% less budget allocation and utilization than previous years.

Apart from success in grassroots implementation, the sport for development programme also gave Azad Foundation’s policy advocacy programme a boost when a team of former children in street situations was chosen and sent to Rio, Brazil to participate in Street Child Football World Cup 2014. Their success in this event built up the momentum for protection of rights of children in street situations in Pakistan through a historical nation-wide campaign. Azad Foundation plans to use sports as an effective tool to prevent children becoming street children, use their right to play and by doing so keep safe from clutches of criminal elements, socially reintegrate and walk the road to self-improvement and development. Azad foundation envisions that at least 5000 street connected children will be benefited from its program.

Funding Required.

US$ 100,000 Per Annum

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