The operation, in collaboration with the UN, involves the construction of camps especially for children. President Al Khelaifi: “We want to consolidate our humanitarian strategy”
Almost one million people, half of them children. These are the impressive numbers of the refugee camp of Cox’s Bazar, in Bangladesh, the largest in the world. A megalopolis of shacks largely inhabited by a Rohingya population, a Muslim minority fleeing persecution in neighboring Burma since the early 1990s. And right here, in the heart of one of the most serious humanitarian crises on the planet, Paris Saint Germain is the first club to open mini sports centers in the autumn, to bring a smile thanks also to football.
The operation, which the Parisian club is developing in close collaboration with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the Dutch humanitarian start-up Klabu, involves the construction of meeting places to allow thousands of children, who make up 52% of refugees to Cox’s Bazar, to practice some sport. Football, but also basketball and other activities, including online, with the possibility of training, participating in tournaments or watching sports events, football matches on TV, perhaps by Neymar and Mbappé, engaged with the blue Kean as testimonial of the initiative. Each center, branded Psg and developed with the local NGO Friendship, will work autonomously thanks to solar panels, and will be equipped with libraries, which are in turn mobile, thanks to the use of trucks equipped with sports equipment to move around the field .
The Emir of Qatar’s club finances the “Defined by Spirit” operation also by selling a line of T-shirts in its chain of stores, which can also be purchased on the Klabu online site. The objective of the first phase, which will start in autumn, is to guarantee at least 10 thousand children, their families and any refugee “without distinction of age and gender”, a safe place to meet and practice physical activity with the availability of clothing. suitable: shoes, shorts, socks, t-shirt. “Access to sport – emphasizes PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi – should be a right for any child, regardless of origins and contexts. Through this project, the result of two years of intense work, we want to consolidate our humanitarian strategy to make to feel important and part of a community at least a small portion of the 80 million refugees on our planet. It is only a first step and we hope to extend the initiative to the entire football community. ”
May 27 – 10:44 am
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