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        Join Children Change Colombia's  'Football for Peace' 2022 Challenge!


        • Collectively, let's complete 2022 keepie-uppies! 

        • Raise £22,000 for girls and boys affected by poverty and violence in Colombia

        • Support 22 Colombian communities.

        • Renovate and improve 22 football pitches.  

        Children Change Colombia has been working since 2019 with the Afro-Colombian Community Council ACADESAN in Chocó and Valle del Cauca to improve the quality of the education of their schools, enhance their etno-education programs, prevent school dropout rates and implement environmental projects. 

        The Pacific region of Colombia has historically been inhabited by Afro-descendant and Indigenous communities, and has been particularly affected by the armed conflict and child recruitment. Many children and young people have nowhere to go to be safe from the violence surrounding them and struggle to make plans outside of the conflict.


        This year we have a new programme ´Football for Peace´ that hopes to support children through football, helping them connect with their peers and communities, giving them a sense of belonging, and teaching them to develop skills in critical thinking, empathy and managing emotions. 


        The project will provide training to local sports coaches to teach children about peace-building, gender equality and to develop their social-emotional skills, with the aim of protecting them against forced recruitment. It will also raise funds to provide football equipment and the restoration of football pitches. 


        ACADESAN is composed of 72 communities living by the river San Juan and this challenge will focus on 22. Our mid-term goal is to support all of them in our ‘Football for Peace’ project. If you would like to get involved and help us to reach the 72 communities, please send us a message to [email protected]


        How to join the challenge

        • Post a video of yourself or your team doing keepie-uppies on Instagram or if you don't have Instagram, post it on Facebook.
        • State the number of keepie-uppies you achieved.  
        • Tag 2 friends or football teams to take part in the challenge. 
        • Tag @ChildrenChangeColombia and make a donation on our donation page 
        • Watch the instructional video below

        What will my donation support?

        £30 will give one child a full football kit and boots.

        £215 will train 5 teachers on the prevention of child recruitment.

        £450 will give a whole team of children their football kit and boots.

        £1,000 will allow us to restore a football pitch.