Limakids: Helping Vulnerable Children Through Sport
Organized by: Elena Rosen-Checa
Hey everyone! As many of you may know, I am currently fundraising for a project called Limakids, of the Peruvian NGO PRISMA (http://www.prisma.org.pe/blog/limakids/). Limakids works with children and adolescents between the ages of 6 and 19 living in various institutional residences, who have been abandoned, orphaned, or, due to conditions out of their control, forced to leave home. Exposed to life on the streets, violence, drug-addiction, physical and sexual abuse, and adult negligence, this marginalized population often suffers great damage to mental health as a result. Limakids seeks to address this issue through the use of sport as a tool to better mental and physical health, providing a futsal league (a variant of soccer) - La Liga Limakids - specifically for this group of children and adolescents.
From a medical standpoint, physical exercise and the practice of sport have proven mental health benefits, suggesting the potential for reducing depression and anxiety in the children and adolescents who participate in La Liga. In Limakids’ methodology, moreover, sport also serves as a tool for education and socialization, using rules based on “fair play” as well as appropriate adult role models (coaches and trainers) to foster important social skills and values within the children.
Today, we work with around 24 different homes in Lima and Callao, with over 600 boys, girls, and adolescents benefiting from our program annually. Each year the numbers of participants grows, but so does the need for increased funding. Although we rely in part on the sponsorship of large foundations, such as Laureus Sport for Good Foundation (www.laureus.com, https://www.laureus.com/projects/south-america/la-liga-limakids ), our work is equally dependent on donations from individuals and businesses – without which we would be unable to continue offering these programs, which have such a meaningful impact on these all too frequently overlooked children.
We are currently struggling to secure funds for the upcoming season, so I am hoping that I can help make a difference by raising money through Crowdrise! Thank you for your support - any donation, no matter how large or small, can make a difference!
~ Elena ~
PS: If you would like to learn more about the project, please feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org!