Valentina Hogenhuis wrote -
Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America, and the second poorest in the Western hemisphere. 48% of the population lives below the national poverty line. Granada is located an hour south of Nicaragua’s capital, Managua and its international airport (MGA). A former Spanish colony, Granada is a small city located on Lake Nicaragua, widely known for its colonial-era structure and architecture as well as a burgeoning tourist industry. Spanish is the primary language and proficient local English speakers are rare. Schools in Granada are generally half,day, with a majority of youth dropping out prior to graduation from secondary school. In fact, only 48.9% of youth participate in secondary school. (UNICEF, 2013) As a result, there is a huge need for youth,centered programs to provide positive learning opportunities, and to facilitate interpersonal skills.
Soccer Without Borders' goal is to create opportunities for girls to learn valuable lessons both on and off the field. The program will build their confidence through daily educational, athletic, and social activities facilitated through soccer. This will allow the girls to suceed in community where they are often undervalued and not taught these basic skills.
Soccer Without Borders uses soccer as a means of contructive change, equipting these hard-to-reach communities with the ability to overcome barriers such as exclusion and social-stigmas attached to female soccer, allowing them to grow acheive personal sucess. Hopefully, this will allow the girls in the community to realise their inherint value and potential for sucess. SWB establishes an encouraging team environment through which participants can gain skills and confidence, and form meaningful relationships.