The Darfur United Soccer Academy in camp Goz Amer is scheduled to begin at 2pm each day. However, everyday, starting as early as 11am, boys and girls come to the Little Ripples School where DUSA is held, and ask if they can register to join. Come 1pm, and dozens of boys and girls start to trickle in, waiting eagerly for the DUSA coaches to arrive. When the coaches finally do arrive, they are swarmed by children worried they won’t get their chance to sign-up.
Women passing by carrying water stop and watch, curious about what is taking place. I walked out of a Little Ripples classroom in a hurry to do something and I too stopped at the sight. It was remarkable to see. Amongst an environment that is filled with daily distractions, stresses and uncertainties, here are these kids, sitting quietly, in a safe space designed to support their healing, growth, and happiness.
Thank to each of you who has made the Darfur United Soccer Academy in Goz Amer possible. Your contributions are making real impact today.