WDF’s 2023 fundraiser, Empowering Lebanese and refugee children and youth through sports to prevent NCDs, will be rolled out by GAME Lebanon, an international NGO working for social change through youth-led street sports and culture. GAME has been active in Lebanon since 2007.
The project will focus on strengthening access to public spaces for sports, addressing physical inactivity in children and youth in urban areas across Lebanon and nurturing participants’ life skills through training built around GAME’s Street Sports for Life Skills curriculum.
It will target Lebanese and refugee children and youth who live in disadvantaged urban communities and need to be more active in sports activities. It will also focus on increasing awareness about the importance of physical activity and healthy lifestyle within their local communities.
“Through this project, GAME aims to promote healthy living and proper nutrition among children in Lebanon,” says Lynn Hajj, GAME Lebanon Communications Coordinator. “It will increase the children’s weekly physical activities and provide a platform for delivering nutrition-based education to them, as well as their parents and caregivers.”
The project will take place over 18 months (2023 – 24).
Its targets include:
- 75 Playmakers (volunteer street sports instructors and role models) trained using GAME’s proven train-the-trainer concept. 12 of the Playmakers will also be coached as Health Promotion Ambassadors
- 1250 children and youth from less advantaged families attend the Playmaker-led activities and gain access to free and inclusive street sports
- Media, politicians, relevant actors and the general public increase awareness for access to organized sports and physical activity spaces