“Sport has the power to change the world, it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.”

-Nelson Mandela

About Oasis Football for Life…

 Oasis Football for Life is an Oasis initiative serving as a central supportive, consultative, and resourcing body for the implementation, development and monitoring of football projects across the Oasis family.

Across the world in the communities where Oasis works, children and young people are at risk of early sexual activity, vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and other Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and often engage in drug and alcohol abuse, violence, and other anti-social behaviour.

Oasis Football for Life projects work with these vulnerable and marginalised children and young people, using football as the medium for building confidence and self-esteem, and teaching valuable life skills, helping them to make healthy and informed life choices.

Alongside the numerous benefits of simply training and playing football together, Oasis Football for Life also supports young people through ‘catch up’ academic support, life skills and health education, mentoring, and practical training.

This holistic approach helps young people to develop the skills and confidence to navigate through the many negative and challenging influences in their communities, avoiding engagement in gang activity, drug and alcohol abuse, and early sexual activity, and enabling them to actively engage in their own personal transformation and that of the communities in which they live.

Oasis Football for Life currently has a primary focus on projects in Uganda, India, Mozambique, South Africa and the UK, but also supports projects in Zimbabwe and Kyrgyzstan.

Jorum’s Story

Jorum joined the Beersheba Football Club, an Oasis Football for Life project run by Oasis Uganda, in 2005. Here he tells his story of how Football for Life transformed him…

 “On joining the Beersheba Football Club, I had a terrible peer group, and had no respect for anyone regardless of who they were; this meant that I was hated and rejected by everyone, but I am proud of the Beersheba Football Club for what it has made me today.

“My coaches kept encouraging me and if it were not for them, I would be a nobody at this moment. Football activities kept me busy and productive rather than being idle or engaging in destructive habits.

“I wished to become a teacher and my coaches kept encouraging me to work hard, be focused and to love learning in order to achieve the best in life.

“I always share learning, advice and encouragement with my team mates and other youth in the community, and try to mentor and counsel them because Beersheba has prepared me to care for and support others. Some of my friends are now living a hopeless life, but I chose to stay at school and to endure all the challenges I faced in order to have a better future.

“I was the first person in my family and clan to go to university and in 2017, I graduated with a 2:1 Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. I am living my dream of being a teacher.”

For more information about Football for Life please contact dave.caswell@oasisglobal.org

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