Thu, 28 Oct, 2021
Kuala Lumpur: The first joint project between the AFC and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) focusing on helping Rohingya refugees lead better lives was launched today in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The programme will provide an opportunity to 120 refugee children and their parents to take part in football and other sports activities, at the same time furthering health awareness and promoting education.
Sixteen boys and sixteen girls between 7 and 16 years of age took part in the football activities at the launch event.
One of the participants, Sharifah Binti Hafiz Abdul Jalil, 13, said: “What I enjoy best in football is competing with others. Football gives you dignity. I have played since I was 9 but this programme has helped me to play in a team in a structured way. I’m really enjoying it.”
Jaafar Ahmad’s, also 13, football hero is Neymar.
He said: “I am really privileged to take part in this programme: we get to play football every weekend and we have great facilities. We have also been given football boots and kits and I’m really happy to play with my team.”