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Total funding goal: $4,750

Total funding to date: $1,305

Remaining goal: $3,445

Total Donors: 19

Connecther

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Project start date: 11/30/1899

Project completion date: 11/30/1899

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Date: 05/30/2017

Fugee School Support From Austin, TX

Caroline is an 8 year old soccer player from Austin, TX. When she saw the Project Stand Up film, she decided to create her own film to fund raise for the FIRST girls' soccer team at the Fugee School in Malaysia. Go Caroline! See Caroline's film here: https://vimeo.com/217085738/1a78628489

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Connecther Community Development Project: Fugee School Girls Soccer Team



Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The aim of the Fugee School Girls Soccer Team program is to use football (soccer) to teach female students about communication skills, leadership, teamwork, and how to take care of their physical and mental health in an interactive and fun way. This is done through weekly soccer practices, scrimmages, and participation in an annual refugee soccer school tournament, the Faisal Cup. We will provide the equipment, coaching, and transportation needed to help participants of all skill levels pass, dribble, score, win, lose, learn, and have fun through organized practices and games. 


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WHY IS CONNECTHER  INITIATING THIS PROJECT:


Connecther's vision is to elevate the status of women and girls everywhere. Connecther provides a platform for women & girls to tell their own stories and invests in projects which enhance skills of women leaders in creating sustainable impact in their local communities. A film made by some students from Fugee School, Project Stand Up (http://www.connecther.org/gitw/galleryview/id/1225) told the story of how important it is to mentor young boys about gender equality at an early age. Through the film students pointed out pre-existing stereotypes about girls especially in athletics. While providing a platform for youth to tell their stories about critical issues faced by women and girls this film also encourages girls to access space and make their voices heard by establishing a girls soccer program. The goal and outcome of this project is inherently aligned with the mission and vision of Connecther. 


Program Goal:To provide an opportunity for female students to participate in a soccer experience where they can develop positive self-esteem and build character by learning the virtues of hard work, respect, honesty, self-control, teamwork, competition and sportsmanship. Also, having refugee status puts these students on the doorstep of social exclusion from being part of activities that can enhance their skills and ability. Being on a soccer team will allow these female students to participate in competitions that can boost their confidence and at the same time, allow them feel included in society.


This project aims to address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal:

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.

Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries.”

 

Program Beneficiaries


·         ●  14 high school youth girls, ages 14-18

·         ●  14 primary school girls, ages 7-13


WHY SOCCER?


Sports contribute to physical fitness, mental well-being and social integration by providing a safe forum in which a child can develop physically, emotionally and mentally. In situations where formal education is limited or unavailable, such as in Malaysia, sport can act as a vehicle for learning. This is extremely important for refugee girls, who may be deprived other avenues for growth because of cultural beliefs or time-consuming chores, which is common at the Fugee School.  Often times, girls are more likely to miss or be taken out of school for household work and are given, in general, less opportunities as a result of community norms.

The Fugee School is committed to supporting student-led initiatives. Given the students interest in starting a girl’s soccer team, we strongly believe this is the right sport program to develop for our female students. 


Background

ABOUT THE FUGEE SCHOOL


The Fugee School is a not-for-profit initiative that provides primary and secondary education to refugee and asylum seeking children and youth living in Kuala Lumpur. At Fugee School we believe every student can realise their full potential and value by equipping them with the right academic, creative, and life skills in an environment free from discrimination and exclusion. Since being founded in early 2009, the school has grown from a small tuition centre to serving over 250 refugee students, most of whom are from Somalia and Yemen. Built on the belief that every child has the right to a quality education, the Fugee School aims to equip all students with the necessary skills to be happy, confident adults and open doors for better opportunities so that they are not left behind. 


 Project Stand Up


The Fugee School Girls Soccer Team started as a student-led initiative and has strong support and backing from the school and community. Following the creation of a short-film on gender equality-created by Fugee School students- students (male and female) proposed a Fugee School girls soccer team. The film, Project Stand Up, is based on a group of male students hearing one of their female student’s story of being told that she could not teach soccer, because she is a girl. 


More Information

Activity/Item

Item Breakdown

Cost per unit

# of units

Frequency

Total

Sports Wear







Uniform (shirt & shorts)

35 USD

28


1

980


Soccer shoes (cleats) and other miscellaneous items

40 USD

28


1

1,120.00

Activity Total


2100

Equipment


Balls

13 USD

14

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1

182


Scrimmage jerseys

25 USD

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2

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1

50


Cones

10 USD

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3

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1

30

Activity Total


262

Transportation


Practice (Bus)

37 USD

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1

24

888


Faisal Cup

87 USD

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1

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3

261

Activity Total


1149

Training




Coach Fee

100 USD

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1

12

1,200

Activity Total


1,200

Grand Total





4,711 



In 2016, the Fugee School launched an athletics program. The school now has a boys running team (sponsored by Grab Car), a boys soccer team (sponsored by World Vision Malaysia) and yoga for girls (run by volunteers). Students who are part of the athletic program at the Fugee School have shown great improvement in their academic performance, school engagement, and have taken on leadership roles within the school. The program has also proven to be a great way to get students excited, motivated, and thinking about their health.