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Description: It is a child’s inherent right to be allowed to play. Right To Play believes in the power of play as a tool for education, a catalyst for change, and a positive force in the lives of at-risk children and youth. Play can bring entire communities together and inspire every individual. A game of football can teach children about tolerance and peace, and a game of tag can teach them about malaria. Playing helps teach important life lessons and develop skills like cooperation, leadership and teamwork.
How it began: In 1993, Johann Olav Koss led a humanitarian trip to Eritrea. As the ambassador of Olympic Aid, he saw the realities of life in a country suffering from decades of war. Amidst burned tanks and rubbles, Koss saw a glimpse of hope. A boy took off his long sleeve shirt and shared it as a soccer ball. Koss promised to return the following year with a proper soccer ball. After winning 3 Gold medals in the 1994 winter Olympics, Koss pledged his $30,000 medal bonus to Olympic aid. He asked his fellow Norwegians to also donate. Returning to Eritrea with sports equipment, Koss gave the children of Eritrea a hope to play like all other kids in the world. After that trip, Olympic Aid (later becoming Right to Play) was officially established as a fundraising body.
Its Success: Right to Play has positively impacted 1,000,000 children into participating in weekly sports or activities. Furthermore, of these children, 49% are girls!
Latest Information: In 2012, we reached about 43,000 children in refugee-focused programs.
If you are interested and want to know more, visit: http://www.righttoplay.com/International