Copyright © Gol de Letra

Description: Using sports to assists kids at risk. Gol de Letra, located in the suburbs of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), is a NGO that uses sports, education, and culture to help kids embrace “knowledge, culture and citizenship.” The program works with families, schools and institutions connected to the local communities to ensure that the kids recieve enough attention and support from all areas.

How it started: The organization was founded in 1998 by  Raií and Leonardo (famous soccer players)

Its Mission: Contribute to the educational development of children and teenagers in order they can act with autonomy to change their realities.

Its Vision: Being acknowledged as an organization that develops and disseminates practices which contribute to social changing.

Its Success: Currently, Gol de Letra is helping 1,3000 youth through its programs.

Its Values

  • Dignity
  • Fraternity
  • Perseverance
  • Solidarity

(Information courtesy of Gol de Letra)

If you are interested and want to know more, visit




Copyright © Briza Skateboard

Description: Helping kids in Rio de Jinero through skateboarding. Briza Skateboard, located in the Irajá district, helps local kids through the power of skateboarding. The program is now a social inclusion project that focus on allowing different kids to network and communicate through skateboarding.

How it started: Originally, Briza Skateboard was just a small scale project located in a single neighborhood. Its skateboarding park consisted of a few obstacles on a school compound.

If you are interested and want to know more, visit (English) or (Portuguese)





Copyright © AKWOS

Description: Using soccer and education to alleviate poverty, to teach about AIDS/HIV, and to allay trauma in East Africa. AKWOS, which started in Rwanda, has focused on helping Rwandan women ease the trauma from the Rwandan genocide.

Its Mission:

  • To promote Women’s sports in Rwanda and in the Region;
  • To raise Women’s awareness of sports activities;
  • To assist Rwandan Women in the promotion of their rights;
  • To assist Rwandan women in the creation of a forum for integration and Reconciliation through sports;
  • To promote awareness and education among Rwandan Women about HIV/AIDS, Unity and Reconciliation, Women Rights, Gender-Based Violence, Peace and Security, Social and Economic Rights ;
  • To provide a meeting ground inclusive of women from different classes, Educational and Ethnic backgrounds;
  • To use sports as a tool to heal the trauma caused by the 1994 Rwanda Genocide;
  • To monitor and evaluate Women project activities.

Its Objectives:

  • Promote women’s soccer in Rwanda and in the region.
  • Draw the women’s attention to sport activities
  • Assist Rwandan women promote their rights and self-confidence
  • Promote awareness among Rwandan women about the dangers of the HIV/AIDS Pandemic
  • Create through women’s sports a forum for integration and reconciliation
  • Provide a meeting point between the elite and uneducated women for exchange of ideas

(Information courtesy of AKOWS)

For more information please visit:

Matthew Yung

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