Once a safe haven in South America, the situation in Ecuador has visibly worsened over the past few years: It is now marked by insecurity and a vast increase of violence across the country, all while continuing to host numerous refugees and migrants from Colombia and Venezuela. In collaboration with FUDELA and UNHCR, the Football Club Social Alliance educates 45 Young Coaches to use football as a tool to promote resilience, integration, and mental well-being of children.
November, 2023 – March, 2024
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Ecuador was once considered one of the safest countries in South America. However, in recent years there has been a steady increase in violence and insecurity: homicide rates have spiked, forced recruitment of children and youth into criminal groups has become more regular and robberies, shootings and kidnappings are prevalent across the country. Despite its internal insecurities and challenges, Ecuador continues to demonstrate great solidarity with refugees: They currently host over 450’000 refugees and migrants, mainly from Colombia and Venezuela, with many of them relying on the support of institutions and organizations such as the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
In light of these circumstances and to create a safe environment for children, the Football Club Social Alliance (FCSA) has teamed up with UNHCR and local organisation FUDELA (Fundación de las Americas para el Desarrollo) to educate 45 committed young adults to become grassroots football coaches and community leaders. Through the education, they not only learn how to provide structured and safe sports activities for children in their communities, but also how to use football to promote resilience and foster inclusion.
Coming from 10 provinces and over 20 different organisations, the coaches’ activities provide a safe space to hundreds of children from vulnerable communities across the country, including children from the host, refugee and migrant population.
Our Young Coaches are community leaders and role models in less privileged societies. They commit themselves to support the children of their communities by conveying important social topics (conflict resolution, inclusion, HIV prevention, etc.) through football. Each of the Young Coaches represents a unique personal story.
Adriana organises sport activities in Esmeraldas, a city that has evolved as one of Ecuador’s key drug trafficking hubs and thus experienced a considerably worsening security situation over the past years. Her primary goal is to establish a secure environment for children through sport and to provide them with a sense of belonging. With this objective, she aspires to be a coach who serves as a role model and mentor for the children.
From facing challenges as a barber in Venezuela to starting over as an entrepreneur in Ecuador, Kobe’s story is one of resilience. His journey involved transitioning from baseball to basketball, establishing a Venezuelan team in Santo Domingo with his coach and some friends. Thanks to the sport, the Young Coach is pursuing both his professional and personal goals.
Participating partner clubs
Main local partners
Further partner organisations