Soyapango is the most populous city in the state of San Salvador (Est. 2014: 276K) and the third most violent in the country. The chronic violence that the youth of Soyapango have been exposed to has impacted their emotional, academic, and behavior. As many of the youth residing in Soyapango have witnessed community violence, its residents live with a never-ending feeling of fear. The gangs control the entire territory and the indirect victims are far more numerous. Residents are afraid as their reign of violence is merciless and severe. The leaders of the communities understand that culture plays a key role in violence, and they try to prevent the situation from worsening. Cesar Carrión, who works for the City´s Town Hall in the department of Trash Collection, founded in 2010 the Soccer Academy “Villa Kiwanis” with the sole objective of rescuing the youth that live directly exposed to violence. The school holds classes on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon.
Why is it important?
César is a man with limited resources and lacks the support of any organization. However, Cesar has used his own resources to keep the academy running. Together with the community, Cesar has been able to purchase soccer equipment for training. After 7 years of hard work and sacrifice, Cesar has witnessed the positive influence sports activities has on the physical, psychological and social development of children. The community has successfully kept these children away from joining the gangs.
Cesar works overtime to cover the operating costs of the Soccer Academy. His noble and sacrificed work has transformed the lives of many young people, where today apart from practicing a sport, they have understood the benefits of living a life with values and principles far from bad habits and behaviors.
How will the funds be used?
This project seeks to support the community with the donation of sports equipment. The children play barefoot and used inappropriate clothing. Due to the lack of basic equipment to held proper training, the team avoid participating in tournaments.
Needs Cost | Item | # of Beneficiaries | Total Amount
Soccer Balls | $12 | 30 | $360
Uniforms | $3 | 125 | $375
Sneakers | $12 | 80 | $960
Grand Total = $1,695
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