We are excited to share about the success of the July 2016 Amahoro (peace) tournament. You can view even more information, photos, and video on the tournament page, here.
First, all of us at Resilience International (RI) in Portland and Bujumbura wish to express our most sincere gratitude to the board of Oregon Adult Soccer Association (OASA) for sponsoring this tournament. Their generosity made the tournament possible and we are humbled and grateful for all they have done for the Bujumbura community and our organization.
The tournament was another huge success. Participants were ages 18-35 and are considered the most politically vulnerable. Each day of the tournament was attended by about 2000 people.
Ezechiel in Bujumbura sent us a great tournament wrap up, view it on the tournament page, here.
Those of us at RI were so pleased to hear the impact the tournament had on the participants, coaches, and community. We are especially excited that they mentioned forming a soccer league and even the girls tournament (see below for more). Planning is already underway for this tournament in December. You can find out more information by visiting the planning page here.
August Kids' Camp
Please note we are still fundraising for the August Kid's Community Camp in Bujumbura. Just $25 sends a kid to camp for two weeks. There they will help with community projects, learn to work together, play some soccer, and leave with their school supplies for the year. Typically, children have to work the entire summer to earn enough money for their supplies. Please consider helping us continue to make an impact in Bujumbura. To learn more about the tournament, visit our planning page here or donate here.
December Girls' Tournament
We are so thrilled to be planning the first ever girls' tournament in Bujumbura! Ezechiel and his team are contacting girls and other stakeholders from different neighborhoods who are interested in playing for peace. During the just recent tournaments few girls showed up on the fields to support their brothers who were playing soccer. It is in our plan to make girls soccer a permanent event for promotion of peace in Burundi. Extending soccer skills to the girls will empower them to push themselves to claim their rights in the society, fight all sorts of injustices, stand against violence and for peace, and equality. We will continue to post tournament details on the tournament page. We will have donation information available soon.
NW LCMS invited us to share our story on their site. Check it out here.
Finally, we just thank each and every one of you for supporting our organization. It is your support that makes all of this possible.
Alexis, Casey, Gwen, and MeLeesa