Name: Sierra Leone
IBAN: BE57 7330 6047 0335
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Dear family, friends and hockey / sports community,
Hockey, and sports in general, has a place close to our hearts. It connects us, creates friendships for life and shares important life lessons such as discipline, working for each other and taking up responsibility. Even more so, it makes us dream about big moments and lets us pursue our goals as a team.
People in Sierra Leone, one of the poorest countries in the world, do not always have a lot to dream about. They have recently been tormented by catastrophes and often just live from day to day. People still feel the consequences from one of the continent’s bloodiest and deadliest civil wars ~20 years ago and also one the largest health crises, Ebola, left the country and its population deeply scarred.
We want to share our love for the sport and all the lessons we learned with the people (children and young adults) from Sierra Leone to make them dream, let them inspire each other and connect in a positive way. We - Henri Raes, Henri Denayer, Jeffrey van Aart, Jules Noten, Jerôme van den Bergh and Alberto de Koning - will travel to Sierra Leone on the 25th of May for 2 weeks with the mission to further develop the sport in the country by sharing our own knowledge, distributing equipment, and organizing training camps and tournaments across the country. In addition, we will open up the sport to new kids across the country through collaborating with orphanages and other social impact organizations on the ground (e.g. Uman Tok).
Jules and Jeffrey (facilitated by the organization Sierra Leone Hockey Trust ) were already in Sierra Leone in May 2021 and were shocked by the conditions and circumstances in which these children and adolescents live and play hockey. Often on asphalt or dust fields covered by plastics or splinters, and this on very old shoes with limited protection. Sticks are often completely broken and equipment, such as protecting gear and proper clothing, is non-existent or in very bad condition. Therefore, we decided to help these children and give them an amazing hockey experience when we go down there, like we all received in our younger years at KHC Dragons.
We are asking for help to:
- Rent the only artificial turf field in the country for 3-4 days to organize a huge training camp, introduce new people to the sport and set up a tournament (days like this are truly among the best of the year for the people in Sierra Leone – they are already looking forward for months)
- Purchase special hockey balls (larger and lighter) to improve training conditions and increase safety
- Enable logistics / transport of ~500 Osaka KHC Dragons shirts which we have received and will distribute
- Enable logistics / transport of sticks, shoes and other hockey gear which we have collected last year
- Coaching gear (e.g. Coaching boards)
In addition, we will open up the sport to new kids across the country through a collaboration with Uman Tok. Uman Tok envisions: a well-informed gender equal world where children reach their full potential by staying in school with heightened knowledge on Sexual and Reproductive Health Education and access to affordable re-usable menstrual hygiene options; a world where parents, guardians and communities are empowered to model informed healthy practices that align with their goals & values.
We can use every little bit of help to make our mission a successful one. By contributing with a donation of free choice, you too can be part of our charity trip. We will keep everyone up to date during our trip with pictures and videos (keep an eye on this Instagram page ). We would like to thank every single one of you in advance for your donation. We are more than grateful for your contributions and support!