Zambia Mission

This week, DSA members Barton Barker and Todd Miyabara are traveling to Africa to deliver a large donation to the people of Choma, Zambia. As many of you read in the DSA's recent post, Bart has been supporting a football club in Zambia for the past several years and it has had an incredible impact on the people in that region. DSA and community members in the past have donated large amounts of clothing and sports equipment to Bart's FC. For a community of youth that was used to playing soccer with trash bags tied into a ball with twine, while wearing flip flops or shoes with holes in them, these types of donations are greatly appreciated.

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Bart's FC helps over 250 Zambian youth, ages 8-20, most of whom are either extremely poor, orphans or are currently struggling with alcoholism or involved in prostitution/Human Trafficking. The FC gives these kids an opportunity to excel in soccer, learn leadership and most of all to be loved by people who genuinely care about them.

On this trip, Bart and Todd will deliver soccer cleats (many of which were donated through the Toros FC of Morgan Hill), soccer balls, and clothing. A donation was also made to purchase jerseys for the FC that bear the name "Bart's FC" on them. This will be the first time the players will have jerseys with their own FC name on them. 

A donation to this Gofundme campaign will help with travel costs, the cost of transporting a large amount of luggage full of donated clothing and sports equipment (one 50 lb bag of supplies costs about $180 to transport), the purchase of equipment for the FC, and other operating costs for the FC that will help the players to participate in tournaments around the country. It is also anticipated there will be some immediate medical needs for some of the players and people in the villages as has been common on past trips. If enough donations are received, the funds will also be used towards priority medical needs. 

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Donations

  • Jeremy Jones 
    • $25 
    • 6 mos
  • Steve Somerville 
    • $100 
    • 6 mos
  • John Gonzalez 
    • $100 
    • 6 mos
  • Steven Hernandez 
    • $100 
    • 6 mos
  • Dustin Davis 
    • $75 
    • 6 mos
See all

Organizer

Todd Miyabara 
Organizer
Gilroy, CA
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