From the moment Julio and Erica (and Erica’s children) dreamed up the final ideas for Kids In Cleats, the organization has been a host for collaborative compassion. So far, we have completed Phase 1 of our plan. We are looking for empathetic donors who are seeking to make the world a better place to help us bring our vision to reality.
Our current challenge is to build the security wall around our facility and to ensure that the soccer pitch is up to US and European standards. We have already completed the foundation of the wall around our field and we are excited to get the rest of our infrastructure completed so that we can begin to have our teams play safely in their very own facility.
Our overall mission is to use soccer as the vehicle for children to rise out of poverty through education, self-empowerment and sport in Cameroon, Africa. Through sport the goal is to engage young people and their families and help with education, food security and relationships with job training programs. This will provide the individual and community with the ability to break the cycle of poverty and improve the standard of living. A special effort will be made to have a specific girls’ program. This specialized program will focus on empowering these young girls and providing them with the tools to succeed within their social and familial environments.
Our long-term goal is to have proper soccer fields, a multi-purpose community center, a working farm, and a solid coaching staff that will not only be great trainers but also mentors for our kids. Each kid will be expected to meet educational goals and will hopefully be able to enter into secondary school and/or specific training programs. Further, it will be mandatory that our kids attend monthly or bi-monthly learning sessions that will focus on HIV/AIDS awareness, safe sex practices, type 1 diabetes, and various other health care issues.