Projects for Peace: The Vision of Kathryn W. Davis

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Playing for a Goal in Siem Reap

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Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Valentina Cabanzo
  • Sergi Sauras

Playing for a Goal in Siem Reap

Sergi and Valentina created Playing for a Goal to provide both children and trainers with the tools and knowledge to codesign and execute a sustainable sports program for underprivileged children in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Their project was conceived as an inclusive program to bring together boys, girls, minorities, and children with disabilities to give them all the opportunity to play together for a goal.

Working together with partner and local nongovernmental organization Globalteer was key to their project in terms of logistics, training, playing fields, and transportation. Playing for a Goal took place in multiple schools and directly reached over 100 children. Discussions were held on topics such as equality, leadership, courage, friendship, and even protection against sexual diseases — all through sports and fun games. And together with Globalteer, Sergi and Valentina developed a strategy for sustaining the initiative.

Sergi and Valentina were inspired by the basic idea that sports can be a catalyst for social change. The tools, resources, knowledge, references, and materials that Playing for a Goal provided to Globalteer ensures a long-term application of an approach that proved effective and seems scalable from small village schools to larger communities.