Location and general information

Location South Sudan
Start date 12/01/2018
End date 12/31/2019
Cost of the project €229,583
Foundation funding €162,000
Project identifier AFR-2018487
Partners Cross Culture Project Association, South Sudan Football Association, NIRAS, NIRAS in South Sudan


South Sudan is witnessing the fifth sad anniversary of a vicious civil war. The conflict raging in the country has resulted in the deaths of nearly 400,000 people and the flight of millions of others. Since 2014, South Sudan has experienced one of the largest refugee crises in the world. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 1.9 million people have been forced from their homes due to the country’s fragile security situation. The country is also facing considerable humanitarian challenges. As a result, many adults and children are forced to survive on their own, without any protection of their human rights.

Project content

The Cross Cultures Project Association is collaborating with the South Sudan Football Association to provide access to fun football activities for children affected by decades of war and conflict, and to contribute to peace and reconciliation across ethnic divides. The project will focus in particular on the integration of school dropouts and the large number of internally displaced children returning to their home areas after many years. The activities will be run by a cohort of youth leaders, youth volunteer coaches and coach assistants who will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful activities that foster the social improvement of their communities.

The project also plans to improve youth employment opportunities by partnering with NIRAS, a private company which holds a contract for a large water programme in South Sudan. The idea is to give youth volunteers the chance to develop income-generating activities or small businesses, and to take on a responsible role in vital water management committees established by NIRAS for the benefit of their communities.


The project aims to use football, business management skills, leadership and communication/mobilisation skills to actively engage people in activities that contribute to peaceful inter-ethnic relations, improve livelihoods, health and the protection of the environment and natural resources of the local communities in Juba and Torit in South Sudan.


Project activities

  • A train-the-trainers seminar will be held for people wanting to become instructors in the Open Fun Football Schools approach (how to use grassroots football as a vehicle for integration, peaceful inter-ethnic relations and social change).
  • A three-day capacity-building seminar for voluntary coaches will be conducted by the youth football ambassadors and relevant international CCPA staff.
  • A one-day seminar for assistant coaches will be organised, consisting of a mix of practical physical exercises and interactive workshops.
  • A five-day Open Fun Football Schools course will be offered to vulnerable, socially challenged and isolated children.
  • Training and coaching will be provided to the football ambassadors, coaches, assistant coaches, parents and older children from the Open Fun Football Schools on how to plan and implement environmental awareness campaigns focusing on the protection of water resources and the safe disposal of liquid and solid waste.
  • The youth football ambassadors will hold health and hygiene training on water-borne diseases and other related illnesses, which, after poor nutrition, are the leading causes of human suffering and death in South Sudan.
  • Traditional classroom training and coaching sessions on business management will be held in order to ensure people have the necessary skill set to plan and run a sustainable business in a conflict environment.

Expected results

  • 16 young people trained to become instructors and football ambassadors.
  • Recruitment of 96 voluntary coaches and 96 voluntary assistant coaches through the work of the 16 football ambassadors.
  • 1,600 children aged between 6 and 12, with a minimum of 50% girls participating, will be recruited to participate in the five-day Open Fun Football Schools courses (eight festivals, each comprising 200 children).
  • The Open Fun Football Schools process is formalised and operational providing a sustainable support structure for the volunteer-led sports activities.
  • 16 young football ambassadors will be trained in water point management.
  • The young football ambassadors will be trained in health and hygiene in a train-the-trainers event.
  • 194 voluntary coaches and assistant coaches will be trained by the instructors in health and hygiene.
  • 16 young instructors and football ambassadors will be given the opportunity to be trained and coached in business management, vocational and livelihood skills, including the facilitation of potential funding opportunities.


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