These football strips will soon be worn by children thousands of miles away from Wearside who share Sunderland’s passion for the beautiful game.
With the football season over, youngsters from the Foundation of Light’s Kicks programme are supporting the Nos Kaza initiative, which helps at-risk and vulnerable youngsters aged six to 15 who are living on the streets of Cape Verde into education.
Having been given the chance to get involved in a range of exciting projects and activities across the North East through Kicks and Sunderland AFC’s registered charity, the group have been inspired to give something back to improve the lives of others in less fortunate situations than themselves. The kits were laid out yesterday at the Seaburn Centre, on Sunderland’s seafront, to show how many youngsters are said to benefit from the donations.
Leading logistics and international mail services company TNT have pledged their support of the appeal by transporting the kit 3,000 miles to Cape Verde, which is on the west coast of Africa, free of charge. Nos Kaza, meaning “Our House”, was established in 2010 by the Institute for Capeverdean Children and Adolescents (ICCA) with the mission of providing support and a positive influence to the lives of at-risk children and youths.
The project addresses the situations which cause homelessness amongst children in Cape Verde such as social exclusion, commercial exploitation, substance misuse, teen pregnancy, begging and unhealthy working conditions. Donations allow Nos Kaza to integrate children into the official school system, distribute school materials, offer education and sports activities focused on personal and development skills as well as medical assistance.
Donations can be dropped off at the Stadium of Light reception or the Seaburn Centre, in Whitburn Road.