The Agence Francaise de Development (AFD) has announced a €20,000 (N10m) partnership grant with FAME Foundation in its bid to empower girls and women living in Internally Displaced Persons Camps in Abuja through sports.
According to the Deputy Director, AFD, Virginie Diaz, the French agency had been pushing for the use of sports as a tool for education and social change.
She said 200 girls in Internally Displaced Camps across the Federal Capital Territory will benefit/participate in the project focused in using sports (football, skipping and aerobics), for girls development and empowerment.
She said that apart from the sports development Programme, it will also include health education, health sensitization Programme and healthy hygiene for girls.
The AFD rep explained that “the AFD funds, support and accelerate all the transitions to a fairer and more sustainable world. Our teams carry out more than 4,000 projects in 115 countries. In this way, we contribute to the commitment of France and the French people to support sustainable development goals.
“In 13 years, AFD has become a recognized partner in Nigeria with activities in key service sectors such as energy, water, rural roads and urban transport. With nearly two billion euros committed, AFD support about 30 projects in the country.”
“We have been using sports as a tool for education and social change by supporting committed CSOs like the FAME Foundation. By the end of 2022, more than 200 girls aged 7 to 17 will benefit from the weekly sports activities and regular sensitisation workshops,” Diaz stated.
The Executive Director of FAME Foundation, Aderonke Bello, assured that the funds will help actualise the Play it Dream it Initiative, aimed at developing the girl-child through sports.
She said the IDP camps were specifically targeted to give hope to the girls internally displaced as a result of insurgency and banditry activities in the northern part of the country.
“We look forward to the year-long project and are happy for this great partnership with the French Government/AFD which is set to help actualize our dream for the girlchild in Nigeria, through sports.”
She said: “By the end of 2022, more than 200 girls ages 7-17 will benefit from the weekly sports activities and regular sensitization workshops (including supplying as much sanitary protection as possible). An additional 1,500 members of the girls’ community will benefit from the change of mindset initiated by the project.”
Present at the signing was Ms. Virginie Diaz Pedregal, the Deputy Country Director of the Agence Francaise de Development in Nigeria, Mr. Victor Baysang-Michelle, the AFD Project Officer, Ms. Aderonke Bello, Executive Director, FAME Foundation, Anna Mambula, Programme Manager of FAME Foundation, Ms. Miracle Oluwafemi, Junior Programme Analyst (Legal & Partnerships) and the press.