Hummel® is working closely together with the organization Football for a New Tomorrow (FANT) on projects that aim to create development and positive change for marginalized groups. FANT primarily uses football to create unity and understanding across religion, class distinctions and social laws.
Football has the power to unite and bring hope
It will touch your heart
For several years, hummel® has been supporting non-profit organisations in Sierre Leone. Organisations that use sport as a mean to convey the importance of – and teach the country’s local communities about human rights, public health and education as they battle the repercussions of the civil war and an Ebola epidemic.
Right now, hummel is working closely together with the organization Football for a New Tomorrow (FANT) on projects that aim to create development and positive change for marginalized groups.Together with FANT, we have produced a short documentary titled “The impossible Team”. The documentary seeks to enhance the support for the football team Flying Star Amputees where all the players are victims of civil war amputations.
In the documentary, we follow the team’s new ambassador, former pro-player Jonathan Richter, closely. Jonathan is listed as one of the unluckiest football players in the world as he got struck by lightning during a football game resulting in him having one of his legs amputated.
The documentary highlights how football brings joy, confidence and hope for a better future to the disabled of Sierra Leone.
FOOTBALL IS GIGANTIC IN SIERRA LEONE. KIDS AND YOUNGSTERS ARE PLAYING ALMOST EVERYWHERE AND FOR THEM, THE DREAM OF A PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL CAREER IS ALSO THE DREAM OF A WAY OUT OF POVERTY
Meet the Flying star amputee team
The team’s goalkeepers are either missing an arm or have no hands. All outfield players only have one leg. The team’s leading goalkeeper, Ibrahim, was captured by rebel soldiers during the civil war. The soldiers tied his hands together and sat them on fire. Ibrahim works as a truckdriver and is also designing and producing bags in his home outside Freetown.
FANT works closely with the organisation Flying Star Amputees. Flying Star Amputees runs a football team consisting of players that are all amputee victims from the civil war. Together, FANT and Flying Star Amputees use the power of sport to mobilize disabled persons in sports clubs and football networks. For FANT and Flying Star Amputees, sport works to improve the well-being and inclusion of people with disabilities in two ways – by changing what communities think and feel about people with disabilities and by changing what people with disabilities think and feel about themselves.
Together, the organisations strengthen the social network and improve the self-confidence of disabled people, while they also teach them about democratic principles and basic human rights.