Gothia Cup Village – Africa
The fact that Gothia Cup is committed to children’s rights and opportunities is nothing new. Back in the late 90’s, the idea that the Gothia Cup should be a meeting place outside Gothenburg was born.
In Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, we built a football facility with fields, changing rooms and community centers. Over 1000 students played not only football, but also participated in social activities to learn about democracy, equality, and how to prevent HIV / Aids.
Ten years ago we inaugurated along with Equmenia Church (former Swedish Mission Church), a similar school in Congo-Brazzaville. It has more than 3000 children from different ethnic groups have been able to meet and get a sanctuary beyond conflicts and civil wars.
In November 2010 we opened a third school in Congo, the world’s poorest country in terms of GDP.
Our aim is, with football as the common denominator, to create meeting places outside Gothenburg. Places where meetings provide the opportunity for understanding, tolerance and friendship. As in the Gothia Cup in Gothenburg every summer, when 36 000 young people from 80 countries meet. As a participant in the Gothia Cup, you help to make the world a little better.
The purpose of these schools is to provide vulnerable children and young people meaningful free time, knowledge and a better start in life. We would prefer help bring up the country’s next president than a new Messi.
About Equmenia Church
Equmenia is the collective name for all the local children and youth activities within the Equmenia Church (formerly Methodist Church in Sweden, Swedish Baptist Union and the Swedish Mission Church). This means around 450 associations and over 30,000 members all over Sweden.
Equmenia exists because we together we can do something that not every local association or individual member could do themselves. This means that equmenia besides all the work in Sweden have contact and exchanges with Christians around the world.