7 July 2020.
Ribnica Football Club organized a “Diversity Tournament” (Turnir različitosti) in Podgorica for children of the Roma-Egyptian (RE) population. Thanks to the financial support of the European Union and in cooperation with the partner Roma organization “Walk with us – Phiren Amenca”, Help has provided 100 pairs of football boots for RE children.
Boys who train in FC “Ribnica” as well as other children who are football fans have been split into several teams and had fun playing football on one of the closed fields in the Podgorica settlement of Masline. Unfortunately, it had to be done without the presence of the audience in accordance with the measures of the National Coordination Body (NCB) which were made in order to fight the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.
In addition to the coaches and organizers, we from Help were present there, and the Regional Coordinator Klaus Mock presented and handed out medals to the boys.
We hope that 100 pairs of donated football boots will help RE children to enjoy the charms of “the most important secondary thing in the world“ together with their peers from non-Roma families.
We donated these football boots within the project “Civil society in action promoting and protecting Roma and Egyptian rights in Montenegro ” during which we are also promoting women role models. The project is funded by the EU, and is implemented by Help and the Roma youth organization “Walk with us – Phiren Amenca”.
In the photos that follow you can see the atmosphere from the tournament, the awarding of medals as well as the presentation of football boots.