CROSS CULTURES PROJECT ASSOCIATION Lebanon (CCPA) is a politically independent, non-profit, humanitarian organization.
CCPA has developed a project that seeks to promote peaceful coexistence between various groups in Lebanon through football and to stimulate the development of an active civil society build on equality and diversity.
CCPA has been working in Lebanon since 2005, and has educated hundreds of volunteering coaches and established around 90 Popular Clubs all over Lebanon. These Popular Clubs are conducting regular activities for thousands of girls and boys every week - and are arranging tournaments and festivals where children from different backgrounds can meet, have fun and make new friends.
The main objective is to facilitate friendships and sports cooperation between children and adults across gender, ethnic, social, religious and political differences.
Normally, only children of the elite with money or the right contacts get the opportunity to participate in organized sports in Lebanon, but this new project builds upon principles of fairness, fun and is open to everyone. This approach represents a radical break with established sports in Lebanon and draws on inspiration from the Sport-for-All culture to promote the development of an active and tolerant civil society.
CCPA has secured funding for education of volunteers and basic equipment for the Popular Clubs, but several clubs have no place to play due to lack of areas for recreational activities in Lebanon. This means that many children are playing in the streets, parking lots or on gravel pitches in very bad condition where they risk injuries. The establishment of a football field will secure places where the children can form friendships, learn about fair play and get a healthier lifestyle.
Furthermore, several children in refugee camps and the poorer areas of the country don't even have football equipment, and are playing football in normal clothes or even barefoot. CCPA hopes to find funding for football, equipment and sports clothes.
We hope that donations - big and small - can help us helping the children and youth in Lebanon.