Launch Boru Boru games to empower girls
WE NEED CARE!
INCLUDE US IN ALL DESICIONS THAT AFFECT US!
These and other messages were held by the members of Lokoloko Central and Lokoloko West teams right before the very first Boru Boru modernized games in Wau. In this way, the start of the ‘End Marriage Campaign’ in Wau, South Sudan, was launched.
The campaign, organized by Help a Child in cooperation with community and partners, intends to address the need for girls’ empowerment in South Sudan and Wau in particular. As part of this campaign, one of the girls called Kelada James Saadalla held a powerful speech on behalf of ‘so many girls that do not get to have their voices heard’, reminding all attendants that ‘the practice of early and forced marriage was created by people, and that they can undo it.’ (Read the full speech here).
The two amazing girls teams from Lokoloko Central and Lokoloko West had the honour to play the opening game of the Boru Boru modernized games in Wau. “We have witnessed the power of the Boru Boru game in empowering girls and strengthening cohesion. Broken social fabric can easily be restored with this kind of games in communities that are deeply affected by conflict,” says Angelo Paterno, Country Program Director of Help a Child South Sudan, explaining why Help a Child wants to include sports activities more often in its campagins and activities.