SANDJI CDC delivered two additional projects during the summer of 2007: two Unity soccer tournaments among men and women. These events were carried out in order to reinforce harmony and fraternity among the villagers. The internal hostilities which resulted from the civil war caused many relationships between the diverse populations to be stranded. That is why, SANDJI CDC organized Soccer tournament to unite the citizens and to lay a foundation of its Peace building mission.
The Soccer tournament among the females was very successful. The competing teams were composed of various groups of women (the natives v/s the non-natives of Korezouzoua). The success of the project was measured by the strong sense of sisterhood that bounded these women together in the village of Korezouzoua. The Men’s soccer tournament was marked by sixteen villages that competed among each other during the program. The village participants were: Korezouzoua, Louoboua, Anikro, Bezoma, Dahira, Niakia, Gazehio, Jeanokro, Godoua, Bolia, Grovehio, Diloboua, Dagourahio, Niaourahio, Broma and Zega. The finalists were: Bezoma versus Korezouzoua.
In accordance with SANDJI CDC’S phisophy for grassroots empowerment and rural self-management, a committee was also created among the village participants to assure the success of both soccer projects (Women & Men) by establishing clear expectations and solid guidelines to the rules of the game. Traditional and religious community leaders were also included in this process and provided strong support, reinforcing the aims of tolerance and unity.
The strong entertainment aspect of soccer and the desire to participate in the matches promoted dialog among the participants and also minimized unnecessary tensions in the Village. The final outcome was very satisfactory.
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