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  • Title: OA Projects
    Descriptive info: .. Home.. About.. Blog.. Projects.. Play So They Can.. Donate.. Get Involved.. 1 for 1 Shop.. Partners Friends.. Vids Pics.. Contact.. Welcome to OA Projects.. OA Projects is a low-cost, high-impact grassroots organization using the power of soccer to help youth affected by war.. Please, visit our.. 'About OA'.. links to learn more about OA Projects, as an organization.. To watch some of the journal entries from our recent pilot project in Gulu, please check out our daily video blogs on.. YouTube.. Or join our.. facebook group.. and stay connected with everything happening.. recent news.. Overdue note on PSSTC with North Vancouver FC.. On Thursday October 20, 2011, The player visit by the Whitecaps FC members to the U16 North Vancouver FC Hornets practice far exceeded our expectations.. It wasn’t just one player, no no, it was coach Carl Valentine, midfielders Shea Salinas and Gershon Koffie, and goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre all there in support of PSSTC and the efforts put forth by the Hornets.. The sight of all the Hornets players listening intently as Carl Valentine led them through drills, with the Whitecaps players getting in the mix too, was a pleasure to see.. Despite a chilly night and a practice outdoors, no one seemed to notice as everything went perfectly.. This was in response to a tremendous effort by club officials, coaches and managers, players and parents, who raised an amazing $5,700 CAD for use in soccer-based peacebuilding in northern Uganda! Congrats to everyone at North Vancouver FC for their efforts.. More to come in the following days.. Also, a big thanks to OA volunteer, and Vancouver entrepreneur, Jordan Cash for ensuring that all of this came together in such an amazing manner.. Play Soccer So They Can Rnd 3 (#2 for NVFC).. It is exciting for us to announce that in our third year of Play Soccer So They Can (PSSTC), the Vancouver Whitecaps Foundation is continuing their support with a commitment of prizes and encouragement for participants.. North Vancouver FC (NVFC) has led the way in PSSTC participation and is at it again this year with increased enthusiasm from their board members.. The commitment from the Whitecaps of prizes, including a visit from an MLS player or coach to a training session or two of one lucky NVFC team, is a testament to their efforts in raising support for war-affected youth in northern Uganda.. Furthermore, their efforts have also encouraged West Vancouver FC to organize a fundraising event during their photo day in October.. The dates for PSSTC this year, as always, are during the last weekend of September (24-25) and the goal is to have even more soccer games being played in support of war-affected youth than we did last year.. Last year, the funds raised from NVFC helped empower a locally-led soccer league for peace in northern Uganda.. Coordinated by the Gulu-based organization, the Youth Coalition for Peace, (and monitored by OA Projects) the league involved over 400 war-affected children as players as well as 32 youth leaders as coaches.. It ran for about 3 months and included a parents day, where both the mothers and fathers were able to participate in friendly matches with the female and male coaches, respectively.. Please visit our photo album (link is here) on our Facebook page to see pictures from the league.. :.. We would like to thank NVFC and all other PSSTC participants for their efforts in 2010 and wish them a successful and engaging time in 2011.. If you are not involved in a PSSTC event this year, please take a look at our Play Soccer So They Can page to learn if it is something that you would considering participating in.. More updates from the program in northern Uganda and from the success of PSSTC in the weeks to come!.. Gavin.. Flight Give Away Rnd 2 (easier than Rnd 1).. Thanks to.. Aeroplan s Beyond Miles program.. , we gave away a round-trip flight.. to/from anywhere in North America.. at the end of Feb.. A huge congrats goes out to the winner:.. @karen_s_johnson.. The contest was simple: you had to buy a One for One tee sometime between Jan 1 and 24th and post a photo of yourself in the tee before Feb 26th, on our.. Facebook.. page or tweet it with.. @OAProjects.. in the 140 characters.. We also said If a lot of people talk about this on.. Twitter.. and.. , we may (read:  ...   will contribute to mending social fault lines that might otherwise last for generations.. The Extra Challenge:.. For each factor of 2 you get in likes on.. or retweets on.. , you will get another entry in the draw.. 2 likes on.. = one entry; 2 retweets on.. = one entry; 4 likes on.. = two entries; 2 retweets on.. + 4 likes on.. Facebok.. = three entries; and so on up to a max of 4 entries per tee owner.. Background:.. The people of northern Uganda suffered severely from over 20 years of war that raged on between the Ugandan Government and the Lord s Resistance Army.. After a ceasefire was signed in late 2006, peace and stability are slowly creeping back and there is a need to provide long-term support to the local groups and leaders involved in grassroots peacebuilding.. OA Projects works in partnership with the Youth Coalition for Peace (a Gulu-rooted community based organization) and other local groups on a program called Gum Marom ( Equal Opportunity in Acholi).. The program leverages the power of soccer to unify youth and engage them in activities and discussions on long-term peace, gender equity and cultural traditions that have been damaged by the years of conflict.. One for One Explained:.. Our Buy One Give One campaign is designed around raising funds to purchase equipment and supplies locally.. This provides you with a unique opportunity to get something real and to support something real.. Through buying locally, you (via we) support the local businesses and people that will last longer in the community than a soccer ball, or even a project..  In our opinion, it s the only way that a.. Buy One Give One.. campaign should be run.. Moreover, the shirt you buy is original, made with organic cotton, and actually cheaper than most quality tees these days.. Here are some photos of the tees in action, in northern Uganda.. OA Projects Wants to Give Away a Round-Trip Flight in North America.. , we have a round-trip flight.. up for grabs.. If you.. buy a One for One organic Tee.. (where for every shirt sold, we buy a soccer ball in northern Uganda for use in grassroots peacebuilding activities) between January 1st and 24th, you are in the running to win the flight.. Ok, so what do you actually have to do to get in there with a chance? (I.. e.. ,.. what are the rules?.. ).. get a One for One OA Projects Tee.. between January 1 and 24th (more shirts = more entries).. post a pic of yourself wearing your fresh new tee.. (this is to confirm that you are indeed the owner of the tee).. a note (oa@oaprojects.. org) once you ve posted your pic just to make sure we don t miss it.. Pictures must be posted online before February 20th.. Random draw will happen sometime between the 20th 24th of Feb.. Those who got a tee during Jan 1 -24th and posted their pic online, will be entered into a draw to win the free.. Feb 25th.. If a lot of people talk about this on.. After a ceasefire was signed in late 2006, peace and stability are slowly creeping in and there is a need to provide long-term support to the local groups and leaders who are involved in grassroots peacebuilding in the region.. donate today.. Financial support is the single biggest contribution one can make to enable our projects.. Please send a cheque made payable to Opportunitas Aequa to.. #201 - 5880 Hampton Place, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6T 2E9.. Or, you can buy an organic t-shirt from our online shop where we guarantee that for every shirt sold a new soccer ball is bought for a community building soccer program.. 1 for 1 Store.. Follow your support from internet to the soil via oaprojects.. org!.. recent photos.. Check out OA Projects on Facebook Twitter.. follow us on Twitter.. Blog Archives.. Select Month.. April 2010.. March 2010.. January 2010.. December 2009.. November 2009.. October 2009.. September 2009.. August 2009.. June 2009.. May 2009.. April 2009.. March 2009.. February 2009.. January 2009.. December 2008.. November 2008.. October 2008.. September 2008.. August 2008.. July 2008.. June 2008.. May 2008.. April 2008.. March 2008.. February 2008.. January 2008.. December 2007.. November 2007.. October 2007.. September 2007.. News.. Uganda.. Copyright OA Projects 2009.. | Hosting donated by.. Walkinweb.. | Design by.. Elegant Themes.. ,.. , and OA..

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  • Title: About | OA Projects
    Descriptive info: OA Projects (OA), (OA = Opportunitas Aequa, Latin for “Equal Opportunity†) is a grassroots organization that uses soccer to build stronger communities for war-affected youth.. OA’s objective is to increase opportunities for youth in war-affected regions to participate in soccer-based community building activities.. OA was created in 2006 by Canadian students who wanted to use soccer to help children robbed of their childhoods.. The concept was inspired by a passage in a book by Canadian General Romeo Dallaire (Rtd) about his time serving the UN in Rwanda during the Genocide that described a group of children who, amidst violent chaos, temporarily escaped the horror surrounding them by playing soccer with a clump of banana leaves.. Since 2006, OA has completed two overseas projects Ecuador (2007), Rwanda (2008) and is increasing its program in northern Uganda (2009 cont.. The combined impact of these activities has reached more than 10,000 children and youth in over 25 communities.. OA has created a project model and a set of values that reflect what we have learned through these projects, through interactions with the communities we work in and through interactions with other development work professionals.. At the most basic level, OA Projects supports existing local peacebuilding programs to strengthen and expand their soccer-based activities..  We focus on identifying and then supporting local groups and relationships that exist and are working towards rebuilding their community.. We do this because we believe that local organizations will have the greatest impact and will be the most efficient..  In every community OA has worked in, there were numerous local organizations who were working hard to rebuild their communities..   Our place is to support the improvement of those efforts, not to replace these organizations or impose a new solution..  Â.. When it comes to implementing activities in the field, almost all coaches, youth leaders, administrators and project managers are local community members who have  ...   the outside..  In addition, we take environmental issues very seriously and have committed to pursuing environmentally positive techniques in our project.. Action.. – in all that we do, everyone involved in the projects are actors who are capable of changing their own community’s outcomes and the world for the better..  No one is a passive victim waiting for a handout; everyone has the potential to take action and we do our best to encourage, support and share stories of action.. Improvement.. – we are constantly seeking to improve our projects and our own capacity..  This means that we will continually seek out new information about what has worked for others, new techniques, and new insights..  Peace and community building is a complicated and nuanced process..  OA realizes that we will always have more to learn and so we will keep learning..  We recognize that there will always be room for improvement.. Pass.. ion.. – we all love what we do and that is what keeps us motivated.. Working closely with the Youth Coalition for Peace (a local, youth-led organization), we are currently empowering the expansion and maintenance of a local network of soccer-based peacebuilding in northern Uganda.. The network connects war-affected youth with local youth leaders to play soccer and address issues related to peacebuilding and gender equity.. ** Our official registration name is Equal Opportunity Society (easier to spell, pronounce, etc.. ) and we are a charitable organization, registered with the.. Canada Revenue Agency.. (BN# 83605 8693 RR0001).. sss.. Our Mission.. To be the low-cost, high-impact grassroots organization using soccer to empower youth in communities affected by war.. Meet the Team.. OA was created by students from around Canada.. Since then the team has grown into a community of volunteers, subscribers and donors.. Meet the core of team here.. To read about the caring people on our advisory board, please click here:.. Advisory Board Members..

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  • Title: Front Page | OA Projects
    Descriptive info: Overdue note on PSSTC with North Vancouv.. Posted by admin in.. Front Page.. on January 3, 2012 |.. Comments Off.. Read More.. Play Soccer So They Can Rnd 3 (#2 for NV.. on September 19, 2011 |.. Flight Give Away Rnd 2 (easier t.. Posted by Gavin in.. on March 14, 2011 |.. 81 Comments.. OA Projects Wants to Give Away a Round-T.. on January 6, 2011 |.. 64 Comments.. Brief Program Update.. For those who have been checking our site with regularity we (Gavin) apologize for our lack of meaningful updates.. The second phase of our program in northern Uganda is well under way..  We are working in partnership with the Youth Coalition for Peace (YCP), a local community-based organization..  We are also working with the Kids League Gulu, many primary schools, soccer clubs, Gulu United (a men s team), the Gulu District Sports Office and many other local and regional stakeholders.. Here are some of the key 2010 highlights of the program we call Gum Marom ( Equal Opportunity in Acholi).. April.. 5-day workshop for.. 43.. youth leaders that covered topics related to peacebuilding, soccer coaching, community leadership, and sexual and gender based violence.. May.. 3 Soccer Camps for Peace for.. 240.. war-affected children, led by the leaders trained and supervised by the Youth Coalition for Peace (two in Gulu Town and one in Anaka Town).. June.. Launch of inaugural Soccer League for Peace with.. 92.. war-affected children and 16 coaches for 16 teams (8 girls and 8 boys).. The league lasted 9 weeks ( 7 games, 1 parents days, and 1 community tournament).. July.. Continuation / completion of the first Soccer League for Peace in Gulu, Town.. Initiation of construction at two community soccer field sites (one in Gulu Town and one in Anaka Town) with a combined reach, or usage, of well over.. 3,000.. August.. Continuation of construction work at both field sites.. 36.. coaches and leaders on same topics as in April (half of those in attendance were also from April).. Equipment distribution to.. 48.. partner schools, teams and peace clubs.. September to December.. Completion of construction work at both field sites.. Gum Marom Kids League (bigger Soccer League for Peace) for.. 400.. war-affected children and youth in Gulu.. Youth Leadership and Cultural Revival Program for youth too old for the league but too young to coach (.. 40.. participants).. A detailed report on everything is being compiled so that you can see pictures, read about the impact and the challenges, know how funds were allocated and find out what is next in the works for the program.. Sends us an email if you won t find out more and can t wait for the report.. And, as always, if you like the program please consider.. donating $5 to help maintain and expand it (search for OA Projects).. Apwoyo,.. Project Uganda.. on December 3, 2010 |.. 87 Comments.. North Vancouver FC launching Play Soccer.. We are very excited about the upcoming weekend as it is the first time that a large youth soccer club is making all of their league games, during the weekend of the 25/26 of September, as a platform to build support for war-affected youth in northern Uganda..  As a part of.. Play Soccer So They Can.. North Vancouver FC.. is asking that all of their 3200 players donate $2 or (4,000 Uganda Shillings) to our soccer-based peacebuilding program in northern Uganda.. This is the exact type of partnership that we envision allowing Play Soccer So They Can to grow to a much larger level across Canada and the US..  Since its launch in 2009, Play Soccer So They Can has raised over $10,000 from games across North America.. From Florida, to Hollywood in the US and from Victoria to Kingston in Canada.. Bobby Lenarduzzi of the Vancouver Whitecaps has given the partnership his endorsement, check out what.. he thinks here.. The North Shore Outlook has also given this weekend s events a little boost (.. click here for the online piece..  And, two OA Projects team members will be present in North Vancouver on Saturday to take it all in and accept the donations on behalf of the program in northern Uganda.. We will be sure to post a complete report on the outcome from the weekend and the impact that it will have in northern Uganda.. And, we want to wish all of the players and  ...   like ours to the resettlement process because an event like the.. soccer camp for peace.. will get youth out of their homes and new villages and bring them together..  Bringing people together in a fun and peaceful manner can help strengthen the community..  I wish I had been quicker on the draw because I would have loved to get his comments on video for you all..  I was able to grab a photo, though..  It s so crucial to the project that we have local government and community support if they don t agree with what we are doing then there is no point in doing it.. Meeting with Anaka LC 3 Chairman.. We also found a venue for the.. children s soccer camp for peace.. , in Anaka and I ve put a photo on.. twitter.. we ll try to keep the cows off the field during the camp!.. Ok that s it for now..  It s time to try to have another conversation with Gulu District s Sport Officer and get some venues booked for activities in Gulu Town.. Project Uganda Blog.. on April 17, 2010 |.. 88 Comments.. Week 1 in Gulu Gum Marom phase I.. By Erin Hunt.. It s been almost a week since I arrived in.. Gulu.. for the.. second phase of Gum Marom.. so it s time for an update..  This week has been mostly about meetings and planning..  I ve met with members of the Youth Coalition for Peace (YCFP) everyday I ve been here to devise work plans, plan for activities, divide up tasks, clarify any issues that didn t come through well over e-mail and the phone and to see how things have gone so far.. We ve also met with the Head Referee for.. Gulu District.. and invited him to come to speak to the coaches and answer their technical questions about the laws of soccer and ref ing..  It should be a really interesting discussion.. On Thursday, three members of the YCFP and I traveled to.. Amuru District.. because we had invited government officials from that district to a stakeholder meeting..  Stakeholder meetings are a chance to introduce the project to the community and to get their feedback..  Alas, the stakeholder meeting did not happen..  When we arrived in Amuru, all the local officials were missing! Turns out the.. President of Uganda.. was visiting the district the next day so everyone who was anyone was off preparing for his visit..  We did manage to meet with the District Education Officer though and he was supportive of the project..  He said we should reschedule the meeting but that he would share what the YCFP told him with his colleagues..  We will be traveling back to Amuru next week to chat with the officials we missed.. Friday morning and part of the afternoon was spent meeting with the.. coaches trained.. in the.. 2009 pilot project.. discussing their experiences as coaches and the plans for the project over the next few months..  They had a lot of interesting things to say and some really good suggestions so it s now a matter of incorporating those thoughts into the plan (more to come on this).. All in all it s been a good week, very busy and dusty but good..  Keep your eye on our Twitter feed.. www.. twitter.. com/OAProjects.. to get the as they happen updates.. on April 11, 2010 |.. 7 Comments.. 1 for 1 tees in Sitka on 4th ave in Vanc.. Sitka Surfboards.. , a Victoria based company, is being sweet enough to stock some of our.. 1 for 1 tees.. They are the third company to support us by holding our stuff (.. HtO.. are the others) and we are stoked to have the tees.. in a store.. with amazing people and mission.. The shirts go for $34 (same as our online store) and the store is located.. here.. (1864 West 4th Ave in Van).. It s one of the coolest stores we ve ever been in and we recommend going in just to see their layout and to meet the awesome staff.. Huge thanks to the.. Sitka team.. for their support.. Stay tuned for pics of the balls, from previously purchased shirts, in action during the upcoming phase II in northern Uganda.. on April 5, 2010 |.. 2 Comments.. Previous Entries..

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  • Title: Projects | OA Projects
    Descriptive info: OA is a low-cost grassroots organization using the power of soccer to support youth affected by war.. Since being founded by students in 2006, OA has completed three overseas projects (Ecuador in 2007, Rwanda in 2008, and northern Uganda in spring 2009).. The combined impact of these projects has reached more than 7,000 children and youth in 25-plus communities.. Through these experiences, it has been determined that OA’s projects can have the most impact in a post-conflict region where there is a high need for stability and support for local  ...   locally-driven framework that connects war-affected youth with local youth leaders to play soccer and to discuss important community building issues, such as, post-conflict healing and gender based violence.. By supporting existing relationships and organizations, the project has a culturally relevant and sustainable impact.. Below is the list of project activities being implemented in our project in northern Uganda:.. Community Soccer Field Rehabilitation.. Workshops for Youth Leaders and Soccer Coaches.. Soccer Camps for Peace.. Soccer Equipment Distribution.. Soccer Leagues and Tournaments for Peace.. Check out our other projects here:.. Rwanda.. Ecuador..

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  • Title: Play Soccer So They Can | OA Projects
    Descriptive info: On the 25th-27th of September of 2009, we launched a grassroots community effort to support development of youth who have been affected by war.. Over $7,500 was raised during the first year of Play Soccer So They Can, and this has been used to support the development of local youth-led, and soccer-based peacebuilding framework, in northern Uganda.. Read more about the project plan here:.. Gum Marom Phase II_2010_OA.. Last year, during the second year of PSSTC, North Vancouver FC raised a fantastic $5,300 on their own.. The President of the Vancouver Whitecaps, Bob Lendarduzzi,.. went as far as to priase the work and encourage other youth clubs in the lower mainland to follow their lead and get involved in supporting war-affected youth.. This year, the dates for our Third Play Soccer So They Can events are.. September 24th to 25th, 2011..  However, we are as always encouraging everyone to organize their events on a day or weekend that is most convenient for them..  Moreover, our goal for this year, is to raise at least $10,000 so check back to see how we are doing with that!.. **.. North Vancouver FC.. It is our pleasure to announce a our second year of our partnership with North Vancouver FC..  During the weekend of the 24th/25th of September, North Vancouver FC (NVFC)  ...   are eligible for cash or cheque donations that are over $10, on the weekend of the 24/25 of September.. For more information, please email gavin@oaprojects.. org.. What is Play Soccer So They Can?.. A community, where people of all ages, come together to play soccer to support youth who have been affected by a 20 year conflict in northern Uganda.. Why are we doing it?.. To raise funds to support local programs in communities recovering from the effects of war, that use (and need) soccer to build peace and gender equity amongst their youth.. Who can get involved?.. School teams and clubs; local soccer and sport teams; community groups; groups of friends; and, anyone else who wants to play soccer in their community so that youth who have been affected by war can too.. More information about the event is available in.. this 2 page doc.. If you are interested in being a part of this community, please email us at OA@oaprojects.. Or please follow the links below if you wish to donate.. For more details about the community, for event ideas and about how the support will be used, have a look at this.. How To.. Invite your community to play soccer and give war-affected youth increased opportunities to help bridge the divides created by the 22 year conflict in northern Uganda..

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  • Title: Donate | OA Projects
    Descriptive info: Thank you for considering to support the youth leaders and community groups in northern Uganda as they work hard to rebuild their communities..  Financial support is the single biggest contribution one can make to enable this work as it allows the organizers to focus on improving the program rather scratch more funds together.. Visit our page located at CanadaHelps.. org and help us raise funds needed for our program in northern Uganda! You can also consider becoming a monthly donor of $5 (or more) to our program (long-term support is pretty awesome).. Your donations are safe and will go towards maintaining and expanding our program in northern Uganda..  ...   that for every shirt sold a new soccer ball is bought for a community building soccer program in northern Uganda.. Click here for the t-shirt site.. As of November 2009, Equal Opportunity Society is a registered charitable organization with the Canadian Revenue Agency (BN# 83605 8693 RR0001).. OA Projects is the official community initiative of Equal Opportunity and donations are tax-deductible.. Cheques made payable to Equal Opportunity Society should be sent to the above Vancouver address.. A mailing address and email contact should be included with the cheques in order for the tax-receipt to be issued.. (or you can donate online to OA Projects through the fundraising platform of.. CanadaHelps..

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  • Title: Get Involved | OA Projects
    Descriptive info: There are many ways for you to be a part of OA s work in supporting war-affected youth..  Here are a few examples of how to get involved, in order of easiest to hardest.. Click here for the detailed Volunteer Orientation Manual.. Send around the.. OA website.. to your friends via Twitter or Facebook.. Join our.. Facebook Group.. or become a fan of.. OA on Facebook.. , and keep in the loop with all of the happenings.. Watch our online video journals, from northern Uganda, and send us your feedback.. Click here for our YouTube channel.. Donate $2 or more, directly to our soccer-based peacebuilding framework in northern Uganda..      ...   for Peace, $1000 installs locally made goal posts, etc.. (email us for other tangible amounts)*.. 5.. Host a soccer game or tournament in your community as part of our.. community, bringing people together to play soccer so that war affected youth can as well.. 6.. Buy a 1 for 1 t-shirt.. For each shirt sold, a ball is purchased from a local retailer and provided to a soccer-based peacebuilding program in Gulu (and soon, Amuru) District, Uganda.. *.. or.. 7.. Think of something much bigger and send us the details about it in an email (oa@oaprojects.. org).. *(Shirts are also available in Victoria, BC, @.. and in North Vancouver @.. , on Lonsdale ave)..

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  • Title: Partners | OA Projects
    Descriptive info: Partners.. OA provides opportunities for sponsorship, advertising, donations, and leadership support.. Please, contact OA for more information on how you, as a business or as an individual, can significantly contribute to OA’s level of action and involvement.. Vancouver Film School.. Lush Cosmetics.. Youth Coalition for Peace.. Thank you for your support.. Check out these groups that we call.. friends..

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  • Title: Vids & Pics | OA Projects
    Descriptive info: Please click on one of the following to view our media:..

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  • Title: Contact | OA Projects
    Descriptive info: We are always excited to hear from people who share a common passion for supporting war-affected youth.. Reach out to us through the contact form or by email with any questions, ideas or suggestions and hopefully we can work together.. oa@oaprojects.. Your Name (required).. Your Email (required).. Subject.. Your  ...   resolution pics for publications (owned by Opportunitas Aequa).. Media Relations Contact: Gavin — gavin@oaprojects.. Click here for theÂ.. Media Kit.. Below are high resolution photos for media publications (credits OA and Angela Buhr).. OA soccer coaches in Gulu.. OA charity game in Vancouver.. OA soccer camp participants in Gulu..

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  • Title: Project Uganda | OA Projects
    Descriptive info: Project Title: Gum Marom (Equal Opportunity in Acholi).. Location: Gulu District, Uganda.. Primary Local Partner: The Youth Coalition for Peace (YCFP).. Other Partners:.. The Charity Pot of LUSH.. The Vancouver Film School.. We ve successfully completed our pilot project and are currently building the plans for a comprehensive project expansion.. Please.. read this project report.. to learn about the activities completed, the impact had and the lessons we ve learned.. View the plan for the activities scheduled for this year, here:Â.. OA Projects and the YCFP have designed the project to involve youth from all backgrounds (without any discrimination based on their level of involvement with the conflict) and with five main aims in mind.. These aims are:.. To increase access, for war-affected youth, to local youth leaders and to discussions about community-building;.. To increase opportunities for war-affected youth to play soccer in a community-building manner;.. To increase the capacity and outreach of local youth leaders and community-building groups;.. To enable female youth to  ...   How to help:.. Tell people about the project and the needs of youth in northern Uganda; organize an event to raise funds or awareness, or both; encourage people to follow the blog during the project; or,.. donate.. or buy a soccer ball by buying a 1 for 1 t-shirt at the.. OA Shop.. , which donates a soccer ball to local peacebuilding program in Gulu.. Links and Info:.. The BBC Country Profile:.. Change.. org has done our homework for us and compiled a.. list of resources on northern Uganda.. The SWAY report also gives great insight into the current situation, for youth, in northern Uganda.. You can find it here:.. Survey on War Affected Youth in northern Uganda.. Fact: Did you know that most of the OA projects team was 4 when the war in northern Uganda started and 23 when the ceasefire was signed?.. That means everyone our age or younger in Gulu has never really known peace.. Project Coordinator Contact: Erin Hunt, erin@oaprojects..

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