I stumbled across this video from i-ACT9 when I was working on our video archives today. The entire i-ACT team is very focused on soccer and Darfur United at the moment, so this little guy grabbed my attention. He’s just a small child, and I do not know his name – but he makes a big impression as he plays with Katie-Jay.
He picks up the soccer ball with his hands, clearly unaware that the rule is you can’t directly touch it. Then it occurred to me – maybe this little boy could one day grow up and play goalie for Darfur United?
At the very least – doesn’t he deserve the chance to dream?
I am not a very big sports fan, but watching the joy on the kid’s faces as they play soccer and talk about their favorite players never fails to strike a chord. Soccer is one of the most universal languages on our planet. It promotes health, teamwork, self-esteem – and most of all, hope. Whatever Darfur United manages to achieve in its journey, the younger generation of Darfuri refugees will have something to aim for: a goal to reach.
I can’t think of a better reason to support Darfur United.Donate Now
What Yuen-Lin and Eric bring to the team is hard to describe. As we get ready for i-ACT Expedition #9, they’ve been working late in to the morning, day after day, to send the Expedition team as prepared as possible. They do this in addition to their already more than full-time jobs, and they do this for absolutely no personal gain, besides what they gain internally, which I know is huge.
What they are doing is so ambitious, and they are doing it in an extremely compact time frame. Their technology will allow students that live in a place as remote as any place can be, refugee camps on the Chad-Darfur border, connect with students in American cities, creating mutually enriching relationships–for the Darfur Dream Team Sister Schools Program.
Katie-Jay, James, and I will take this equipment with us, departing from Los Angeles and New York this Saturday, December 4th, and we expect to make it to a refugee camp by December 9th, if everything goes well.
I am lucky and blessed to have such an amazing team around me.