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Diambars Update (16/05/2013 15:35)
Today I met with Jimmy Adjovi Bocco, one of the founders and the General Manager for Diambars International. It is with great pleasure I see that Diambars has achieved great results with students and football players in both Senegal and South Afrtica over the last 10 years. They are now looking to expand their involvment to more African countries. Jimmy will be meeting the presidencies for these countries in the coming months.
Their model for educating youth based on their passion for football is showing financial sustainability, as the football clubs hiring their players needs to pay educational fees. In addition the Diambars Institute hires all their employees (except some teachers) locally in and around Saly. This leads to the continued financial growth and increased employment in the community.
I also met a 23 year old Diambars student called Aly. He grew up as an orphan in poverty - but had a dream of becoming a proffesional fotballer. He saw a video from Diambars in a shop windows some years ago, and decided that he should try to get a place in the school and was accepted.
He managed this - despite his average football skills. Now he is studying IT in Paris and is no longer dreaming of being a proffesional footballer, but rather to help other kids in the situation he grew up, through completing his education and contributing with his skills, effort and knowledge in Senegal. This is a perfect example on what the goals of Diambars are
The institute in Senegal is now also hosting and educating girls. They are looking for a more permanent solution than todays internships, but this needs more planning and time - to make this part of the school sustainable as well. The Girls Project is the part of Diambars to which ManagerLeague has and will contribute. We agreed the next transferral of funds will be taking place when they have decided and planned a permanent solution for the Diambars Girls School. I hope that many of you will contribute with credit donations to the Diambars (Team:31641). All donated credits will be converted to cash by Fifth Season.
But, Diambars International also needs some more help. As many of you have noted, their English web site has not been updated for ages. The web site is administered by students in France and updated frequently - however, they do not speak English - and Diambars International does not have the money to hire translators as all their earnings are dedicated to the educational projects. I hope that we in our community can find one volunteer that is fluent in English and French is able to help them. Payment will be done in ManagerLeague credits from me! Anyone who has the required skills and wants to contribute can PM me.
Thanks to all of you who has supported the project so far!
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