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The Middle East and North Africa

Cross Cultures is a global network. On this page you can find information about our activities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Iraq

Cross Cultures has been working in Iraq from 2005 to 2016. In cooperation with the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), CCPA Iraq and al-Salaam Football School have started the Open Fun Football Schools project. Although Cross Cultures and the Open Fun Football Schools cannot solve the conflict in Iraq, we believe that our project and tools will provide the youth with positive narratives of friendships and cooperation: Narratives that contradict those of conflict and which through support and nurture can grow strong and overshadow the negative impulses of war. 

In addition to war and conflicts, Iraq is challenged by a regional tendency: a demographic distortion with a bulk of young people waiting for a chance to study, to work, get married, be heard, taken seriously and achieve influence in their own life and the society. Of Iraq’s 38 million people, 22 million are under 25 years old, which makes it among the youngest in the world. This tremendous group have had their childhood and youth destroyed by a war they have no share in, and in addition to a unstable and insecure living they are put on hold, waiting. 

We believe that the situation for Iraqi girls and women is particularly critical, because of their access to schools, sports, local and national influence is considerably below their fellow male citizens. With focus on gender equality our goal is a minimum 40% female participation in our activities. By getting girls and women involved in local civil society activities we hope to contribute a future in which girls and women are secured an equal place in the society of Iraq. 

 

Our work in Iraq 20192005-2019 (total)
Partner since2005
Number of OFFS-84 (+225 one day festivals)
Total number of children-16,083 (+29,814 at one day festivals)
Girls-
Boys-
Total number of volunteers*-
Female volunteers-
Male volunteers-

Source: Internal statistics.

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Lebanon

The problems of the country are apparent in all parts of the society, including the Lebanese Football Association and the professional football clubs, which are strongly politicized and divided between the different political, religious, and ethnical groups.  

This division in Lebanese football has often caused tension and conflict in the stands during football matches, which has resulted in a total ban on spectator football. Due to these problems, football is seen as something that can further divide the country instead of bringing the different groups together. Neither the clubs nor the Football Association has been focusing on establishing and organizing grassroots football in the country in a large scale. Cross Cultures' Open Fun Football program is aiming at bringing together Lebanese children and refugee children promoting integration and inclusion. 

 

Our work in Lebanon 20192005-2019 (total)
Partner since2005
Number of OFFS0 (+18 one day festivals)23 (+919 one day festivals)
Total number of children0 (+3,453 at one day festivals)5,681 (+30,460 at one day festivals)
Girls-
Boys-
Total number of volunteers198
Female volunteers77
Male volunteers121

Source: Internal statistics.

 

Jordan

In the beginning, the focus of our work in Jordan was on creating dialogue and peace between the local Jordanian youth and the many Syrian refugees who came to the country.  The program called “Dialogue for Peace” was carried out by Streetfootballworld, Asian Football Development Project (AFDP) and Cross Cultures in corporation. The overall goal of the project was to mobilize Syrian and Jordanian youth in host communities and refugee camps through football programs that focused on addressing issues in conflict and post-conflict environments. The project was contributing to the building of peaceful relations between Jordan host communities and refugee families through network and community building activities.  

Today we have extended our program in Jordan. Funded by the Danish-Arab Partnership Program we educated a large number of young Jordanian volunteers, who become coaches and assistants at Open Fun Football Schools and sports festivals around the country.  

 

Our work in Jordan (2018)20192005-2007, 2013-2018 (total)
Partner since2005
Number of activities*2 (+27 one day festivals)22 OFFS (+ 64 one day festivals)
Total number of children214 (+3,991 at one day festivals)3,951 (+6,391 at one day festivals)
Girls68
Boys146
Total number of volunteers252
Female volunteers158
Male volunteers94

Source: Internal statistics.

* In 2017 Jordan did not have any OFFS, but day-to-day Fun Football Festivals and Academies. 

Tunisia

Through our Open Fun Football Schools program, Cross Cultures aims at providing Tunisian children and youth with alternatives and opportunities of creating a better future for themselves. Cross Cultures aims at giving a generation of young women and men the opportunity of participating, achieving influence and enhancing active citizenship. Furthermore, we want to enhance a democratic governance structure within the sport for all sector that is advocating, promoting, training, and facilitating network activities for young women and men all over Tunisia.  

Today we have an extended program in Tunisia which includes a range of different sports. We educate a large number of young Tunisian volunteers, who become coaches and assistants at Open Fun Football Schools, sports festivals and daily sports activities around the country.  

 

Our work in Tunisia 20192014-2019 (total)
Partner since2014
Number of activities*25 one day festivals21 OFFS (+ 69 one day festivals)
Total number of children17,050 at one day festivals4,526 (+45,936 at one day festivals)
Girls-
Boys-
Total number of volunteers711
Female volunteers375
Male volunteers336

Source: Internal statistics.

* In 2017 Tunisia did not have any OFFS, but day-to-day Fun Football Festivals and Academies. 

Morocco

Morocco is Cross Cultures newest partner country, where we have been since the beginning of 2018. We are still in the process of developing concrete activities. The programs in Morocco will especially focus on gender equality, and cooperation with the other countries of the region, Tunisia and Jordan.  

 

Our work in Morocco 20192018-2019 (total)
Partner since 2018
Number of OFFS0 (+ 42 one day festivals)0 (+ 81 one day festivals)
Total number of children0 (+ 27,847 at one day festivals)0 (+ 112,728 at one day festivals)
Girls-
Boys-
Total number of volunteers-
Female volunteers-
Male volunteers-