What TFWA Care did for... Kampuchea Balopp

Kampuchea Balopp (which means “embrace the ball” in Khmer) is a French and Cambodian registered non-profit organization that provides free access to sports and group activities to more than 600 children every week.

With the virtues inherent in sportsmanship and camaraderie in athleticism, Kampuchea Balopp uses rugby as its main tool to promote gender equality among young Cambodia.   The youth make up more than a third of the nation’s population and after decades of conflict in war-torn Cambodia, sports for the KB youth is a form of sanctuary and rugby has become a means to that end.  

Through sport activities, Kampuchea Balopp hopes to imbue them with:

  • Social integration
  • Mutual respect
  • Team work
  • Sense of responsibility
  • Confidence
  • Health & nutrition
  • Gender equality

Gender context in Cambodia

The Royal Government of Cambodia recognizes that violence against women is a serious social and public health concern and is rooted in gender inequality. Violence not only affects women but it also trickles down to their children who are exposed to this situation.   The life-long health and social consequences are staggering and it affects not only the family but the entire community as well.   KB is committed to tackling gender inequality. 

Promoting gender equality

Project in 2017

This year, TFWA Care will provide funding to KB’s Good Sport Campaign, a gender equality centered programme for boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 20 in Phnom Penh. This sporting event will have its highly trained sports educators to work hands in hand with KB’s youth.

The Good Sport Campaign objectives are:

  • Teach boys how to properly behave towards the opposite sex
  • Teach and empower the girls how to stand up for themselves
  • Tolerance to children with disability
  • Develop team building skills and instill a sense of brotherhood
  • Teach them the ability to openly discuss violence, abuse and harassment

As their motto, "Give them a ball, give them a chance, they will embrace it.” Through one rugby match at a time, we hope that this will impart life-long lessons to the children of Cambodia.

Caring for the disabled children of Cambodia

Caring through sports