Football for Hope taken to new dimension - support for 27 additional projects worldwide
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FIFA has approved a further 27 programmes in 24 countries, at a total cost of USD 1 million, as part of its Football for Hope movement. Of those organisations with mostly long-running programmes that are set to receive support from FIFA, 12 are in Africa with a further nine in North, Central and South America, four in Europe and two in Asia.

These additional programmes, whose inclusion has been ratified by the sub-committee of the Committee for Fair Play and Social Responsibility, will take Football for Hope to a whole new dimension. The movement already uses the power of football to support more than 60 programmes in 40 different countries via concrete, sustainable projects.

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter is delighted by the expansion of the movement: "FIFA takes its social responsibility very seriously as part of its aim to build a better future. That is why we have declared Football for Hope to be a movement and an activity of strategic importance and we are proud that we are now in a position to support more organisations in their work."

The Football for Hope movement is the key element of a strategic alliance led by FIFA and streetfootballworld, the driving force behind a global network of non-governmental organisations that develops projects in which football is the common denominator.

The objective of the Football for Hope movement is to support, advise and strengthen sustainable social and human development programmes in the areas of healthcare, children's rights, education, peace promotion, anti-discrimination, social integration and the environment. By drawing on its huge potential, football will be in a position to help the United Nations reach its Millennium Goals by 2015. Following the example set by the industrialised nations in 2002 with their agreement to earmark 0.7% of their gross domestic product for international development aid, FIFA has also decided to invest at least the same percentage of its overall income in worldwide social developments through football.

The following organisations now belong to the Football for Hope movement as of 1 July 2007.

1. Women in the Field (ELENA NGO) - Cameroon
2. United Action for Children - Cameroon
3. Coaching for Hope - Mali
4. Single Leg Amputee Sports Club Sierra Leone (SLASC) - Sierra Leone
5. Youth in Action Sierra Leone (YASAL) - Sierra Leone
6. Breakthrough Sports Academy - Zambia
7. Delta Cultura Cabo Verde/Escuela de Futebol do Tarrafal - Cape Verde Islands
8. CHILD - Liberia
9. Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA) - Kenya
10. Esperance - Rwanda
11. Diambars - Senegal
12. Grassroot Soccer - South Africa
13. Spirit of Soccer - Cambodia
14. Child Link India Foundation / Magic Bus - India
15. Streetfootball Norway - Norway
16. NACRO - England
17. Street League - England
18. Football Friends - Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina
19. Soccer in the Streets - USA
20. Con-texto Urbano - Colombia
21. Defensores del Chaco - Argentina
22. Gente Viva / CHIGOL - Chile
23. Asociación de Arte, Cultura y Deporte "San Isidro" (ACDSI) - Bolivia
24. Fundação EPROCAD - Brazil
25. Formação - Centro de Apoio à Educação Básica - Brazil
26. Asociación Civil Pro Nino Intimo / Escuelas Deporte y Vida - Peru
27. Centro para el Desarrollo de la Inteligencia (CDI) - Paraguay

For more details and up-to-date information on FIFA's social responsibility activities, please visit the 'About FIFA' section of the official website, FIFA.com.