Chevrolet Partners with Ministry of Education for Distribution of One World Futbols throughout Rwanda
RWANDA – Chevrolet recently announced the kick-off of the donation and delivery of 34,200 nearly indestructible One World Futbols to schools, sports clubs, aid centers and development organizations—bringing the “power of play” to thousands of children throughout Rwanda.
The Ministry of Education, in collaboration with Football for Hope Peace and Unity (FHPU), the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Rwandan Football Association (FERWAFA), and the Association des Anciens Footballeurs du Rwanda (A.A.F.R), distributed the nearly indestructible balls to Rwandan schools, as well as sports clubs and leagues, and a range of NGOs that are working in sports development. The One World Futbols are being used as a tool for teaching life skills to all beneficiaries.
Mathias Harebamungu, the Minister of State in Charge of Primary and Secondary Education, and Ruhango Mayor Mbabazi attended the handover in Byimana, with local and national dignitaries and 600 delighted children participating in the festivities. Exhibition boys and girls football matches rounded out the festivities.
Chevrolet spokesman Geoffrey Mulandi said “Chevrolet, has committed to partnering with One World Futbol Project to distribute 1.5 million Chevrolet-sponsored footballs over three years. The One World Futbol makes a meaningful impact to children no matter where they live.”
“Chevrolet and One World Futbol Project teamed up to bring hope to the next generation of children in Rwanda. The balls can touch lives and bring positive changes, through the sport of football and the power of play.” Mulandi added.
With the corporate social responsibility mission of “Driving a Better Tomorrow,” Chevrolet, as the founding sponsor of One World Futbol Project, has distributed balls to Kenya, South Africa and other African countries and will continue their efforts across the continent and beyond to bring the power of play to youth in disadvantaged communities.
One World Futbol inventor Tim Jahnigen was inspired to start the company after watching news footage of kids in Darfur playing a football game using a ball of trash tied up with twine. One World Futbols are designed to outlast and outplay hundreds of regular footballs, sustaining play in any environment. One World Futbol Project distributes the One World Futbols to organizations working with youth in disadvantaged communities, where play can be used to teach life skills and foster social change.
To date, Chevrolet-branded One World Futbols have been distributed across five continents impacting millions of children.