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The Global Sport Fund awards first grant to NGO on International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

from United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime:

The Global Sport Fund (GSF) announced today the award of its first grant to a non-governmental organisation in South Africa, as part of its efforts to support worldwide initiatives to combat drug abuse and crime among youth.

Hoops 4 Hope, a non-profit organisation based in Cape Town, has been selected to receive the first GSF award on the basis of its unwavering efforts, commitment, and dedication to supporting youth development in Zimbabwe and South Africa by working with schools, shelters, and community organisations. Among its activities, Hoops 4 Hope has supported youth development throughout southern Africa by providing more than 10,000 school-age children with Basketball/Life Skills programmes.

Through a new project called “Ukusa (New Dawn)” Hoops 4 Hope will target youth aged 10-18, male and female, with an estimated total of 3,400 participants. The project aims to combat drug abuse and criminal behaviour among youth in Cape Town and Harare.

GSF is a joint initiative between the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC). Established in May 2006 with a generous contribution from the State of Qatar, GSF aims to promote and support efforts by organisations worldwide to use sport to help prevent drug abuse and crime among young people,

In particular, GSF is focused on
 1) promoting the involvement of youth worldwide in sports to develop their potential and encourage them to keep away from using or abusing drugs;
 2) strengthening key partnerships in communities, such as NGOs, youth groups and sports governing bodies to adopt common strategies in implementing activities that promote youth and sport;
 3) designing training modules for using sport for drug prevention activities for youth; 
4) raising funds at national, regional, and international levels from government institutions and private sector/foundations to support the above-mentioned strategies, and 
5) providing financial grants to support related activities among youth groups and NGOs.