Refugee VI is a soccer team comprised of refugee children from around Africa, based in Cape Town. We have formed
a non-profit organization to create awareness about refugees. During the World Cup, we will be running a project to
combat the issue of Xenophobia in the communities of the Western Cape. We view the World Cup as an opportunity
for Africa and in particular South Africa to showcase the wonderful aspects of our continent and country, but also
to create awareness for the social ills from which we suffer.
We have organized 6 football matches against youth teams in communities in which Xenophobia is a major social problem.
We will be playing matches against these local children, before joining them for lunch and to watch World Cup matches
together. Our hope is that the excitement of the World Cup amongst the youth can be used to change the mindset
of many young pe ople regarding refugees.
This project was initiated by Ephraim Ntlamo, a 18 year-old Zimbabwean refugee, who has experienced discrimination
because of his refugee status. Ephraim left his home in rural Zimbabwe in 2008 in search of the opportunity to go to
school again. He endured many hardships both on his trip and once he reached South Africa. After many nights spent
sleeping on streets and with a hungry stomach, he managed to get himself enrolled into a school in Cape Town. Since
then, his situation has improved greatly and is currently in grade 10 at Icon Independent High School in the Cape Town
City Centre. He has been involved in other projects to raise awareness about refugee children in South Africa, including
a 7-day walk in the Western Cape, without food or money. He is a living example of the value refugees can bring
to a country, and it is his hope that together with his friends, he can share in this World Cup with local youths
and create an understanding with them about why and how they came to be in South Africa. We have organized
the following matches:
We wish to raise as much awareness for our project as possible, so that our message will reach as many people as we can. We
would appreciate it if you could help to spread awareness of our project, through your publication. Please contact us for
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