Qatar Charity and Save the Dream sign an agreement to launch a youth empowerment project in Somalia

 Qatar Charity signed a cooperation agreement with Save the Dream -a global non-profit movement that aims to promote and protect the values and integrity of sports in young people-to launch the “Empowering Youth and Saving the Dreams of Somali Children through Sports” project.The project comes under "Sports for Development and Peace", a joint initiative between Qatar Charity and Qatar Fund for Development.The agreement was signed by Mr. Nawaf Al-Hammadi, Deputy CEO of Programs and International Development Sector, on behalf of Qatar Charity, and Mr. Massimiliano Montanari, Save the Dream CEO, in the presence of Mr. Ali Al-Dabbagh, Deputy Director-General of the Qatar Fund for Development.Mr. Nawaf Al Hammadi said: "This agreement aims to promote trust and peace through sport, especially as it is a means of development and can have a major role in promoting development in conflict areas, and we are proud of it. It is the second partnership between Qatar Charity and Saves the Dream Organization, and we hope that this will strengthen Agreement on Peace and Development in Somalia.For his part, Mr. Massimiliano Montanari, Save the Dream CEO said:“Somalia is one of the poorest countries in the world, out of 10 people, 7 suffer from poverty. At the same time, 70 percent of its population is under the age of thirty, and we are proud, at Save the Dream, to start with Qatar Charity a project aimed at empowering these youth through sport and the power of its values.”For his part, Mr. Ali Al-Dabbagh, Deputy Director General of the Qatar Fund for Development, said: "Today we are witnessing the signing ceremony of one of the most important projects centered on the youth of Somalia, which falls within the framework of our Sports for Development and Peace initiative under the title of restoring hope and opportunities through sport."He added, "Through our strategic partners, especially our main partner in the Qatar Charity initiative, we seek to develop the skills of young men and women in economic and health terms to enhance their role in building strong societies based on the spirit of cooperation and peace through sport."The project seeks to empower a group of young people to become “agents of change” and train other young people to contribute to the development of approaches to promoting development and peace through sport.This project comes within the ongoing cooperation with Save the Dream, which included the organization of several projects and events such as a high-level joint event aimed at empowering young internally displaced people (IDPs) in Al Fasher, the capital city of North Darfur, “Darfur Dreams”, a joint initiative of Qatar Charity, QFFD and Save the Dream, and a side event held at the 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York on “The Role of Sport in Safeguarding and Empowering Refugees and IDPs”.The new initiative also aims to promote development principles through sport as an effective tool in humanitarian and development, and peacebuilding programs through several activities. It will also focus on the positive aspect of the sport in building societies and empowering children and youth, in addition to using sport as an important enabler to achieve the United Nations' sustainable development goals and promote peace and coexistence. BACKGROUND INFORMATIONAbout Save the DreamSave the Dream is an initiative established by the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) with the support of Ooredoo as a Technology Partner.It is a global nonprofit Movement of organizations, people, and athletes who believe in the power of sports to build more fair and inclusive societies and are therefore committed to promoting and protecting its core values for the good of youth and future generations.For more details please visit: http://savethedream.org/