Barca, UN team up to help kids through sport

GENEVA: Barcelona on Tuesday signed an agreement with the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) to help refugee children in Ecuador, Nepal and Rwanda develop important life skills through sport. 

“As a football club, our most important assets are our football stars. They are the ones who can give that touch of happiness to the most vulnerable people,” Barcelona president Joan Laporta (pic) said at the signing ceremony, which was also attended by UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres. 

“Barcelona have the capacity to communicate to society such important values as tolerance, which is crucial for society's acceptance of refugees and other people in difficult and vulnerable situations,” Guterres said. 

The partnership is initially due to run for three years but the UNHCR said it is “expected to signal the beginning of a long term relationship of cooperation between the two institutions”. 

The UNHCR and Barcelona will jointly identify and design a number of education and life skills projects through sports activities to benefit child refugees in Ecuador, Nepal and Rwanda. 

The Catalan side have a long history of philanthropic and charitable activities, and already has partnerships with Unicef and Unesco. – AFP 

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