Soccer without frontiers
By Sandra Ríos
In a move to encourage children to participate in sports, DIF (System for Integral Family Development) has organized a soccer game between the boys from Casa Esperanza and the boys from St. Albans School, Washington, D.C. This initiative, called “Chutando por la vida” (Shooting for life), motivates children to exercise, share and develop in a healthy way through sports. This is the second time these two teams had a friendly game together.
The President of DIF, Karla Ramirez, welcomed the children, highlighting that “San Miguel is a city that children from other countries should visit. I’m glad they’re here, and I hope they have a pleasant experience in San Miguel and, above all, that they have fun playing with the children of Casa Esperanza.” At the welcoming event, children swapped their soccer uniforms as souvenirs to take home. A friendly training match was then held between the two teams.
Ricardo de Jesús, a boy from Casa Esperanza, said he was happy the boys from Washington had come and that it was a pleasure to meet them.
The farewell match was on June 24 in the soccer field of the Sports Unit on Salida a Celaya.
Casa Esperanza is an initiative of DIF, where catering to street children through a program called DIM (Integral Development for Children). All the children who are selling in the streets, or just begging, are invited to go to Casa Esperanza; but children are not taken to Casa Esperanza against their wishes. The objective of this program is to integrate the children into the school system and find an appropriate school for them where they can continue their studies, with a scholarship provided by DIF.
DIF, San Antonio Abad 4, Centro. Tel. 152 0910