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The power of sport. Afghanistan

Promoting the social reintegration of disabled men and women into society through wheelchair basketball and other sports activities in Afghanistan.

This project aims to facilitate the social integration of disabled men and women through wheelchair basketball and other sports. Sports raise self-esteem and provide opportunities to build social relations as being part of a team gives dignity and the right to play – a right so often denied in a country that has been at war for 40 years, where disabled people mostly have little more than compassion.

Nove Onlus financially supports the supply of custom-made competition wheelchairs for both male and female Afghan national teams, and the teams’ participation in international tournaments (registration fees, hotels and flights). The goals recently reached by the national teams include the men’s team’s participation in the 2018 World Cup and Asian Para Games qualifiers and the women’s historic fifth place at the 2018 Asian Para Games.

In Afghanistan, there is only on paralympic indoor arena, in Kabul. The project is fundraising to build more – in Herat and other towns – to facilitate the access of disabled persons to sports, particularly women, who are rarely allowed to play outdoors.

Sponsors: Ra.Mo Spa

Partners: Afghan Wheelchair Basketball Federation

For more details contact the administrative manager of the project, Elena Noacco

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