Niger, UNHCR and Fondazione Milan together for the project “Sport as Therapy”
Fondazione Milan supports “Sport as therapy”, the UNHCR project that will allow refugees evacuated from Libya to Niger to practice sport as a therapy to help them overcome their trauma. Fondazione Milan has generously funded the creation of recreational and sports areas in a reception centre under construction in Niamey, Niger. In particular, the funds will support the creation of a football pitch with stands, a basketball court and a volleyball and handball court.
The main beneficiaries of the project are refugees originating from the Horn of Africa who have been evacuated from detention centres in Libya by UNHCR. They are vulnerable people, mostly young people, who have suffered violence and torture. Many of them show the effects of deep trauma, and so the project aims to help them socialize and regain confidence and self-esteem through sport.