Let the Championship begin!

A fascinating new project brings together young people from Mali and Burkina Faso to compete in basketball and volleyball tournaments. 

This cross-border action involving the village of Koloko in Burkina Faso and of Finkolo in Mali has been set up with a strong peace building element to foster social cohesion through sports, as well as cultural activities in both rural communities.

Two ball courts were constructed, teams were equipped and exchange fora was organised. Cultural events including traditional music and dance performances accompanied the sports activities and captivated the people crossing the border to meet their neighbours who warmly welcomed them as friends. And now, Finkolo and Koloko, two remote rural communities, even have women’s volleyball teams!

Our gratitude goes to the donor, the Austrian Ministry of Public Service and Sport, for the valuable financial support!