My crazy buddy Scotty Lee’s organization Spirit of Soccer is featured on Fifa.com. The article is really cool for me to read because I’ve met all the coaches mentioned in it, but you should check it out.
In a land where almost two million people died through war and hunger, Gne Kom’ Sorth’s story is unexceptional. On the day she was born her father was murdered by the Khmer Rouge. The young girl grew up in a terrifying environment involving dances with death through minefields as she fled between villages. But now, thirty years on, Gne Kom is fulfilling the vow made to the dad she never knew by helping to bring joy to the very fields that witnessed so much horror during Cambodia’s long civil war.
This year she became one of just two Cambodian women to pass the FIFA-approved D-license football coaching badge. Among the six to be recruited by the organisation Spirit of Soccer, a Football for Hope Implementing Partner and streetfootballworld network member, she is now imparting her knowledge of football and of the dangers posed by landmines to a new generation of children born after the fall of the Khmer Rouge but still being killed and maimed in high numbers.
When NGO’s employ locals – essentially, having a people help themselves – I think their causes are served much better.