The Paris Saint-Germain Endowment Fund, the charitable arm of the preeminent sport club in France, and KLABU, a Dutch social start-up which provides access to sport in refugee camps today announced they will build sport club centres at refugee camps starting with the Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar.
Together and with the full support of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, they will build sport club centres for thousands of refugee and host community young people living in and near refugee camps, the first of its kind to be opened at a refugee camp by a sports club.
Their multiyear project will kick off at the Rohingya camp, in in partnership with Bangladeshi NGO Friendship, which runs healthcare and education programs for the Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshi host community children.
The project's Club Centre has been co-designed by partner Solarkiosk and will be implemented by Friendship and KLABU under the supervision of Solarkiosk. The project will also deliver an innovative mobile sport library solution that will widen the reach across refugee camps and share the power and joy of sport with the larger community.
Runa Khan, founder and executive director of Friendship: "We thank the Paris Saint-Germain Endowment Fund, KLABU, and UNHCR for taking this initiative, which will not only promote mental wellbeing of Rohingya children but also help them recover from stress and traumatic experiences they have been through."
Thomas Rieger, co-founder and CEO of Solarkiosk: "We are happy and proud to be part of this truly impactful project and enable and empower young refugees with our solar solutions which are tailored for remote and off-grid areas worldwide."