A MOVEMENT FOR HOPE
Through an all-refugee soccer club and a children and youth soccer academy, Darfur United is a movement to bring hope, inspiration, and joy to the displaced people of Darfur.
Darfur United Men’s Team
Darfur United was formed in 2012 as a joint effort between the refugee community, i-ACT, the UN Refugee Agency and soccer fans. That year, the team scored the Darfur community’s first international goal at Viva World Cup in Iraqi-Kurdistan. Since then, the team has been a vehicle for global awareness and a vehicle for hope and pride for the Darfur community. Learn more!
Building on the success of the Darfur United Men’s Team and the need for programs that address trauma and promote health and peace-building, iACT works directly with refugees to develop and implement the Refugees United Soccer Academy. The Academy offers refugee children a safe place to play, move, heal, and be empowered under the leadership and guidance of trained and employed men and women refugee coaches who teach the children soccer, peace-building and health skills.
The Refugees United Soccer Academy – Darfur has been implemented in refugee camps five refugee camps in eastern Chad, with plans to expand to all 12 camps. Learn more!
In 2016, iACT launched the first Refugees United Soccer Academy outside of Chad for refugees from the Central African Republic in Cameroon.
In 2014, the Darfur United Soccer Academy was awarded the Sport for Social Inclusion Award, Supported by Barclays from Beyond Sport.
A PROJECT of iACT
iACT is a Los Angeles-based international organization providing humanitarian action to aid, empower, and extend hope to those affected by mass atrocities, creating a world where people are connected and equipped to act. Since 2005, iACT has facilitated refugee-led education, sports, and human rights programs that build resilience and cultivate recovery in refugee camps in eastern Chad. Darfur United is a sports program of iACT.
In 2012, iACT received the Award for the Non-Governmental Organisation for Peace of the Year from Peace and Sport.