The all-refugee Women’s Soccer Team

Their community said women couldn’t play soccer. Now, a group of Darfuri women living in refugee camps on the edge of eastern Chad are forming their own team, and they need your support.

This fall, building on the success of the Darfur United Men’s Team, iACT is creating the Darfur United Women’s Team and giving the women of Darfur living in isolated refugee camps the opportunity to train, compete, and represent their people on the field, and bring new possibilities for women and girls in their community, where few exist today. And we need your help. Support the women and join their extraordinary journey!

Join #TeamDarfurW today!

AN INVESTMENT FOR THE FUTURE

Your involvement and support is an investment in iACT’s ideas, people, and belief that humanitarian action for communities affected by violent conflict can meet the immediate and long-term needs of refugees while being dynamic, refugee-led, transparent, and impactful. This is why we ensure individuals and groups have ways to be connected and get involved.

To learn more about how you can get involved, email Felicia Lee at felicia@iactivism.org.

Meet the brave women pioneering women’s soccer in their community

Fatna

Fatna likes playing soccer because it makes her feel stronger. She says she teaches children “so that they dream of also being coaches one day.”

Fatna is also one of the coaches at the Refugees United Soccer Academy in refugee camp Farchana, located in eastern Chad. This camp hosts over 27,000 refugees originally from Darfur, Sudan.

Souhaila

Souhaila, 21, lives in Darfuri refugee camp Goz Amer, eastern Chad, and is bold and goofy with an infectious personality. She has great foot skills, too! When Souhaila found out she had been selected to be one of four Refugees United Soccer Academy coaches in her camp, she said:

“I feel so good, and know that I will become a leader in Goz Amer. I hope to travel to other camps one day and help train new coaches.”

GO SOCIAL

Be part of #TeamDarfurW by sharing the journey of the women, from now through their first training camp this October. Show the women your support by posting a photo of yourself flexing your muscles—or your team, your family, or friends flexing theirs!—and post it with the hashtag #TeamDarfurW.

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as #TeamDarfurW is asked to share out, shout out, and take on unique challenges as we approach the first-ever DU Women’s Team training camp!

Using Instagram? Tag us at @Darfur_United

Share this opportunity by inviting others to be part of this extraordinary moment!

Post a photo of yourself flexing your muscles on social media and include this message:

I’m flexing my muscles for the first-ever, all-refugee @DarfurUnited Women’s Soccer Team! Will you join me? Find out how you can Go Social, Give, Host, Sponsor at bit.ly/TeamDarfurW #TeamDarfurW #withrefugees #WomeninFootball @iact

It’s time to shine the spotlight on the women of @DarfurUnited so the world will know their leadership, spirit, and resilience. Support the first-ever, all refugee DU Women’s Soccer team: Go Social, Give, Host, Sponsor: bit.ly/TeamDarfurW #TeamDarfurW #WomeninFootball @iact

GIVE

Giving an easy monetary gift is one of the quickest and simplest ways to ensure the successful launch of the DU Women’s Team!

Sponsor a Player

As an individual or community, sponsor one of the first-ever Darfur United Women’s Team players for $450. You will be providing her with transportation, meals, training materials, and team gear, including a uniform. Our team can help your team execute the best fundraising game-plan!

Donate

Donate any amount to support the team.

Join The Pride

Join The Pride, the Darfur United Supporters’ Club. For $25, connect with players, sport DU gear, and amplify the voice of the Darfuri community.

HOST

There are several effortless events you can host in support of the Women’s Team! These are just a few examples:

Facebook Fundraiser

Start a Facebook Fundraiser in support of the Darfur United Women’s Team. Download digital material (such as photos) for social media use here.

Host a Dinner

Host an iACT Gathering to raise awareness and funds.

Equipment Drive

Organize a new and gently-used equipment drive for:

  • new socks
  • cleats: women’s sizes 8, 9, 10, 11
  • shin guards
  • new sports bras
  • leggings
  • pinnies
  • sport hijabs: set of 20
  • water bottles: set of 20
  • sport duffle bags: set of 20
  • first-aid kit
  • cones
  • size 3, 4, 5 balls
  • pop-up goals
  • ladders

We’ve done this before…

For an idea of what it’s like to be part of the Darfur United family, watch the trailer of the upcoming Darfur United Men’s Team documentary: