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    Helping Mohamad get the right stuff for young athletes at Za'atari Refugee Camp

    Day 143

    A New Uniform

    Mohamad Al Shami is one of a true Changemaker in Zaatari Camp. He’s the sports facilitator and plans outreach to help refugee youth stay active and involved.

    Mohamad said that most kids can’t afford clothes or shoes for sports. They typically come to the youth center with the same clothes every day and play barefoot.

    But, they’re very dedicated in training, and love to play in tournaments!

    “I see these boys almost every day, usually in the same clothes,” said Mohamad. “I realized that giving them a sports uniform will have a huge effect on how they feel and how they see themselves.”

    Mohamad had an idea – he suggested getting shorts, t-shirts, and shoes for 20 youth who play soccer at the center.

    “These youth received something without feeling like they need to achieve something specific to deserve a nice set of clothes,” he said. “It’s not a prize. It’s something for you, because you are human and you love to play soccer!”

    The boys were so happy! They kept asking, “What is that for?” And we said, “It’s not for anything special! It’s just for you guys!”

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