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Kenya-based programme wins FIFA Diversity Award 2018

A Kenya-based programme that gives life skills and support to teenage girls through football has won Fifa’s Diversity Award for 2018.

Kenya’s Horn of Africa Development Initiative (HODI), who are using the power of football to combat social barriers while fostering safety, were presented with the FIFA Diversity Award 2018 during at a ceremony in London on Sunday.

“This award is an important recognition and puts the wind behind our sails,” said Hodi’s Noor Abdulkadir.

The organisation’s flagship programme, Shoot to Score, helps to prevent children from being forced into ethnic rivalry and conflict, providing safe spaces for learning a culture of non-violence through football.

Fifa’s Diversity Award “recognises an outstanding organisation striving for diversity and anti-discrimination”.

FIFA Diversity Award recipients

2016: Slum Soccer (India)
2017: Soccer Without Borders (USA/Nicaragua/Uganda)
2018: Horn of Africa Development Initiative (Kenya)

HODI was selected as the winner of the FIFA Diversity Award 2018 by a high-profile 11-strong jury comprising global experts in tackling discrimination and renowned figures from world football, including Clarence Seedorf and Abby Wambach. As this year’s winner, HODI is invited to form the jury of the FIFA Diversity Award for the 2019 edition.

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