Connecting villages, by football of course

Garmaam & Megaladi teams

Garmaam & Megaladi teams

What better way to have fun and connect two villages we’re serving, than to serve up a friendly competition of football (American soccer)?

We arranged for this fun day of football between two villages we’re serving in here in east Ethiopia — Garmaam and Megaladi. Megaladi had home field advantage.

We played with the kids from Megaladi while we waited for the Garmaam team to arrive. When they did, we handed out uniforms we’d purchased for all the players (perspective: it’s now probably the only other clothes they have). Then the young men, with extra enthusiasm, battled it out in friendly fun.

It was a hot day, but the great energy and play was refreshing for everyone.

Oh, and the score? Garmaam won 2-0. But we gave game balls to BOTH villages to take home, giving them many more hours of fun back in their village.

Arriving in Megaladi for the game

Arriving in Megaladi for the game

Dog, Dog, Goat

Duck, duck, goose (Somali: dog, dog, goat) while waiting!

The Megaladi team is ready

The Megaladi team is ready

The Garmaam team arrives!

The Garmaam team arrives!

Game time!

Game time!

 

Battling in the hot sun

Battling in the hot sun

Great moves :-)

Great moves :-)

Kids on the sidelines got stickers

Kids on the sidelines got stickers

Other kids told us how they felt about us

Other kids told us how they felt about us

Daaaaang cute

Daaaaang cute

Garmaam team wins 2-0

Garmaam team wins 2-0

Everyone's happy for a great day

Everyone's happy for a great day

 

 

 


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Written by Jeff Power

Jeff is the founder of Pangeo Coffee. He's been dedicated to full-time humanitarian development with poor villages in Africa, Asia and the Middle East since 2007. Follow Jeff's travels and work on his personal blog: Pangeo.us, and on twitter at @jeffpower.