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FIFA expands its program "Football for Hope" in 24 countries

GENEVA, July 10 (KUNA) -- The International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) approved Tuesday a further 27 programmes in 24 countries, at a total cost of USD one million, as part of its "Football for Hope" movement.
Of those organisations with mostly long-running programmes that are set to receive support from FIFA, 12 are in Africa with a further nine in North, Central and South America, four in Europe and two in Asia.
These additional programs, whose inclusion has been ratified by the sub-committee of the Committee for Fair Play and Social Responsibility, will take Football for Hope to a whole new dimension.
The movement already uses the power of football to support more than 60 programmes in 40 different countries via concrete, sustainable projects.
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter expressed his delight by the expansion of the movement and said that FIFA takes its social responsibility very seriously as part of its aim to build a better future.
"That is why we have declared Football for Hope to be a movement and an activity of strategic importance and we are proud that we are now in a position to support more organisations in their work," he added in a statement released by FIFA Tuesday.
The Football for Hope movement is the key element of a strategic alliance led by FIFA and "street football world," the driving force behind a global network of non-governmental organisations that develops projects in which football is the common denominator.
By drawing on its huge potential, football will be in a position to help the United Nations reach its Millennium Goals by 2015.
Following the example set by the industrialised nations in 2002 with their agreement to earmark 0.7 percent of their gross domestic product for international development aid, FIFA has also decided to invest at least the same percentage of its overall income in worldwide social developments through football.
The Football for Hope movement, as of July 1, includes organizations in Cameroon, Mali , Sierra Leone, Zambia, Cape Verde Islands , Liberia, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Cambodia , India, Norway, England, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, USA , Colombia, Argentina , Chile, Bolivia, Brazil, Peru, and Paraguay. (end) hn.ema KUNA 101512 Jul 07NNNN