Project Jugamos "Let's Play": designing and implementing sport for development programs in impoverished rural regions

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Sport for development
International development and sport
Sport for development

Play represents not only an enjoyable past time, but is also a way to foster peace and development. Through play, children learn valuable life lessons, such as the importance of cooperation, teamwork, and leadership. At the same time, participation in play has been shown to improve overall mental and physical health. While many international organizations are utilizing the benefits of sport and play, the tools to conduct sport for development programs have not been made readily available to communities most in need. This project details the actual experience of creating and establishing a sport for development program in the municipality of Copán, Honduras, in order to improve the overall health of the community. By working in collaboration with community members, and local organizations in Honduras, Jugamos “Let’s Play” established a program that currently provides over 450 children workshops in health, nutrition and hygiene, as well as the opportunity to play.

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School for International Studies - Simon Fraser University
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Project (M.A.)