New organization is fighting for vulnerable girls in Sierra Leone
In Sierra Leone, girls are usually not allowed to participate in any kind of sport. We want to help change this fact. Therefore, hummel has, together with the non-profit organization Football for A New Tomorrow (FANT), created a sister-organization to FANT by the name HAND – short for Handball for A New Destiny.
We have chosen to focus on handball since handball is a relatively unknown sport in the country – and therefore not already “reserved” for boys. With HAND we have the opportunity to build the sport from scratch, and not least make it a niche where girls can more easily be allowed to participate.
HAND’s mission is to introduce the girls to the sport of handball – teach them about the rules of the game, distribute handball equipment and establish handball clubs, where the girls can meet regularly to play handball – but also to educate the girls on democratic principles and human rights.
HAND believes that women’s integration into handball can help change attitudes and give the girls an opportunity for a more independent and dignified life.
The training facilities in Sierra Leone is a big challenge and it’s HAND’s hope that they can also be part of developing better facilities for the girls.
hummel aims to give HAND a flying start at the World Championship in Japan
hummel is proud sponsor of the International Handball Federation (IHF). On the latest IHF congress in Gothenburg, we introduced the new HAND initiative. The initiative was welcomed, and is fully in line with one of IHF’s defined focus areas: promoting women’s handball worldwide.
Now, hummel has chosen to highlight the fight for women’s rights and inclusion in handball by creating a campaign in connection with the Women’s Handball World Championship in Japan.
hummel is the official sponsor of the “Player of the Match” awards, and gives each player of the match (96 matches in total), the opportunity to donate hummel handball equipment to two handball teams from HAND.
All in all, we expect to donate 1300 sets of handball equipment for HAND and the girls in Sierra Leone.
hummel is looking forward to following HAND in the future and watch the sport of handball grow in Sierra Leone. Furthermore, we are excited to have the opportunity to continue our fight for girls’ rights.
In the video you can hear Cecilie Hauerberg, the founder of FANT and HAND, talk about the work they do in HAND. You can also meet Annie Friday, coach in HAND, that explains what handball means to her. Click the image to watch the video.
“My name is Annie Friday, and I'm the coach of both HAND and the national handball team in Sierra Leone. I love handball. It changed my life and everything I dreamed of. It's not normal for girls to do sport in Sierra Leone, because people believe that it’s a waste of time for girls to do sport, and prefer that the girls do domestic work instead. Therefore, getting the girls involved in sport is not easy – but by the help of HAND we are getting there.”
Olympic gold medalist is new ambassador for HAND
Josephine Touray, former Danish national handball team player, Olympic gold medalist – and now ambassador for HAND, is excited about the opportunity to create awareness of the organization.
“Handball has for many years been my everything, and I know how much it means to be part of a community and experience the pride and solidarity it brings to play team sport. That’s why it’s amazing that the initiative to have the world’s best female handball players donate handball equipment for vulnerable girls this time goes to HAND and the girls in Sierra Leone.”
The picture shows Josephine during handball practice in Freetown, Sierra Leone.