Fiji Football association in conjunction with UNICEF and OFC decided to reach out to Qamea with the Just Play Emergency Programme to help the children’s emotional recovery through play.
Qamea Island is one of the remote island near Taveuni off Vanua Levu and was recently hit by landslide that affected not only adults but traumatised children’s lives to date.
The team of 5 volunteers targeted four primary schools on the islands and more than 10 communities for the past two weeks. Just Play uses football as a vehicle to communicate critical emergency focused messages around safe water, personal safety, preparedness and how to deal with emotional issues resulting from a trauma.
JP Emergency team to Qamea -Jope Tamanikaira stated that Children enjoyed the sessions and parent plus teachers are thankful for the Just Play Emergency programme for helping improving children’s lives through football.
Based on the data recorded to date a total of 3021children are currently participating in Just Play from January to June, 2017.
This number does not reflect Sports days participation, festivals and other awareness activities that the programme participated in within this period.
The demand for the programme increase as we reach out to new schools and communities and FFA Just Play Programme with the assistance of all its financial partners are working very hard to meet the demands for the programme from schools and communities.
The Just Play Programme is part of the social responsibility department of Fiji Football Association in trying to give back to communities and use football as a tool in delivering social messages to children aged 6 -12yrs in schools and communities.
Fiji FA Just Play Manager