FIFA President Gianni Infantino recently visited a Qatar 2022 residential compound that is currently hosting a number of refugees from Afghanistan.

Infantino’s visit was accompanied by Qatar Assistant Foreign Minister HE Lolwah Al Khater and Supreme Committee of Delivery & Legacy (SC) Secretary-General HE Hassan Al Thawadi.

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Generation Amazing

Since the arrival of refugees from Afghanistan, Generation Amazing (GA) has engaged many of the younger Afghan refugees in a series of initiatives designed to provide a safe space for them to thrive in. GA is an SC legacy programme that uses football to drive social change and promote gender equality and inclusivity around the world. GA, in partnership with Qatar’s Maktaba Children’s Library, is also delivering a wide range of educational activities and offering psycho-social support to Afghan refugees of all ages.

During his visit, Infantino emphasised the important role of football, as he met with refugees being housed at the Park View Villas complex in Doha.

First of all, I would like to thank the Qatar people, the Qatar Government and His Highness the Amir of Qatar for the incredible efforts that are made by this country to welcome so many people from Afghanistan as they live through difficult moments of their lives but are able to come here as a safe haven.

The fact that this compound – something that was thought to be useful for the FIFA World Cup – has been able to be transformed into a home for people from Afghanistan for a transitional period is something that of course, fills us with joy.

Infantino also visited the nursery and the outdoor five-a-side football pitch at the facility, both of which are being used to deliver GA programmes as part of its efforts to support the many refugees that have been evacuated to Qatar.

The FIFA President explained the important role of football in supporting the Afghanistan people in these times of great difficulty, with the football community already mobilising itself to help football players and their families arriving in countries around the world that have had to leave their homeland.

FIFA World Cup™ social impact and legacy

With just over one year to go until Qatar hosts the first FIFA World Cup™, tournament organisers continue to stress the social impact and legacy the tournament will have on the region.

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SC Secretary-General HE Hassan Al Thawadi said it was a humbling experience to meet those forced from their homes and to listen to their personal stories. He said that the government of Qatar is exerting every effort to ensure that the health, dignity, and welfare of refugees is preserved and protected.

I’m pleased that the SC’s Generation Amazing can contribute to these efforts, through providing facilities for playing football and sport, and books and reading materials for children.

By providing safe spaces for young people to learn, play football and express themselves, he said that the SC hope to play a small role in alleviating the pain of displacement. He said that their involvement is driven by a long track record of projects in which many of Generation Amazing’s initiatives have had a positive impact on communities they are intended to serve, something that GA is committed to doing long after the World Cup in 2022.

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