International Judo Federation Honoured For Giving Lessons To Children In Refugee Camp On Syria - Turkey Border

International Judo Federation honoured for giving lessons to children in refugee camp on Syria-Turkey borderThe "Judo for Peace" project has been recognised after giving lessons to more than 300 children in the crisis-hit region.
Over 300 kids in a refugee camp on the Syria /Turkey border are taking part in Judo lessons.
Now Judo chiefs have won a top award for taking the sport into the camp where the refugees live in containers.

The children are taking part in the sport as part of a new “Judo for Peace” project.
The International Judo Federation has won the prize for “Creativity by International Sports Federations.”

The citation from the judges said the IJF won “for its efforts in bringing judo and its values to children in the refugee camp in Kilis, Turkey, located right on the border to Syria.

“It is an area where international organisations hardly go to.”

The project has provided coaches and equipment to implement the programme which ran almost every week throughout 2015.

IJF President Marius Vizer said taking judo to the camp had brought children “a small island of happiness".

He added: "We need to invest in our children. Sport can change the world and judo can teach young refugees honesty and fearlessness."

The “container city” refugee camp in Kilis hosts about 17,000 Syrian refugees, of which 10,000 are under 15 years old.

The project for refugees in the Kilis camp which provides primitive accommodation in 20-square metre containers.

It also brought the refugee children in contact with the local Turkish children, helping to overcome suspicions and potential divisions and isolation.

The Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Awards was inaugurated by the Ruler of Dubai in 2007.