Football to Develop Destitute (FODEDE) is a non-profit organization that is at the vanguard of harnessing the talent of underprivileged people, and particularly women. They use football as a catalyst in restoring hope and uniting youths affected by the prolonged period of civil crisis in Liberia. Their motto is “Searching for a Better Future.”
Two decades of civil wars have resulted in high unemployment and a high rate of poverty for young people and women in particular. The Liberian civil war created huge instability with a vast number of displaced people (HRW, 2013) Young people and women are often victims of sexual exploitation, crime, and other related problems (FODEDE).
The 2014 Ebola outbreak presented one of the main challenges to the country – more than 4,000 people died due to the disease (CDC, 2019).