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Airtel sponsors Play for Peace children’s football tournament

Wednesday 8 August 2018, by : Muremyi Viateur
    Yasomwe na

In a bid to impart the importance of peace in their lives from childhood, Airtel sponsored the Play for Peace children’s football tournament that took place from Monday to Wednesday this week.

The tournament, that took place at the Youth for Christ Center in Kibagabaga and finals at the IPRC Stadium, Kicukiro, Kigali, is part of the Pentecostal Church of Rwanda’s (ADEPR) Ambassadors Football Program Ministry that aims at reaching out to children and youth using football.

“We at Airtel are proud to join hands together with the ADEPR church to teach children and youth the value of peace using football, the game every child enjoys in Rwanda,” said Amit Chawla, the Airtel Rwanda Commercial Director as the tournament drew to a close.

He added that he hoped the children now understand the concept of peace and will maintain it in their daily lives to even become peacemakers.

The tournament brought together 150 children from the five provinces of Rwanda forming 10 boys’ and girls’ teams.

Paul Seneza, the country coordinator of the program, said that sports have become effective channels to spread the gospel.

He said they had chosen the theme in line with International Peace Day to take place in September.

“Children could be good ambassadors of peace. When you instill good character and values in children at a young age, they grow with them. During the three day program, the children will be learning skills development in football and the word of God,” Seneza said.

He added that in addition to teaching godly and cultural values to students, it is also possible that some can grow to engage into professional football at club level and the national team.

Ephraim Karuranga, Legal representative of ADEPR, said that the Ambassadors Football Program has transformed over 100 children who are former addicts to drugs and school dropouts.

“Recently, youth face many challenges and we should not wait for transforming them once they are engaged but we have to prepare them earlier and grow with positive attitudes,” Karuranga said.

He added that such holiday programs keep children busy and keep them from being idle.

Since its successful acquisition of Tigo Rwanda this year, Airtel Rwanda is now the country’s leading telecom company with over 5.1 million subscribers.

About Bharti Airtel

Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 16 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 3 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers.

In India, the company’s product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, mobile commerce, fixed line services, high speed home broadband, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers.

In the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G, 3G, 4G wireless services and mobile commerce. Bharti Airtel had over 394 million customers across its operations at the end of December 2017.

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