NEW VIDEO! LINK IN BIO... In June of 2018, @kickstart.joy and the Catalyst Foundation for Universal Education invited me to join them on a trip to Jordan to document the work they are doing running soccer programs for children living in Syrian refugee camps.
We spent five days in two different refugee camps: Zaatari and Al-Azraq. We brought a training staff of current and former professional soccer players, as well as hundreds of cleats and uniforms donated by people all across the United States.
I was so grateful for the opportunity to document this project. As a former Stanford soccer player who now spends my time documenting humanitarian issues, this was a combination of the things I care about most.
I hope you enjoy this video, which tells the stories of Ali Osama Al Wadi (13) and Laila Shukri Shwamrah (12), two kids who have been living in Za’atari Refugee Camp for over 5 years. They talk about their experience at the start of the war in Syria, what it’s like living in the refugee camp, and the role soccer plays in their lives today.
Zaatari Refugee Camp - Jordan