Culturally there has not been a tradition of women’s sports in the Eastern Congo, but there are plenty of women who would love to play.For the past five years Project Congo has worked to expand athletic opportunities for young Congolese women through sponsoring the Goma Lady Lions, or the Simbas.Until this year, the Simbas were the only women’s soccer team in Goma, but the girls’ enthusiasm for soccer and the support of many generous donors has now made it possible for Project Congo to expand our program.The city of Goma is now home to a second women’s soccer team, the Kabashas.Boththe Simbas and the Kabashas desperately need financial help and supplies to continue their programs. They would love to find a sponsor or even "sister teams" in the USA to provide encouragement and support.No gesture is too small to change a life.With your help, our soccer programs can continue to grow, providing a way for girls to build self esteem and rebuild their lives which have been shattered by war and poverty.
The Simbas and Kabashas desperately need financial help and supplies to continue their program. They would love to find a sponsor ot even "sister teams" in the USA to provide encouragement and support. Contact Project Congo to find out how you can help!
Consider sponsoring one of our players. For 250$ dollars a year you can provide her with a high school education and a brighter future.
To support Girls Soccer in the Congo, please click on the Just Give button. Make sure to note you want your donation used "for girls soccer" in the "Designate my donation Box" at the bottom of the page. If you wish to sponsor a player please write "girls tuition sponsorship" Sponsorship for high school tuition s 250$ a year. You will receive basic biographic information on the girl you sponsor, as well as updates.
The Simbas get soccer cleats from Soccer Plus in Dayton, Ohio and Uniforms from the University of Dayton
Girls playing soccer in Goma
One of the team's star players
Players watch from sidelines, some with their infants
The Simbas in action
The Goma Lady Lions (Simba women’s soccer club)
-The Goma Lady Lions or Simbas are a non profit women’s soccer club located in Goma DRC. The association was formed 12/06/2006.
-The goal of the club is to promote women’s sports and self esteem and at the same time break down inter ethnic barriers and foster a team and community spirit.
-The Simbas are an affilitate member of the Congolese Soccer Federation and participate in the Provincial Division of w soccer.omen’s
-We seek to train and engage troubled girls (single mothers, orphans, illiterate, street children, unemployed and victims of war.)
-We provide teaching for our players on HIV/AIDS and safe sexual practices.
-We fight against tribalism and ethnic conflict
-We provide vocational training in Sewing and Tailoring, Culinary Arts, Hairstyling and Agriculture with to goal of making the women self-supporting.
-Our long term goals are to promote to value of women in society, encourage women’s sports and develop self-esteem and self- reliance in our players.
-In the future we would like to be able to offer workshops and build an office/club house
-Our greatest challenge is lack of equipment and financing to realize our projects. We depend on donor support to keep the program running.
-We are currently unable to pay our coaches, buy new equipment or pay travel expenses to participate at Nationals for which we qualified.
-We currently fund two teams with a total of 33 players. We have many more girls who would like to play. -We are currently staffed with one coach, one attendant and one team medical assistant. We would like to double these positions to provide adequate attention to the players.
Our players are the number one beneficiaries of our efforts and continue to be our focus. We would like to engage other clubs, charities, donors or sponsors to help us continue our vision.