Fighting against child labor through sports in the Dominican Republic

480 children enjoy sports sessions and training in values

480 children enjoy sports sessions and training in values 480 children enjoy sports sessions and training in values play

The Escuelas Sociodeportivas project in the Dominican Republic, run by the Fundación Amigos del Real Madrid (Friends of Real Madrid Foundation) and the Salesian Missions, which has been supported by Fundación MAPFRE since 2009, aims to improve the quality of life of at-risk children or child street workers in Santo Domingo.

This project serves 480 children and seeks the training and social promotion of the beneficiaries, and a reduction in child workers and delinquency. In order to achieve this, the project offers sports practice and academic support as well as psychological and legal guidance.

Through the appeal of football and basketball these schools manage to attract the recipients and their families to take part in a comprehensive training program, which is run through sports and includes getting kids back in school, social esteem and family integration. 

In addition to sports sessions, the project includes monitoring the continued academic progress of every recipient, as well as checking on their families to see how they are getting on together.

The Fundación Real Madrid works to preserve and maintain the historical heritage of the club, to foster the values inherent in sport as their main asset, to encourage comprehensive children and young people's education and bring about the social inclusion of vulnerable populations. Since the first school was created in Argentina in 2003, the foundation's work has grown considerably and it currently has 261 schools in more than 72 countries on five continents where more than 33,986 children and young people from at-risk backgrounds benefit from their work.