Kolo to visit African school for Save the Children campaign
- Sun 07 Oct 2012, 5:53PM
- Posted by Mark Booth
City and Ivory Coast defender promoting benefits of healthy eating on trip back to his homeland.
Football's international break is not only an opportunity for players to press their international claims but it’s also a chance to put something back into their communities – something Kolo will be doing with Save the Children on his trip home to Abidjan.
Kolo will visit a Save the Children supported school in the Ivorian capital to help spread the message of good nutrition to children. He will then participate in a classroom chat on the importance of a healthy diet, before running the rule over the pupil’s ball skills in a quick kick-around on the playground.
Save the Children started working in Côte d’Ivoire in 1996, helping refugee children from Liberia. Since the war broke out in 2002 we’ve been responding to children’s survival needs.
The country is still recovering from the violence that marked the 2010 election and it’s hoped that visits like Kolo’s will bring vital exposure to the problems that still exist in this corner of the continent.
Working with government ministries and local organisations in the Odienne, Man, Guiglo and San Pedro provinces, Save the Children ensures that the most vulnerable children are given access to quality education, free healthcare and medicines, protecting children from violence, exploitation and abuse.
This visit will be documented by BBC Sport for a segment on BBC World Football Focus.