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In 2012, Mogadishu was gripped by violence and insecurity. Back then, the idea of girls playing basketball was unthinkable. Yet, we believed in the transformative power of education and adding sports creates an outlet for survivors of violence to express themselves and build teamwork and leadership skills.

Starting a girls basketball team was not easy, however in 2016, Love Does raised enough money to build our first basketball court at the Girls Leadership Academy within the compound of Elman Peace. Basketball became more than just a program; it became another tool in our curriculum, fostering mental well-being, leadership skills, and a sense of community. Today, our court has been renovated, and the all-girls team has flourished. Eight of our students from the leadership academy now play for the national women’s team. These girls are defying odds and reclaiming their space, both on and off the court.

The basketball court in Mogadishu remains the only safe space for girls to play. It is a symbol of opportunity and inspiration, a testament to what can be achieved when hope and unwavering support converge. Love Does loves helping to make the impossible, possible.


-The Love Does Team