Judo for fred is Norwegian and means “judo for peace”.
Judo for fred wants to make judo available to all children in Zambia and Afghanistan, particularly the girls. As a result of war and poverty, sports and play have been taken away from the children. We want to give it back.
The work is based on local initiatives and is mainly a volunteer effort. Judo for fred contributes with funding, equipment and know-how to make the activities possible. Today, over 1200 children in Afghanistan and Zambia practise judo as a result of this program.
Judo for fred is a committee under the Norwegian Judo Federation, and the program has been realised through countless hours of volunteer work, together with financial support from Norad and private sponsors.
Judo for fred operates several judo clubs in Afghanistan and Zambia, and our primary expenses are judo suits, mats and food for the children after practice.
We have been working in Afghanistan for more than 12 years, and over 1100 Afghan children receive food and training on a regular basis as a result of the program. We cooperate with the Afghanistan Judo Federation as well as schools, orphanages and centres for street working children.
In 2013 we started activities in Zambia, and today we run two judo clubs with almost 100 members in total. Our focus is on grassroots activities, and in Zambia we fund the operation of our two clubs, both of which are in Livingstone. One of our board members, Ida Ruiken, is in 2014–2015 working as a volunteer for the Zambia Judo Association to help with further expansion of the country’s judo activities.