Ragball Site:

Djibouti, Djibouti

About the Site:


In partnership with the US State Department and FHI 360, Ragball modified its soccer-based curriculum to be delivered during a week-long soccer-based financial and environmental camp for 74 Djiboutian youth ages 10-18 in February 2015 in Djibouti. The Ragball Djibouti camp was facilitated by three experienced Ragball facilitators from the United States and South Africa.

Findings show the camp was well received by youth, who exhibited increased knowledge and communication on financial and environmental issues. Participants enjoyed playing soccer, making ragballs, and discussing topics related to recycling, saving money, and becoming actively engaged in their communities. 

Ragballs are made of:

Recycled newspapers, fruit bags, and plastic shopping bags

Hear from the Djibouti Ragball Participants:

“When I used to work and I would get my money, I would spend it all. When I … like something, I buy it. But now, I know a lot of things: I know how to save my money, how to care about myself, and to think about the future.”
— Fathuma, older participant
“Before this, when I was crossing the street, I saw a lot of trash. I never thought about it. But yesterday when we played the game (environment game), it made me think about it. Before yesterday we would just leave the things on the ground, now I know I can use those things.”
— Siman, younger participant
“In my heart, I believe this [camp] was great. I want to teach another person how to make great and beautiful things to sell. Maybe we can start a business.”
— Aesha, older participant
“When I come here, you taught us how it is important to be as one, brother and sister, how to take care of each other. I feel we were like one.”
— Aesha, older participant
“When I go home, my mom and my dad asked me ‘what are you going to do with these things?’ I told them ‘I am going to make a football. My teacher taught me how to make it.’ When I made it, they were impressed. It was amazing. Then my two young brothers asked me to make a football for them, so I made my brothers two balls... Before I came here I wasn’t doing anything, but now that I have come here all of my neighborhood is impressed. One of my neighbor, she asked me to make balls for her kids. Tomorrow, I will make balls for her children.”
— Hassan, older participant