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A Football Agent Using Sport to Aid Homeless Youngsters

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By Oduola Farouq

An ordinary school in Kodjoviakope, a neighborhood in Togo’s capital near the Ghanaian border, has been honored for doing amazing things to help homeless children.

It all began when Jean Koffi Akpo, a professional football agent and manager, got motivated to address a developing problem.

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“Many youngsters between the ages of seven and fifteen are homeless. Even in the cold season, they sleep on the beach and in the rain. This climate encourages people to engage in criminal activity such as drug trafficking, theft, dubious business dealings, and violence, he told reporters.

Koffi, who works at the Sporting Club of Lomé, came up with the concept of using football “as a mediator” to bring the youngsters together and prevent violence, and the institution backed him up.

“There is no language in football,” he stated. “You can play it if you bring kids from different nations together, and that’s basically what we did — now they’re like one big family.”

In addition, the football agent has been working to enroll homeless children in school so that they can “learn to read and write” as well as get carpentry and masonry skills. He also dreams of having his own school and football academy with a little farm close to it to feed the kids from the harvest.

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