A vision for the future

Alex Foto in Brazil.

Environment student kicks off in World Vision Cup

Guest blog by Alex Foto

My name is Alex Foto, I am 19 years old, and I am entering my second year at the University of Waterloo studying International Development. I am fortunate to have grown up in Canada, a country where things like access to health care, education, and basic nutrition are often things we take for granted. At the beginning of May I travelled to Brazil with World Vision to participate in the World Vision Cup.

 While there I worked alongside youth from countries all over the world striving towards one common goal: the elimination of violence against children in Brazil. It was great how despite the language barriers and cultural differences we were able to effectively work together to create a letter of recommendation which was presented to a representative from the United Nations as well as members of the government from Brazil. It was incredible how we worked together and created something so powerful to help kids just like us.

Not only did we spark this amazing movement, but we also had a blast playing soccer! Although there were varying skill levels, myself being one of the more inexperienced in soccer, true sportsmanship and love of the game shone through as we mixed up our countries to play in an unforgettable and fun-filled tournament. These games truly represented the ability for countries to collaborate and work towards something greater than ourselves, which at the end of the day is what will change the world and I am very honoured and proud to have been a part of such an amazing event.

I look forward to being able to share my experiences, as well as our letter with members of my community in the hope that they will understand the importance of taking a stand in fighting for a better future for youth in developing countries. I believe the work that was done in Recife, Brazil was only the beginning of a movement that is upon us. 

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