2015 Annual Report
No Longer an Orphan.
Ziad became an orphan when his entire family was killed when an indiscriminate Israeli bomb killed his entire family last year. The fear and shock of that trauma and its horrible consequences cannot be over-stated on a child.
Ziad was placed in an SOS village in Gaza where PACES has had an active and successful program for a few years. Though initially reluctant to participate, and always wanting to be alone, Ziad reluctantly joined the program.
It took many long weeks for Ziad to gradually open up, but after many baby steps, and through the support of his two new families, the SOS and PACES, Ziad’s behaviour has changed and he now looks forward to playing football with his friends and brothers.
PACES boys at the West Asian Football Cup
As part of the preparations for the West Asian Football Cup and the qualifying rounds for the U16 Asia Football Cup, the Palestinian Football Association called up 33 boys to take part in the preparation camp that was held at the Jericho International Stadium between the 22nd and the 27th of June 2015.
As with the U16 and U14 national girls teams in both Palestine and Jordan,PACES boys have been part of this process a large numbers. Thirteen boys from several clubs that are associated with PACES were selected, some having recently graduated from our programs while others are still enrolled in them. Furthermore, 4 of these boys participated in the 2014 Norway cup in which PACES achieved 3rd place, while two others took part of PACES team that participated at the Gothia cup in Sweden in 2012.
Year after year the PACES success story continues whether by supporting and nurturing young talents and motivating girls and boys to reach high levels of achievements in sports, or being involved in all aspects of their lives from health and hygiene, to environment and education, our impact on thousands of children and on hundreds of coaches remains un-rivaled .
2014 Annual Report
Jordan crowned champions of the 2015 AFC U-14 Girls’ Regional Championship
After the success of PACES girls with Palestine national team at the Arab U-17 Women’s Cup, Jordan’s U-14 girls team has just achieved an astonishing result at the AFC U-14 Girls’ Regional Championship for the West Zone that was held in Manama – Bahrain. The Nashama girls of Jordan were crowned champions on Friday ahead of UAE as runners up and Palestine in 3rd place.
The 8 girls from PACES displayed excellent performance, while a ninth, also from PACES, Leen Btoush, was named MVP and best scorer of the tournament with 12 goals.
Another 11 girls from PACES were on the Palestinian team that came in third place with yet another remarkable achievement.
Year by year PACES’s support to clubs in Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon is achieving its one of its many objectives: our children are reaching high levels of play while adhering to exemplary behavior and work-ethic.
Jordan will be hosting the U-17 women world cup in September 2016, as the hosting nation Jordan’s Nashama have already qualified while Palestine is now in the process of playing is qualification games.