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Basketball Court at The Dzaleka Refugee Camp


Site: Kaluza Village (Population: 550)


July 2018

- October 2019

Primary sector

project cost

MK 1,701,022.50

(USD 2,268)

People impacted

280 Directly

373 Indirectly

UN Sustainable Development goals

Project Overview

In collaboration with Jesuit Refugee Services and a group of young basketball players from the camp (the “Dream Team”), CorpsAfrica volunteer Amadou Alpha Ba, secured support from the NBA to build a new basketball court for youth at the Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi. The court now serves as a space for ongoing sports programs promoting dignity, social inclusion, and overall well-being for youth in this protracted refugee situation.

Alpha Ba is a CorpsAfrica Exchange Volunteer from Senegal. He has been serving at the Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi since 2017.

Project Highlights

  • With an estimated 34,000 people living there, Dzaleka is the largest refugee camp in Malawi. The camp was originally built to hold just 9,000 people. (Source: UNHCR)

  • Primary countries of origin represented in the camp include the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia.

  • The court was designed to provide the camp’s large youth population with a productive outlet for developing crucial life skills. The court’s “Dream Team” aims to play in Malawi’s national league.

  • The day before the basketball court launch, Catalyst Basketball Movement and Franck Traore of NBA Africa held a Coaches’ Training for over 30 coaches from the camp. These coaches will go on to lead basketball programs for youth promoting healthy lifestyles, teamwork, social inclusion, and discipline.

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