The first project that Lega Pace has chosen to focus on is a women's softball team based in the Gaza Strip.
In 2018, The first action of Lega Pace was to provide substantial training equipment for these young Palestinian women and their coach.
Since then Lega Pace has been helping the team create their own federation, which led to the recognition by the Palestinian Olympic Committee of the federation and allowed it to become member of the World Baseball Softball Confederation.
The story of Lega Pace started when founder Laura Layousse read an article about women in the Gaza Strip playing Softball with homemade equipment. Sympathetic to their creativity but also their will to change mentalities, she reached out to the French & International Baseball and Softball federations in order to help her to provide equipment that could improve their practice of this discipline. Thanks to the federations a 125 kg of equipment were sent to the club. Today, the Palestine Federation of Baseball & Softball is growing fast including men and kids on top of the 80 women practicing every day. Lega Pace keeps on providing equipment to all the members of the federation.
Professionalize the Game
Lega Pace's goal is to help the Palestinian Federation of Baseball & Softball to improve their practice and understating of this Sport. After the recognition by the National Olympic Committee and the World Baseball & Softball Confederation, Lega Pace aim is to provide trainings in order to reach an international level of practice.
At Lega Pace, we are dedicated to stepping up our efforts for the projects we look after. The Palestinian Federation organizes men and women championships and why don't we take them to the next level? The team's dream is to attend the Los Angeles Olympics and represent not only Palestine but also fearless women whom seek for emancipation around the world.
Lega Pace joins forces with Ladies' Turn established in Senegal, to expand women's soccer across the country.
Lega Pace's role is to bring logistic and financial support to projects gathering men and women for whom sport, and culture are emancipation vectors.
Together we are working for the realization of gender equality and women’s empowerment—both in sport itself and in education spectrum by creating a campaign to appeal for donations for the purchase of school supplies, sports equipment, daily training and the establishment of monthly "grassroots".
This program is targetting the 350 students of the Boubacar Diop girls' school in Saint Louis, Senegal.
Very popular in Senegal, soccer still remains a male sport, inappropriate for women.
Most women don't get the chance to play and find few support.
Since 2009, the Senegalese association Ladies’ Turn has been highlighting female soccer not only as a sport but also as an instrument to promote gender equality.
Simultaneously, Ladies' Turn organizes collective activities to foster the self-confidence and teamwork abilities that soccer enables women and girls to develop.
Boubacar Diop girls' school
Located in Saint- Louis du Senegal (5 hours car ride from Dakar), the school was founded in 2008 by Mrs Rokhaya Diop Rouss as a gift to the education academy of Senegal with only one requirement: that it will be entirely dedicated to girls.
This present funded by her personal savings to the academy is named after Mrs Diop deceased father, a teacher that dedicated sixty-two years of is life to his work.
Girls' education is not a solved problem in Senegal; therefore a girl's school in this region contributes positively to the maintenance of girls in the Senegalese education system. This school focuses on excellence with a 0% drop-out rate.
Sport can be one of the great drivers of gender equality, by teaching women and girls the values of teamwork, self-reliance and resilience. It can provide girls with social connections and a refuge from violence in their homes and communities, and help them to understand their bodies.
Our Campaign is targeting the education and gender equity through sports.
In 2020, for each of the 350 students we have created a package that includes:
- 1 backpack
- all the school' manuals required
In 2021, we partnered with let's Build My School and built a floor extension with four classrooms allowing the School to host 200 more students. Thanks to our partners we were able to provide the same school package than the year before for each student.
In 2022, thanks to the generosity of our donors we secured funds for the school supplies and a free meal program for each students starting October.