Young People Free From Poaching, engraved on the Rhino Cup Trophy. Shot taken in September 2018, during the conclusion of the Rhino Cup Champions League.
Poaching of South African rhinos for their horns is still a problem today. Kruger National Park borders Mozambique, one of the world's poorest countries, and local people there are often tricked into killing rhinos for their horns.
But that's starting to change.
As part of an effort to better the local communities, a football league known as the Rhino Cup Champions League was established. The greatest game in the world is uniting people in a place where there is widespread poverty, unemployment, and food insecurity.
The ultimate goal is to put a stop to rhino poaching via football before it's too late.
Produced, Directed and Filmed by Myles Pizzey Edited by Eric Barber Salvat
When we started in August 2016, Mr. Watch was the first person that we communicated with. Wild and Free Foundation came to Mozambique and Mr. Watch was distrustful of us, as were many other community members constantly wondering; what's going on, what's happening…
Mr. Watch stuck with us and towards the end of September 2018, after the final game of the Rhino Cup Champions League (RCCL), he was being interviewed by Mozambican television. Mr. Watch has been on TV now for the Rhino Cup Champions League (RCCL) league. He is a huge part of this league.
A soccer player from Club de Corumana smiles at the camera during the Rhino Cup Champions League final in September 2018.
People are paying attention to this corner of the world, in southern Mozambique. People are proud and confidence is rising within the community. It fills all our hearts with joy knowing that it will take the communities of Mozambique into tomorrow feeling happier, healthier, and hopefully wanting to do more positive things.
In September 2018, a community of supporters celebrated their team's performance during the Rhino Cup Champions League's final match.
Wild and Free Foundation (WFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the USA. WFF is registered as a section 18A public benefit organization (PBO) in South Africa. USA EIN #47-2266595 SA PBO #930061358