Muna2014

Next MUNA conference:
February 6, 7 & 8, 2019

The power of play

MUNA 2019's charity: Right To Play 

During the conference week there will be a charity shop and all the raised money will be donated to Right To Play.

Right To Play is harnessing one of the most powerful and fundamental forces in every child’s life, the power of play. Our programs protect, educate, and empower children to heal from the harsh realities of war and abuse, to change their behavior and protect themselves from disease, to go to school, graduate and create a better future.

Our story

It all began with a boy in a long sleeve t-shirt...

It was only a few months before the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics, when Norwegian speed skater Johann Olav Koss led a humanitarian trip to the newly formed African country of Eritrea. There, he came face-to-face with the realities of life in a country emerging from decades of war.

As children played amidst burned out tanks, surrounded by the images of war martyrs, one boy stood out and crystallized an idea for Johann that would write the future of Right To Play. The boy had a long sleeved t-shirt and was very popular. Johann asked him: ‘Why are you so popular?’ and the boy answered ‘can’t you see? I have long sleeves.’ He took his shirt of rolled together the sleeves and made a knot. In the end that became a ball and so the children could play soccer on the streets. They were traumatized. They lost friends and family members during the war. They wanted one thing, the opportunity to play.

Our impact

Right To Play reaches 1.9 million children each week in 15 countries around the world. We use the power of play to unlock the potential in girls and boys to infuse them with the education and life skills they need to succeed in learning and in life.