The impact of football to change lives cannot be understated. The beautiful game has revived the fortunes of a pair of Cambodian girls, with the help of SALT Academy, an NGO dedicated to improving the lives of young people in north-west Cambodia through football.
Kimhong Huot and Chivey Ban were at two separate orphanages in Battambang in 2010 when SALT embarked on projects aimed at helping youth development there. They were among those first recruited into the Mighty Girls team – one of four projects dedicated to youngsters. In the SALT Academy, these girls were provided with accommodation, food and training facilities. In a region where girls can face forced marriage at an early age, and a place where people struggle to make ends meet, the assistance from SALT was a dream come true.