The Next Generation Taekwondo academy is located in Malindza in Eswatini ©World Taekwondo

The Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF) and Eswatini-based academy Next Generation Taekwondo have united for a new initiative to empower refugees and displaced people.

The two organisations will train those situated in the Malindza refugee camp, as well as other displaced people in Eswatini.

Two dojangs will be used to deliver the project, which aims to unite taekwondo practitioners, improve participants' health and aid the development of crucial life skills.

Sizwe Mabuza, the founder and head coach of Next Generation Taekwondo, will run the scheme while the THF trains coaches, sets targets and offers financial support.

The THF training will include dedicated safeguarding sessions.

"We are delighted to launch this THF project in Eswatini in partnership with Next Generation Taekwondo," said Chungwon Choue, chairman of the THF and President of World Taekwondo.

The project aims to help people through taekwondo ©WorldTaekwondo
The project aims to help people through taekwondo ©WorldTaekwondo

"Next Generation Taekwondo has already been doing a wonderful job in delivering taekwondo programmes in Eswatini and with the additional resources and expertise of the THF we will be able to ensure even more people can benefit from our sport."

Last month, the THF announced is was working on a similar project in France.

There it partnered with the French Federation of Taekwondo and Associated Disciplines to improve social inclusion for young refugees and displaced people in the Île-de-France region, which includes capital city Paris.

These projects contribute to the THF's goal of helping refugees, asylum seekers and other displaced people through the sport.

Choue set up the THF in September 2015.