Alive & Kicking

Alive & Kicking strives to to create employment for communities in Africa, help children exercise their right to play, and to raise awareness of preventable disease. This will continue to be achieved through the African manufacture and distribution of sports balls and the provision of appropriate health awareness materials for young people.
Sep 27, 2011

Alive & Kicking October 2011 Update

Juliet Anibo (right)
Juliet Anibo (right)

Over the past three months, Alive & Kicking's stitching centres in Lusaka and Nairobi have continued producing quality leather sports balls by employing local people on a fair wage. The two centres produce and distribute over 1,000 footballs, rugby balls, volleyballs and netballs each month, and to provide health awareness road shows in local areas. This are targetted at schools, sports clubs, orphanages and refugee camps.

Other news from the last quarter is focused on 3 different 'World Cups': the Homeless World Cup, the Orphanage World Cup, and the Rugby World Cup. More on each of these below..

The Homeless World Cup

Juliet Auma Anibo, a stitcher at Alive & Kicking Kenya, was given the opportunity to represent the Kenyan womens team at the Homeless World Cup in Paris. Juliet is not actually homeless herself, but the competition is aimed at uniting those who are, or have been, homeless or marginalised at some point during their lives.

Juliet had a fantastic tournament, helping Kenya reach the final where they beat Mexico 4-3 to clinch the trophy - with Juliet scoring in the final. Asked about the chances of being noticed by an international scout she said

"There is no women’s league in Kenya so I feel this is the only way we can showcase our talent to the world. Based on previous years 1 or 2 players will be selected by professional clubs for trials. If not selected I would definitely come back to Alive and Kicking to work as I feel it is the only place I know that I could get between Kshs 9000 and 15000 ($100- $170) in a friendly environment."

You can read more about this story on the news section of our website.

The Orphanage World Cup

In Zambia, local staff have been helping to organised the Orphanage World Cup throughout the year. This project has been focused on bringing together groups of young Zambians from different orphanages to play sports against each other, and to be given some basic health awareness lessons as part of the process. The tournament was successfully completed this summer, with help from coaching staff from Tackle Africa - one of Alive & Kicking's partners.

The Rugby World Cup

The Rugby World Cup kicked off in New Zealand in September. This is relevant to Alive & Kicking as we have been using the global event to encourage people to donate rugby balls to schools in African countries that cannot afford to play the sport. This has been done through our rugby initiative. We have also produced a sweepstake for the tournament, which you can do in your office or home to help raise money for the charity.

Thank you

Thank you once again to everyone that has donated to Alive & Kicking recently, and we look forward to updating you again in 3 months time.

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Jul 1, 2011

Alive & Kicking July 2011 Update

Shujaa Logo
Shujaa Logo

The past three months have flown by at Alive & Kicking. Both our Kenyan and Zambian centres continue to produce over a thousand footballs each every month. A significant percentage of these are donated to schools and sports projects, whilst others go to local NGOs working with young people. As always, a proportion of our balls are sold, not-for-profit, in retail outlets, providing revenue that allows our factories to continue to pay a fair wage to each stitcher.

In our last update we informed you that Alive & Kicking had decided to expand by establishing a third ball-stitching factory, this time in Ghana. Progress towards achieving this has continued, and we are part-way through the necessary registration procedures required to operate as a charity there. We are continuing to look for a grant to fund the factory's set-up costs.

In other news, everyone at A&K was delighted that two of our Zambian stitchers got married in mid-April. Abraham Sakala and Alice Mubanda first met at Alive & Kicking when Alice started working for us in July 2008. Since then, their love has blossomed, and A&K Zambia's Country Director Sughra Hussain was delighted to attend their ceremony.

In Kenya, Alive & Kicking has been carrying out another health awareness roadshow, aimed at educating young people about HIV/AIDS and Malaria through sport. The current roadshow is targeted at rural schools and projects, and has reached over 15,000 children to date.

Our Kenyan stitching factory is also working on the designs for a new brand of balls called Shujaa. Shujaa balls will be quality, but affordable, and are aimed at all Kenyans. They will be produced using pigmented leather, which will add colour and water resistance to the ball.

Thank you all for your wonderful support of the organization, and we look forward to sending you another exciting update in 3 months time.

Abraham and Alive - The Happy Couple
Abraham and Alive - The Happy Couple

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Apr 6, 2011

Alive & Kicking April 2011 Update

Alive & Kicking Ghana
Alive & Kicking Ghana

The start of 2011 has seen business continue as usual at Alive & Kicking. Thousands more balls have been hand-stitched in our centres in Lusaka and Nairobi, by adults who are paid a fair wage. The majority of these balls are donated to disadvantaged schools and sports projects in sub-Saharan African countries, whilst others are sold in local supermarkets to support our sustainable employment objective. As always, Alive & Kicking remains a not-for-profit organization.

The biggest news so far this year has been the decision for Alive & Kicking to attempt to open a new stitching in Ghana. This decision was made after a long analysis of the charity's current centres had been completed, to ensure that the organisation is in a healthy financial shape from which to expand, and to guide what form expansion should take. After the successful completion of a feasibility study in Ghana, everyone in the organisation is excited for things to get moving there - once we have raised enough funds.

Other news of note includes the launch of Alive & Kicking's Rugby Initaitve to promote the donation of our rugby balls to underdeveloped regions in Kenya (you may remember from our last news letter that we are now producing the first rugby balls to be bade in Africa). You can visit the dedicated rugby page non our website if you are interested in getting involved.

Further, Alive & Kicking has been featured in the Chinese Business Times (pdf link) as an example of a sustainable social enterprise. We have also added a new stitcher profile to our website, which features Angelica Nthenya who works in our Kenyan centre.

Thank you all for your wonderful support of the organisation, and we look forward to sending you another exciting update in 3 months time.

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