TYSA TRANSFORMED ME. GEORGE WAWERU
I joined TYSA about 10 years ago while in primary school and I have grown while in TYSA until I have completed my secondary education this last year 2013. TYSA has really supported me as a beneficiary in terms of school fees and exposure opportunities.
In 2007/2008 I was much involved in peace building mission in different parts of the country which was much affected by the clashes. We visited an IDP camp in Kachibora and used football as a unifying factor which helped us bring young people together from diverse communities. TYSA provides a safe space for playing and interacting which greatly helped got reduce tension in the community. This was my moment that I cannot forget easily.
I also recall a day we played Streetfootball at kachibora which also brought people together hence creating peace. Among them, TYSA also motivated us during our primary days by organizing an educational day to award those who performed better in academic hence made us work hard so that we can be motivated next time.
In my secondary education, TYSA has played a key role to ensure that I have gone through my high school education. Thanks to the education programme that introduced the award scheme programme which facilitated the paying of my school fees.
My greatest moment in life comes when I was in form two when I attended the East African tournament in moshi Tanzania my first time to go out of the country. The exposure was great to me and it opened up my mind and made me work extra hard. I can recall a time when I was in form three when I attended a science congress at Loitoktok for a week and when I was back at school, I stayed for another one week and also attended a tournament in Tanzania, for a week again but surprisingly I managed to be position two in our class. People saw the trips as a waste of time but it had great impacts in my high school education because whenever I was back I could be much settled and became more serious to recover the days I was out. TYSA made my high school life smooth and enjoyable.
Football3 – a different kind of football
The focal point of both festivals was football3, a method created by the streetfootballworld network that has been proven to help in promoting conflict resolution, gender equality and youth leadership. The main event of both festivals was a two-day football tournament, in which all matches were played according to the rules of football3: no referees, mixed gender teams, and a designated ‘third half’, where players have a chance to talk about their behaviour on the pitch.
Many streetfootballworld network members use the football3 approach in their daily programmes at home, using the designated discussion time to talk about issues affecting the players and their communities. “After we play a match, we discuss and reflect on how the match was played and how it is connected to what is happening in the community,” explains Francis Ojilo, Football for Development Officer and Head Coach at TYSA.
“What I like best about football3 is that players are involved in making the rules,” says Josphat Oyamo, a young leader from Carolina for Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya. “I also really like the fairness and fair play aspect. In normal football, there are insults, bad tackles, and quarrelling between players; in football3, fairness leads everything.”
Although football3 is used widely within the global streetfootballworld network, it is not used by all. The football3 tournaments gave network members a better idea of what the methodology is all about, and illustrated why it is such an effective tool for promoting both peace and gender equality. For participants such as Jean-Paul from CJP – a new member in the streetfootballworld network – the festival was a chance to see football3 in practice for the first time: “We are looking forward to implementing it in our community!”
Happy new year!!!
You have been a blessing to TYSA over the year! Your continued support has ensured that we grow to reach out to the vulnerable children and youth. You have also supported our Organizational Development and strengthned our management system. On 28th December 2013, TYSA elected a new board for the next 3 years. This is a big milestone to the development and ownership of TYSA.
TYSA has grow from a Community Based OrganizationIam status to Non Governmental Organziation thus increasing its operation mandate. Our outreach now covers over 5 counties.
The new TYSA board is a demonstration of our desire to continually embrace democratic princples and diversity. We believe in making TYSA a truly grassroot organziation that is owned by the community where we work.
We take this opportunity to thank you once agian for your continued support to strentgthen TYSA management. We have scheduled a Strategy Orientation workshop for TYSA board members on 24th to 26th January.
Join us as we lookfoward into a strengthned TYSA board!