2014 has been an exciting year so far at Alive and Kicking. Our stitching centres in Kenya, Zambia and Ghana continue to produce over 5,000 footballs a month; creating sustainable employment for over 130 people while providing disadvantaged children with quality sports balls. We’ve also engaged in some great partnerships that will help us improve the health and quality of life of disadvantaged young people.
Alive & Kicking set to benefit from ICAP Charity Day
The ICAP Charity Day is fast approaching. 3 December will see the UK-based broker donate all its worldwide revenues and commissions to a range of charitable causes. A major event in London’s financial and fundraising calendars, a host of A-list celebrities will join ICAP staff in generating as much income for charity as possible. The partnership with ICAP will allow Alive & Kicking to run sports-based health education projects in Kenya, Zambia and Ghana in 2015.
Social Enterprise UK Recognition
Alive & Kicking has been nominated for the 2014 UK Social Enterprise Awards, which will be held in London on 26 November. Shortlisted in the ‘Consumer Facing Social Enterprise’ category, A&K faces stiff competition from the fantastic social enterprises Belu Water, Divine Chocolate, The House of St Barnabas and Two Fingers Brewing.
Zambia Roadshow final report
The final report of the 2014 Alive & Kicking Zambia Roadshow of Lusaka Province is now available to view online. The Roadshow, which visited the towns of Kafue and Chongwe as well as the Lusaka city districts of Chipata and Munali, trained 78 local teachers and coaches in sports-based HIV education techniques. These coaches are now able to disseminate vital HIV information to young people in their communities on a regular and ongoing basis. This approach allows local people to tackle the most pressing health and social issue in their community in a sustainable and impactful way. The roadshow also saw 57 local teams take part in football and netball tournaments, and 425 people receive HIV Voluntary Counselling and Testing.
A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last three months and we look forward to bringing you another update early next year.
It’s been an exciting summer at Alive and Kicking. Our stitching centres in Kenya, Zambia, and Ghana continue to produce over 5,000 footballs a month; creating sustainable employment for over 130 people while providing disadvantaged children with quality sports balls. We’ve also engaged in some great partnerships that will help us promote health awareness and children’s right to play.
A&K Zambia completes 2014 Roadshow
A&K Zambia’s annual roadshow was held in the Lusaka Province this year. Together, local coaches from across the four locations (Kafue, Chongwe, Munali and Chipata Compound) led educational football drills on HIV prevention with coaches from Tackle Africa. The roadshow attracted large crowds, allowing Alive & Kicking the opportunity to invite the local community to learn about HIV and take part in voluntary counselling and testing. 1,000 hand-stitched Alive & Kicking balls were donated and given to participants and other local schools and projects.
A&K Kenya Partnership with Southwest Airlines on Project LuvSeat
A&K Kenya has launched an exciting initiative with Southwest Airlines and SOS Children’s Village to help ‘Upcycle’ over 40 acres of leather removed from Southwest aeroplane seat covers (approximately 80,000 leather seats). As a part of Southwest’s multi-phase sustainable program, Project LuvSeat, A&K Kenya will use the leather to make high-quality footballs and train young adults from SOS’s projects as ball-stitchers. By the end of the year, 1,000 upcycled footballs will be stitched and donated.
Alive and Kicking Selected for the 2014 ICAP Charity Day
Alive & Kicking is delighted to have been selected to benefit from the 2014 ICAP Charity Day this December. Every year, ICAP takes a day to donate 100% of its worldwide revenue to a number of charities. 15 charities were selected from the UK, so Alive & Kicking is honoured to take part. Involvement in the ICAP Charity Day will allow Alive & Kicking to run substantial health awareness programmes in Kenya, Zambia and Ghana, training community sports coaches in health-educative football drills and donating a large number of balls to young people who otherwise would not be able to afford them.
Thank you to all of our supporters. Our continued success would not be possible without the ongoing support of people like you.
The first half of 2014 has seen Alive & Kicking go from strength to strength. Our stitching centres in Kenya, Zambia and Ghana continue to make over 5,000 balls a month and embark on exciting initiatives to raise awareness around preventable disease and to combat social exclusion. Our balls are sold and donated across several African countries and provide sustainable fair-pay employment for over 130 people.
2013 Annual Review
Alive & Kicking’s Annual Review 2013 is now available to view online. 2013 was another significant and successful year in Alive & Kicking’s development and the Annual Review contains information on all our major achievements. Our not-for-profit stitching centres in Kenya, Zambia and Ghana continued to make impressive strides in retail while pushing forward with innovative and exciting social outreach and health awareness programmes.
A&K Ghana successfully completed its first health awareness initiative, teaching football coaches and young people in Accra about HIV and malaria. A&K Kenya launched the first ever training programme for the blind, using specially designed ‘sound balls’ and arranging training sessions and tournaments for over 500 visually impaired children. In Zambia, we built on the success of previous years to take our hugely successful HIV awareness roadshow to the Central Province. The year also saw thousands of balls donated across each country, including the matched donations from our award winning ‘Balls For Africa’ partnership with John Lewis.
The Alive & Kicking Annual Review 2013 has information on all these stories and more, including the impact our work has on our staff and communities, the progress we have made in terms of publicity and support, and information about how you can get involved and support our progress going forward.
HIV Awareness Roadshow – Lusaka Province
A&K Zambia has begun the 2014 HIV Awareness Roadshow, which is being hosted in four locations in Lusaka Province. Working with our partners Tackle Africa, the roadshow will visit locations in and around Zambia’s capital; Kafue, Chongwe, Munali and Chipata Compound. The roadshow will see coaches from each area trained in football drills that can be used to teach young people about HIV. The coaches will complete a training course amongst themselves before being evaluated as they deliver the training to their own teams. Each week of training will be followed by day of community football and netball tournaments, in which the local community will be invited to learn about HIV and take part in voluntary counselling and testing. 1,000 hand-stitched Alive & Kicking balls will be donated to participants and other local schools and projects.
A big thank you to all of our individual supporters, who continue to be a crucial part of our success as we look to increase our impact across Africa.
Alive & Kicking has enjoyed an excellent start to 2014, as our stitching centres in Kenya, Zambia and Ghana embark on exciting new initiatives. They continue to make over 5,000 balls a month, for sale and donation across several African countries, and provide sustainable fair-pay employment for over 130 people.
Ghana Health Outreach
A&K Ghana has completed its first major health outreach programme. 64 coaches from Greater Accra were trained in educative football drills which increase understanding of HIV and malaria; how the viruses work and how they can be prevented. Working with partners ORPED Sports, the coaches developed skills which they can use with their teams going forward. Tournaments were organised between the coaches’ teams and over 900 balls, printed with simple health messages, were donated. Full report to follow; check A&K updates on Facebook, Twitter and our website.
Kenya Visually Impaired project
Working closely with the Angus Lawson Memorial Trust, A&K Kenya has completed an innovative programme allowing visually impaired children to participate in sport. Using specially made ‘sound balls,’ which contain ball bearings and allow players to rely on hearing rather than sight, 400 children and their teachers were given an introduction to blind football and the ability to take it forward themselves. It provided an opportunity for visually impaired children to take part in organised sport, often for the first time.
New Stock for Online Shop
Alive & Kicking’s Online Shop has been updated to reflect some exciting new designs. Two new synthetic designs - ‘circles’ and ‘triangles’ - are now available, as well as our traditional leather, rugby and cow hide balls. Personalised balls can be provided for your company, which are great tools for marketing and promotions. The Online Shop is the best way for customers outside of Africa to get their hands on an Alive & Kicking ball. Visit aliveandkicking.org/shop to get yours today!
A big thank you to all of our supporters, who have been a crucial part of our success to date and continue to play an important role as we look to increase our impact across Africa.
Alive & Kicking has continued to enjoy success throughout 2013, as our stitching centres in Kenya, Zambia build on their past success and A&K Ghana starts to get a foothold in the West African market. They continue to make over 5,000 balls a month, for sale and donation across several African countries, and organise valuable social outreach initiatives. Full reports on outreach projects in Ghana and Kenya will follow; check our Facebook and Twitter and News pages for updates.
A&K Ghana is currently performing its first major health outreach programme. Having built up production capacity and begun to develop sales partnerships, now is the perfect time to increase our social impact through health awareness work. Up to 75 coaches from Greater Accra will be trained in educative football drills which increase understanding of HIV and malaria; how the viruses work and how they can be prevented. Working with partners ORPED Sports, the coaches will develop skills which they can use with their teams going forward. Tournaments will be organised between the coaches’ teams and over 900 balls, printed with simple health messages, will be donated.
Working closely with the Angus Lawson Memorial Trust, A&K Kenya is currently running an innovative programme allowing visually impaired children to participate in sport. Using specially made ‘sound balls,’ which contain ball bearings and allow players to rely on hearing rather than sight, 400 children and their teachers will be given an introduction to blind football and the ability to take it forward themselves. It will provide an opportunity for visually impaired children to take part in organised sport, often for the first time.
‘Big Five’ Christmas Raffle
Alive & Kicking is offering its UK supporters the chance to win one of five animal inspired footballs in our ‘Big Five’ Christmas Raffle! Why not try and win an exclusive animal ball – not normally for sale in the UK – as a perfect Christmas gift? The raffle is open until 16th December and all you have to do is donate £2 to via aliveandkicking.org/donate
A big thank you to everyone who has supported Alive & Kicking throughout 2013, we look forward to building on our success over the next year. On behalf of everyone at A&K we wish you a happy Christmas and a great 2014!
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