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Alive & Kicking has been going from strength to strength so far in 2012.  The Kenyan and Zambian stitching centres continue to produce quality sports balls, generating employment for over 120 people. A third stitching centre is set to be opened later this year, in Accra, Ghana and we have a UK retail presence for the first time.

A&K Ghana

Alive & Kicking recently announced that funding has been secured to open a third stitching centre, in Accra, Ghana. The first A&K Ghana footballs will roll out of the factory early next year and we hope the venture will provide sustainable employment for 50 stitchers, many of whom will never have been in formal employment before. The venture will also provide an affordable, durable, locally made alternative to the expensive, imported balls currently available. A&K Kenya and Zambia have proven our potential for sustainability and this move into the West African market is an exciting development in A&K’s progress. Securing the necessary funding to set up in Ghana has been a great challenge, and we would like to thank all of our supporters for making this dream a reality.

John Lewis

Hand-stitched in Kenya, ‘Balls For Africa’ have recently gone in sale in John Lewis stores across the UK. They are being sold on a ‘buy one, donate one’ basis, with a ball being donated to a school or children’s project in Kenya for every one sold in the UK. Every A&K ball on the shelf has a unique tracking code, which allows the customer to find out exactly where their donated ball will go. The prospect of thousands of Alive & Kicking balls being used in the UK and thousands more being donated to worthy projects in Kenya fills the team with a great sense of pride and achievement.

Herve Renard

A&K Zambia recently welcomed a very special guest as Africa Cup of Nations winning coach Herve Renard paid a visit to our Lusaka stitching centre. The Chipolopolo boss is a hero in Zambia after leading his team to unprecedented success this year and was given a rapturous reception by our staff.

Thank you

We would like to thank everyone who has donated to Alive & Kicking recently and look forward to giving our next update in 3 months’ time. To keep up to date with our latest news, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Winning penalty!
Winning penalty!

2012 has been a very successful year so far for Alive & Kicking. A&K Kenya and A&K Zambia continue to produce thousands of quality sports balls and conduct social outreach programmes. Progress continues towards the opening of a third stitching centre in Accra, Ghana later this year.

Inaugural A&K Zambia HIV/AIDS Roadshow

Alive & Kicking Zambia has recently completed its first ever HIV/AIDS Health Awareness Roadshow, which was a resounding success. In partnership with Tackle Africa, the Roadshow toured the Copperbelt region, visiting the towns of Chililabombwe, Kitwe, Mufulira and Ndola.

The Roadshow team ran a number of initiatives aimed at engaging and empowering young people across the province. By using sport as an educational tool, the programme aimed to raise awareness of and combat the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS. Engaging existing networks and organisations was most the most sustainable way of achieving these goals, and 85 coaches were trained in HIV/AIDS education football drills. By training local staff, over 5,000 local children will now have long term access to a trained HIV/AIDS educator.

The Roadshow also provided opportunities for local young people to get involved with organised sporting events. Football and netball tournaments were organised in each town, with over 1,000 boys and girls taking part. The tournaments became huge local events, with thousands of spectators coming along and unprecedented numbers taking advantage of the mobile HIV Voluntary Counselling & Testing (VCT) centres to discover their HIV status.

Tusky’s supermarket stocks A&K balls

Alive & Kicking’s retail success across Africa has continued with the news that Tusky’s supermarkets are now stocking balls at 4 outlets in Kenya. This follows on from the sales success of A&K balls in Nakumatt outlets across East Africa. In Zambia, major retailers Spar, Shoprite and Pick N’ Pay are currently selling A&K balls. Sustained sales are crucial to the success of the social enterprise and enable further job creation and social outreach.

New animal prints developed

Due to the popular demand of the lion, cheetah, crocodile and tortoise print footballs, new animal designs have been developed. These include a zebra from Kenya and a white cheetah (or snow leopard!) from Zambia. The balls will be on sale over the coming months. 

Thank you

We would like to thank everyone who has donated to Alive & Kicking recently and look forward to giving our next update in 3 months’ time. To keep up to date with our latest news, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. 

Ban Ki-Moon and Jacques Rogge inspect an A&K ball
Ban Ki-Moon and Jacques Rogge inspect an A&K ball

It has been an exciting start to 2012 at Alive & Kicking, as the stitching centres in Lusaka and Nairobi continue to produce thousands of quality sports balls and we move towards opening a new centre in Accra, Ghana. Between them, A&K Kenya and A&K Zambia provide sustainable employment for 150 people, a number we hope to add to in Ghana over the coming months. 

Zambia win the Africa Cup of Nations

As far as our stitchers in Lusaka are concerned, easily the most exciting news this year was Zambia winning the Africa Cup of Nations in February. In a nerve-racking finale, they edged out the overwhelming favourites Ivory Coast on penalties in Libreville. Having distributed thousands of footballs to children in Zambia since 2004, Alive & Kicking felt an immense sense of pride seeing the young Chipolopolo players lifting the cup.

Ban Ki-moon, Jacques Rogge, and Wilfred Lemke learn how to stitch balls in Lusaka

Shortly after their continental cup success, Zambia hosted some special visitors in the form of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, IOC President Jacques Rogge and UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace Wilfred Lemke. They were in Lusaka to mark the new Olympic Youth Development Centre, and took the opportunity to meet Christopher Mutale, a stitcher at Alive & Kicking Zambia. Christopher demonstrated the art of hand-stitching footballs and showed off one he made earlier to a very impressed Secretary General. More here.

CLARITY launch £1 per Facebook ‘Like’ campaign

PR firm clarity announced that it has chosen Alive & Kicking as its charity of the year, and promptly set up a campaign in which they will donate £1 for every 'like' that they receive on their Facebook page. We are delighted to be receiving this support and believe our organisations can achieve a lot together going forward.

Thank you

We would like to thank everyone who has donated to Alive & Kicking recently and look forward to giving our next update in 3 months time. 

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The last three months of the year have gone smoothly for Alive & Kicking in Kenya and Zambia. Both our workshops have continued making and distributing hand-stitcher leather footballs to schools and youth projects in disadvantaged areas. Below are some of the stand-out achievements from the period.

Wildlife conservation balls into Kenyan supermarkets

Alive & Kicking Kenya's newly designed animal print footballs of Cheetahs, Lions, Crocodiles and Tortoises aim to promote awareness of wildlife protection and can now be purchased in Nakumatt stores in Kenya. As with all Alive & Kicking balls sold in Nakumatt outlets, the margin that the store makes is donated to projects in Kenya and all A&K’s work remains not-for-profit. 

Zambia plans first ever roadshow in 2012

Alive & Kicking Zambia has spent the past 6 weeks planning its first health awareness roadshow, which is scheduled to take place in 2012. Based on the model developed by Alive & Kicking Kenya, A&K Zambia plans to hire a bus and deliver HIV/AIDs education alongside sporting activities in the Copper Belt region of the country. Balls will also be donated to participating schools.

Kenya plans Peace Roadshow in year of the elections (2012)

In Kenya plans are also underway for a roadshow next year, although this time with a twist. In 2012 the roadshow will focus on peace and is targeted to coincidence with a general election year. Previously, elections in Kenya have led to outbreaks of violence, so the Peace Roadshow will be aimed at encouraging peaceful attitudes and behaviour amongst young adults.

Football Clubs working with Alive & Kicking

Alive & Kicking is pleased to be receiving assistance from two professional English football clubs. Kenya's partnership with Arsenal in the Community has continued, with the club sending coaches to deliver training to local Kenya schools alongside the donation of Alive & Kicking balls. In Zambia, the workshop has been lucky to receive assistance from Swindon Town who are purchasing balls to use in their project in Mozambique.

East African Safari Rally

In November this year the CEO of Brightside Group, a UK company, completed the East African Safari Classic: a gruelling 9-day drive in a classic car. The 4300km journey started on 19th November in Mombasa, looped through Tanzania, and finished back in Mombasa on November 28th. Brightside Group plc is hoping to raise £100,000 for Alive & Kicking.

Thank you

Thank you to everyone that has donated to us in the last three months, and throughout the year. On behalf of everyone at Alive & Kicking we wish you a very Happy Christmas and a great 2012.

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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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