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 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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