For the second year running, our TYSA United Soccer girls team participated in the Mathare United International Soccer Tournament which is hosted every Easter holiday in Nairobi. The girl’s team is back from this great experience. The girls played some of the experienced teams in the Kenya women soccer league. The team won one much and lost two and bowed out of the tournament. The girls had an opportunity to interact with their peers from Nairobi and across the country. ‘I am very happy you come to Nairobi. This is my first time to get out of our little village in Kitale. I have learnt a lot especially the reproductive health and use of condom’ Faith. The tournament provided a chance for the girls to travel and learn. As students, the girls use the chance to reflect on the theory they get in class with the practical and more tangible experiences. ‘ I saw parliament, traffic lights, major business in the city centre and the awesome Great Rift Valley’ June TYSA United Girls Team Captain Pascilia is very grateful for your Kind Donation. ‘ I want to pass our thank you message to all those who have donated through Globalgiving. Without your great donation, we could not have participated in this event and learnt more’ Pascilia The kind donation was able to pay transports for 21players at US$ 24 per player and US $ 6 per player for meals per day for 4 days. The host organization provided accommodation for the team. We however had a misfortune as the team travelled back to Kitale form Nairobi. The bus they were travelling in was hijacked by thugs. Some girls were injured and one is still hospitalized with gun shots wound. She is in stable condition and will be discharged soon. Girls’ personal effects including clothing, shoes were stolen. As an organization, we are committed to raising funds to pay for the hospital bill and support the girls to replace their lost items. The girls’ come from poor families who cannot be able to replace the items and pay medical bills. We hope to raise US$ 350 to support this initiative. It is our conviction that this bad experience will not deter girls from participating in their own development. ‘ We are strong and we shall continue to participate and when we get to position of power in future, we shall use this experience to advocate for better security measures to ensure all Kenyans are safe’ Irene (Assistant Team Captain).
It was an impressive 2010 and a good start for 2011.
The football and life skill project serves 79 children and youths in Trans-nzoia County. The last quarter of last saw a lot of life skill training and value based sporting.
In December last year (9th to 14th), TYSA hosted over 200 girls who participated in the tournament from across the country. The tournament offered opportunity for the girls to learn vital skills and attitudes. These included; teamwork as they all stayed in the same camp, and endurance in life.
Last year, we had 17 pupils seating for their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams. Out of these, 10 were boys and 7 were girls. We are very excited as the results demonstrated that sports /football contribute to academic performance. Only 2 boys did not qualify to join Secondary education and have so far repeated in primary school to score better points.
Last week, the following girls joined secondary school: Betty Caudencia, Janet Mokeira, Elizabeth Apondi, Irene Khasandi, Josephine Namalwa, Keziah Musikoyo and Elibatheth Njeri while the boys are: Anthony Ekal, Hosea Mosbei, Ignatius Edeke, Evans Matata, Mike Ngome and Francis.
‘Iam very happy that finally through football Iam going to a girl’s school which promotes soccer. I will play and learn in this school called Geta Secondary School’ Betty
We are equally excited that two of our students have been identified and will be joining Gallant Sports Academy to pursue their soccer talent as they also go to school at Milele Academy in Naivasha town. These are Nixon Cheres and George Nawan. We believe they will work hard to realize their dream of playing professional soccer. One other student Samwel Barasa also was identified by Friends Bwake Secondary School which is the reigning Trans-nzoia East District Soccer Champions. A goalkeeper who has grown from strengthen to strength.
‘On behalf of all the beneficiaries of this project, we want to thank you specifically for being passionate and donating to this noble cause. We are touched by your generosity’. Samwel Barasa
In April 22nd to 26th April this year, 22 girls footballer from TYSA will participate for the second time in the Mathare Youth Sports Association International Girl Tournament in Nairobi. Last year, our girls team finished third in the over 16 category. We believe you will find it worthy supporting this cause. It cost USD 65 per player to cover transport, meals, accommodation (4days) and first aid. We will keep you posted on the development of this tournament.
The last three months have been very eventful. 3 girls; pascalia Naloka, Beatrice Caudencia and June Chepkoech went to Moving the Goal Post Kilifi for an exchange program for a week. From their exchange program where June Chepkoech and Pascilia Naloka trained as referees, they have taken control of all the refereeing of football matches. This has enhanced the sooth running of the football activities. These two girls officiates both boys and girls match. It is evident their level of confidence has increased. Other girls have now taken keen interest in refereeing. Already 4 girls have been recruited to join refereeing. Beatrice Caudencia participated in the First Aiders course while in Kilifi. She has been active in the field responding to minor cases. This has helped the players to feel more confident as they play. The training of the referees and first aider is a milestone for TYSA. For along time, the organization operated without these vital services. During the youth camp held at Sengwer Cultural Centre, 3 girls from Moving the Goal Post and 2 from Christian Sports Contact (CRISC) participated. These offered great opportunities for the girls to learn what happens in Kilifi, Nairobi and Voi. From 10th to 13th December 2010 at the TYSA sports ground, over 200 girls from across Kenya i.e. Kilifi, Nairobi, Kisumu and Lodwar will participate in the TYSA inaugural ' Girls We Can Soccer Tournament.This is going to be a very exciting end year event. We shall keep you very posted on the development of this historic event in our organization and community. Catch up with us on facebook; tysa kenya. You have been a great sponsor of our project. We do hope you will continue to support this initiative as we plan to host the 200 girls.
TYSA WINS MILLENIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS AWARD IN KENYA
TYSA emerged top on Inaugural Millennium Development Goal No. 3: Promoting gender equality and empowering women. The MDGs Trust Fund Kenya was the main organizer of this event which was held on 10th September 2010 at the National Museum of Kenya. Other partners include; UNDP Kenya country office, UN Millennium Campaign, Synovate and Microsoft among others
The award seeks to recognize and celebrate Kenyan institutions that are making impactful differences in the society with regards to MDGs. The spotlight was on organizations that have demonstrated outstanding and innovating efforts towards the delivery o the eight MDG goals through their core porgrammes. The award also aims to recognize significant efforts made by various institutions to advance social change through their innovations and in their different capacities to achieve the MDGs.
TYSA’s ‘Wasichana Tunaweza ‘- Girls We Can Project was outstanding in the delivery the MDG; promoting gender equality and empowering women. This project seeks to eliminate gender disparity through increased accesses to educational and retention and capacity building opportunities for girls. The ‘wasichana Tunaweza’ project is well summarized by the following comments Marc from Globalgiving USA when he visited the project. "It struck me that this is about much more than soccer, or sports. This is about building up strong willed women who can lead the nation. It's about reaching for that future together, as a team. It's kind of hard for me to explain what I am seeing, because there isn't anything like it in the USA that is similar. At least not so explicitly. This is not a mere sport. Belonging to this team is about developing character and building your future. We discipline the body so that we can discipline the mind, through school. And education gives you opportunities, a future."
TYSA wants to express gratitude to all the organizations and individuals who have support the girl’s project. We are humbled by your continued support which has made our work visible in Kenya.
This is a great recognition to the work TYSA is doing in helping meet the Millenium Development Goals
Mss Atieno Inspires her school to second position
What a dramatic encounter it was! Two of our girls’ secondary schools which we support all made it the last four in the Trans-nzoia east district football competition held two weeks ago.
It was an exciting competition as it was all against students whom we support through TYSA. Wiyeta Girls eventually took the top position followed by Geta Girls. Veronica was the cornerstone of Wiyeta and Mss Atieno spearheaded all the attacks for Geta girls.
TYSA is proud to produce such excellent and prowess girls’ footballers through its Education and Football project. The school principals were upbeat. ‘ I am so happy that in our first attempt, our girls school football team reached the finals in our district . We beat 10 other girls team. I am overwhelmed. Iam greatful to Mss Atieno for unique talent in football.She has inspired the whole Team’ Principal, Geta secondary school.
It was all jubilations as Wiyeta and Geta Secondary schools proceeded to participate in the Regional tournament. The girls all thanked TYSA for supporting them to access education and play football. ‘I just joined school this year at Geta secondary school after being home for two years. Am so grateful to TYSA who pays my school fees and took me to Nairobi to train as a coach.I am student,a player cum coach’ Mss Atieno
It is our desire to continuing offering young people opportunity to access education and promote their football talent. This would not have been possible if you did not join us and donated. We lookfoward to your continued support.
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