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).
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