Sport & Development Center for Youth in Ghana

 
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December 2014 marks the end of our wonderful and successfull project that we called: Mobile Basketball.

At the end of this project:

- three communities of Ghana were empowered to teach life skills through Basketball

- one Basketball Court was built, and two others were renovated

- over 100 at-risk children learned the game of Basketball

- 12 balls, 30 jerseys and many pairs of shoes were donate

- 15 coaches and referees were trained

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At the moment, we are raising funds to build the first Basketball Court and Community Center in Jamestown, the poorest community of Accra. Here is a little more information about this project.

SUMMARY

DUNK is planning the construction of a Sport and Development Center in Jamestown, another deprived and marginalized communities DUNK works in in which children lack supervision, guidance and opportunities. 

It is said that 70% of the Jamestown population work in the informal sector, mostly as traders. Quite often, children have to work as street hawkers or porters to help support the family. Also, illiteracy is a major setback for the development of the community.

With this initiative of building a Basketball Court and a Community Center, DUNK wishes to enlighten the future of the children of Jamestown, a very vibrant community!

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Thank you dear supporters!

The Mobile Basketball Project is coming to an end!

Here is what has been going on:

DEVELOPMENT OF THE CURRICULUM

The staff assisted by multiple international volunteers worked on the development of this 5 month curriculum. The curriculum includes 5 sessions that were implemented at the three selected sites with the support of the partner organization.

Each session is 2 hours long and is divided into three sections:

•Basketball Skills;

•Life Skills;

•Partner Workshops for Project Sustainability.

COACHING TRAINING

The first step was to identify a cadre of 15 youth among 150 DUNK members. The selection went according to their involvement, their interest and the potential they have shown in becoming peer educators. The coaching trainings were conducted by coach Charlie Bridge and included theoretical and practical components.

REFEREE TRAINING

The selected Young Coaches were also introduced to officiating matches by Frank Sefakor. Four (4) theoretical sessions with our Referee expert Mr. Frank Sefakor were conducted as well as dozens of practical sessions where the young referees officiated youth and adult Basketball matches while being evaluated by their leader, Jesse Amegbo. The selected Young Coaches were also introduced to officiating matches by Frank Sefakor. Four (4) theoretical sessions with our Referee expert Mr. Frank Sefakor were conducted as well as dozens of practical sessions where the young referees officiated youth and adult Basketball matches while being evaluated by their leader, Jesse Amegbo.

CONSTRUCTION OF A COURT

During our assessment phase in Kokrobite, we realized that there were no safe spaces for children from this poor fishermen village to play. Most of the children from Kokrobitey were found wondering around the beaches or followed their parents to participate in the fishing activities.

A piece of land was donated by Lindsay (CEO of Volunteer-to-Change) for the construction of a Basketball Court on the same land her eco-friendly school is being built.

In order to allow the community to take ownership of the project and also promote the feeling of belonging, all the construction materials, labourers and contractor services where hired/purchased in Kokrobitey. Apart from these local labourers, 20 youth from DUNK-Nima were selected by the Youth Committee to participate in the construction of the court. Bringing along shovels, a wheel barrow and more, it was day of hard work and accomplishment for our selected members. (Date: 3-01-2014)

The two other selected sites/partners had their own Basketball Court.

 

PARTNER WORKSHOPS

Hebron Houses (Chance-For-Children)

A total of 23 boys and 27 girls participated in the workshops (50 participants). Boys and girls were trained separately to allow both groups to feel comfortable in learning a new sport. The participants were very receptive and appreciated the sessions. CFC has been a great host and fed our young coaches at the end of every session.

Hebron Houses Testimonials

“I learned that we must not say we cannot do it, if we work hard we can do it”

- Girl Participant, 15 yrs

“I learn that we have to work together. Thank you all for coming here to training with us, we really enjoyed it and I pray that you will come again”

- Care Taker 

“The dynamics in it and how the small coaches gets everybody massively taking part and also the comments that follow when a players attempts in amazing”

”They will understand how to work together, improve their concentration, have fun and most of all develop self-discipline”

- Social worker

Kokrobitey (Volunteer-to-Change)

A total of 26 children from and around Kokrobitey between ages of 6-16 years are being trained at Kokrobitey’s newly built Basketball Court. These sessions are being monitored by a local leader, who is in charge of carrying out the practices in between our sessions.

Additional notes

  1. The participants from Kokrobitey are doing extremely well as they are being trained weekdays as well by locals who voluntarily took on the project.
  2. Most participants did not have any sports equipment (Shoes, balls, shorts etc.) Therefore shoes, jerseys, t-shirts and shorts were shared among the participants.
  3. Kids were so delighted even though they had no knowledge about basketball, it was clear from their smiles; all they wanted was an opportunity to play and socialize.
  4. It is very challenging to convince the parents to allow their kids to participate in the sessions instead of working with their parents in this particular fishing community.

Dodowa (Orphan Aid)

There were 20 participants from Dodowa among which 6 were girls. Only one session was conducted with Orphan Aid so far. The second session was canceled due to a Volleyball tournament they were participating in.

The session began with an ice breaker allowing our young coaches to get to know the children from Dodowa. This was followed by a life skills training based on TEAMWORK. The children were then divided into 3 groups to learn some basketball skills on dribbling, passing, lay-ups and shooting.

Dodowa Testimonials

“I learned about TEAMWORK and that all of us have to know how to work with each other!”

Girl participant– 17yrs

“I like the training, it was fun.”

“We don’t get match to play, so we want you come again so we can play with you.”

Girl participant - 14 yrs

Here are some of our results:

                        A safe space for children to play has been built in Kokrobitey;

                        The participants from Kokrobitey received basic equipment to enjoy their sessions such as shoes,                                 shorts and T-shirts;

                        96 children were introduced to the game of Basketball in three different communities;

                        96 children have acquired new life skills: leadership, teamwork and respect;

                        3 local ambassadors are taking ownership of the project and are being empowered by our members;

                        3 partner organizations have been equipped to carry on the project (4 balls and 10 jerseys per site);

                        15 members of DUNK were provided with employability skills through coaching and referee clinics;

                        11 sessions were held in three different locations;

                        One of DUNK young coaches was trained by FIBA coaching officers who were impressed with his skills.                           He was the youngest participants of the training;

                        Our young coaches are leading DUNK-Nima sessions;

                        Our young referees are now officiating adults matches with great success.

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Session 4 at Hebron
Session 4 at Hebron

Brief about the project

DUNK!'s previous successes have stimulated demand from community groups for partnerships in implementing similar initiatives. This project is derivative of the needs identified for at-risk children to socialize, learn, play in a safe environment. In communities plagued by high levels of school drop-outs, illiteracy, unemployment and, idleness among youths at times leading to criminal behavior, the project will help build character and provide leadership training.

This is a 6-month project to be implemented in collaboration with established partners at three sites in impoverished communities around Accra. DUNK! will identify and train a cadre of youth coaches who will deliver 15 training sessions (5 per site), empowering each partner to take ownership of the project outcomes. The project also includes the construction of a Basketball Court in Kokrobite, a fishermen village.

Let the youth speak up!

From March up to now, our young coaches continued their great work organizing Hebron House 3rd and 4th sessions and Kokrobite 3rd session. 

For this report, we are putting our youth forward!

Here is what are beneficiaries had to say:

 “I learned that we must not say we cannot do it, if we work hard we can do it” 

                                                                                       - Adobea,15yrs (Hebron House)

 “As for me, I learn that we have to work together, and then I like the training very much. I like to thank you all for coming here to training with us, we really enjoyed it and I pray that you will come again next time”

                                                                                       - Madam Gladys (Care Taker/ participant)

 “The dynamics in it and how the small coaches gets everybody massively taking part and also the comments that follow when a players attempts in amazing” “the training will improve the children fitness, sharpen their brain (critical thinking) and also help them to learn how to follow instruction” ”They will understand how to work together, improve their concentration, have fun and most of all develop self-discipline”

                                                                                       - Freda Opoku (Social worker)

 " I have played basketball long before i came to DUNK, but in my country, they only thought us skills and not game plan, not how behave when you loss or win, not how to take the pressure and be mentally ready.... All this i learnt at DUNK. and I wanna Thank You".  

                                                                                          – Gercy, 16 years (DUNK member)

 We are moving forward!

Salim Hussein our lead coach of 17 years of age was invited by FIBA to attend his first accredited coaching clinic leading to his certification. The trainer was very impressed with Salim’s coaching skills!

Here is more about Salim.

Shining Stars membes/ Vice-President of Youth committee\Assistant coach

Salim joined DUNK in December 2012 with keen interest in learning the game of basketball. It was his first time being introduced to basketball.

Salim lives with his mother and father and 6 siblings. He is the oldest child of his parents. Being the oldest child, he takes care of his younger brothers and sisters. Salim was never involved in a group activity before.

Yet, Salim proved to be a great leader; one of those leadership style that just arise from itself, a natural leadership.

Salim became a big brother to all DUNK members. He acts as a role model to his juniors and peers to emulate. Salim also leads the mobile basketball project with charisma and attention to all vulnerable children which he worked with.

Salim’s self-respect and respect for others eventually got him to be the Vice-President of DUNKs Youth Committee. Moreover, Salim involves himself within his community and organize local youth and mobilize them for clean-up exercises.

From the recent parents’ survey conducted by DUNK, Salim’s parents pointed out the positive change of behavior in Salim since he joined DUNK. They now described him as being Courageous, Kind and Selfless Leader.

Finally, Salim represented DUNK at the 2014 International Schools Summit hosted by Lincoln in February 2014 to discuss world issues.

 

Keep yourself updated and keep donating as our next step is to complete the half court in Kokrobite to become a full court!

Exciting Development!

 Thank you for believing in our mission of Promoting success on and off the court!

Session 3 at Hebron
Session 3 at Hebron
Workshop with our young coaches
Workshop with our young coaches
On court session with our young coaches
On court session with our young coaches
Fun time at Kokrobite after a good session!
Fun time at Kokrobite after a good session!
Salim and his FIBA certificate
Salim and his FIBA certificate

Mobile project Update

Brief about the project:

DUNK!'s previous successes have stimulated demand from community groups for partnerships in implementing similar initiatives. This project is derivative of the needs identified for at-risk children to socialize, learn, play in a safe environment. In communities plagued by high levels of school drop-outs, illiteracy, unemployment and, idleness among youths at times leading to criminal behavior, the project will help build character and provide leadership training.

This is a 6-month project to be implemented in collaboration with established partners at three sites in impoverished communities around Accra. DUNK! will identify and train a cadre of youth coaches who will deliver 15 training sessions (5 per site), empowering each partner to take ownership of the project outcomes.  The project also includes the construction of a Basketball Court in Kokrobite, a fishermen village.

Recap on the visit to Hebron (first report)

At Hebron, 23 former street children participated in DUNK’s young coaches training session. After the 2-hour session, 4 balls, a pump and 10 jerseys were donated to Chance-for-Children.

Development: Second Stop, the fishing village of Kokrobite

During the recent Christmas Holidays, 23 of DUNK’s members started the construction of a Basketball court for the fishing community of Kokrobite.  DUNK’s Youth Committee had also decided to contribute towards buying the construction material. 4 days later, the court was built and the youth from the community could now enjoy their first Basketball Court.

Early January, DUNK’s young coaches made their way to the village to have their first training session with the youth for Kokrobite. 28 children were present to attend the session. The 3-hour session was so successful that the participants did not want to stop and were asking the coaches to stay longer.

Update from the field

The Youth from Hebron requested that our young coaches visit them again. The date set was February 8th.

The youth from Kokrobite are enjoying their new court. They train 3 times a week with the help of local coaches and teachers

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Brief about the project:

DUNK!'s previous successes have stimulated demand from community groups for partnerships in implementing similar initiatives. This project is derivative of the needs identified for at-risk children to socialize, learn, play in a safe environment.In communities plagued by high levels of school drop-outs, illiteracy, unemployment and, idleness among youths at times leading to criminal behavior, the project will help build character and provide leadership training.

This is a 6-month project to be implemented in collaboration with established partners at three sites in impoverished communities around Accra. DUNK! will identify and train a cadre of youth coaches who will deliver 15 training sessions (5 per site), empowering each partner to take ownership of the project outcomes.  The project also includes the construction of a Basketball Court in Kokrobite, a fishermen village.

Objectives:

100 Boys and girls between the age of 10 to 17 from Kokrobite, Hebron Houses and Orphan Aid (specifically street children, orphans and vulnerable children) will benefit from life-skills and Basketball training. 15 DUNK! Youth coaches (boys and girls) from Nima between the age of 14 to 17 will gain employability skills and will be trained as coaches 3 ambassadors from the 3 local partners will be empowered to carry on the project after DUNK! completion of the project.

 

First Stop, Chance-for-Children

Estimates show that there are about 30,000 - 50,000 street children living in Ghana’s capital of Accra. Society does not have a place for street children and government barely provides any sort of support for them.

For Chance-for-children, Street children in Accra should have the opportunity to take control of their lives through experiencing love and safety, and receiving an education and professional training. Chance for children houses are located at Hebron, a small town on the road to the Eastern Region.

Children in Hebron

Up to 60  (30 boys and 30 girls) former street children living in the Hebron-Home. The youth in Hebron are between 6 and 19 years of age, originate from different regions in Ghana and all came to Accra as loners, surviving around the Kokomba-Market area. Upon their arrival in Hebron they attend Prince Bwateng Memorial School in Nsawam – a private school, which is located only five minutes away from Hebron. After classes they all do their homework together and deepen their knowledge in small study groups. There are also some children living at the house who don’t go to school again yet. They are educated intensively so that they can soon return to a regular school. 

The children are supposed to feel loved and secure at the CFC facility in Hebron. The children have a duty plan, which they have arranged together. Regular meetings and daily talks with the social workers guarantee a goal-oriented problem-solving process

 

Kwame

My name is Kwame. My life was on the street. When I was on the street I used to do gambling and many other things. I have stayed on the street for about 8 years. To stay on the street is not easy because sometimes you will not get money to buy food or even to buy water. I didn’t have a place to sleep so sometimes I slept at the roadside. When it was raining I felt very sad. Sometimes I had to beg for money before I could eat. Sometimes I had to go to the marketplace to sell something before I could buy food. So life on the street isn’t easy. These are my experiences from the street.

(Kwame, 15 years, former street child, is now living at the CFC-Boys Home)

 

For Protection Reason, we were not allowed to take pictures of the children but here are some pictures of the facility and our 10 participating young coaches. 23 boys from Hebron participated in the Basketball Session. After the 2-hour session, 4 balls, a pump and 10 jerseys were donated to Chance-for-Children.

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Project Leader

Marie-Eve Lemieux

Varennes, Quebec Canada

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