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Aug 21, 2013

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Kick4Life ReCYCLE Scheme

The ReCYCLE Scheme is a weekly waste collection service run by young people living on the street using bicycles and trailers to collect waste from subscribing customers. Participants receive points for conducting collections from more than 40 subscribing customers including businesses and private household, and these points translate to funds towards schools fees and equipment. Points are also received for bike maintenance. The young people also recieve wider support including mentoring and referrals with the aim of getting them back to school and re-housed. It is the first recycling collection scheme in Lesotho.

After only 6 weeks of training, the our Siyakhona Media Studio participants produced this wonderful profile of one of our ReCyclers, Tselisang

Watch the video here!

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Apr 22, 2013

Breath of Life- A New Video about a Kick4Life Participant

Please take a look at a video created by our film production training program, Siyakhona. Breath of Life is a case study into the life of a Kick4Life participant: http://kick4life.org/watch.php?vid=169955

Siyakhona is our new participant-driven social enterprise designed to train our youth in the art of film production. The aim is to provide quality video content for Kick4Life and to provide a sustainable income for youth who are exiting our initiatives. 

You can also have a look at our Siyakhona Blog: http://siyakhonak4l.blogspot.com/.

At Kick4Life Social Enterprise is about empowering our participants with the skills, confidence and opportunities to achieve sustainable livelihoods for themselves and their families, as well as building the long-term financial sustainability of the organization.

Our Social Enterprise activities also have a wider social benefit that contributes to the overall development of the local community. This is an exciting and innovative part of the model - providing tangible opportunities for participants to achieve long-term economic independence that contributes to social improvement.

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Dec 20, 2012

Seasonal Greetings from Kick4Life!

Thank you so much for your support of Kick4Life again in 2012! With the support of the Kick4Life Global family we have been able to reach thousands of youth with a range of care and support services including HIV Prevention, education, re-housing, psycho-social support, health care and employment training.

We are now an operating 501(c)3 non-profit in the US and we are looking to expand our volunteer network across the country. If you're interested in getting involved (or you know someoone who may be interested!) please contact pete@kick4life.org or call 917-678-4584.

Please check out this video that outlines what we got up to this year.

Happy Holidays!

Sep 19, 2012

Making the most of Mobiles

 ICT (Information Communication Technology) has undergone an explosion in Africa, most notably in the area of mobile communications. Internet access is still limited, particularly in sub-Saharan countries and very often innovations in mobile technology have stepped in to fill the gap. In Lesotho many young people do not have an email address, but have more than one mobile phone, although market penetration (currently at 39%[1]) is likely to be heavily twisted towards urban populations.

Kick4life has adopted the use of mobile technology to increase the comprehensive knowledge of young people on HIV and AIDS. The project is also designed to increase uptake of HIV Testing Services and peer counseling, increase ART adherence of participants, and provide easy access to support networks where correct information on HIV prevention and HIV counseling and testing services can be obtained. 

How it works?

Cell phone text messages are automatically sent out to Vodacom Subscribers who currently make up about 70% of the market in Lesotho. The messages are about HIV Life skills education and HIV testing and counseling. Pre and post testing will prove whether such messages can promote changes in attitude and even lead to take actions like going for HIV Testing&Counseling. The project has taken place in 2 stages so far:

  1. Question is sent out to the subscriber and they are to respond back with the correct answer; response levels are measured both before and after the release of a key message corresponding to the question.
  2. Subscribers are prompted to text in a word ‘HIV’ to the # 54321,beginning an automatic dialogue in which the participant is asked various questions about their testing history, and then offered the service of locating their nearest clinic.

OUTCOME

Over 2 million responses were received in the first few months indicating that many people are reading the texts, are willing to respond, and showing interest in SMS as a means of communication. In broad-spectrum the figures showed a good increase in correct responses after the key message had been released, suggesting that the campaign had been successful and there is an increasing knowledge level on key topics such as HIV transmission, prevention and treatment. 

Given the encouraging early successes of the campaign, Kick4Life are now investing in developing a more robust software platform to help further develop the project and make it easier to create more specific campaigns for different audiences in the future. Let us all join hands in transforming lives for the better, from all different parts of the world whether you're a company, organisation, a football club or individual you are welcome to support us in achieving our mission. For more information check our website www.Kick4Life.org and feel free to get in touch.



[1] From Budde (2011) annual report: Lesotho – Telecoms, mobile and Broadband, available at: http://www.budde.com.au/Research/Lesotho-Telecoms-Mobile-and-Broadband.html

May 21, 2012

Kick4Life Progress Report May 2012

Prince Harry with Kick4Life
Prince Harry with Kick4Life

2012 has been a very exciting year for Kick4Life to date. Some of the highlights of the year so far have included:

Orphan and vulnerable Children Program

  • 24 youth have been supported back into education through our Orphans & Vulnerable Children Initiative.
  • Our ReCYCLE social enterprise program, where partipants collect recyclable goods now has 51 subscribers. The youth involved with the program use bicycles and trailers to collect the goods in Maseru with all profits from the scheme put back into funding their school fees. It is Lesotho's first recycling scheme.

HIV Prevention Program

  • Over 3500 have graduated through our HIV prevention education curriculum
  • A total of 44,214 Red Cards have now been distributed. Each Red Card details certain common behaviours that may put a person at risk of HIV. As part of the Red Card campaign there has been a total of 162 drama performances with a combined total of over 47,000 audience members.

Other new highlights

  • Phase 2 of the Lesotho Football for Hope Center is currently under construction although we still need more funds to complete! Please let us know if you or someone you know can support us with this!!
  • We have extended our partnerships with USAID, UNICEF and the Lesotho Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, amongst others.
  • Kick4Life now has a 501c3 registered entity in the US. If you would like to support us from the United States please contact us at info@kick4life.org

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Project Leader

Curtis Gardner

Maseru West, Maseru Lesotho

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