The unique combination of soccer, life-skills activity and HIV testing continue to make the Maseru Street League a success. Now roaring into its second year of operation, Kick4Life held a special Groundbreaking Ceremony during the latest football tournament in honor of the new Lesotho Football for Hope Centre!
The Lesotho Football for Hope Centre is a product of the “Football for Hope” movement, which uses the power of the game for positive social change. It is led by FIFA and streetfootballworld, a centre of expertise that connects a global network of organizations in the field of development through football. “20 Centres for 2010” is the name of the Official Campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. The aim of the campaign is to create twenty Football for Hope Centres for public health, education and football in disadvantaged African communities as a legacy of the 2010 FIFA World Cup on the African continent.
Kick4Life has been selected as the host of the new Centre, to be located in the capital city of Maseru. It will provide a broad range of programming for all Basotho youth, with facilities including HIV testing and counseling rooms, a resource library, an IT room, a classroom and even an artificial football pitch.
Check out a great article on the FIFA website about the event!
As always, many thanks for your continued interest in Kick4Life and the Maseru Street League. Your support translates into real, tangible help for some of the most disadvantaged kids in the world. The next year should be exciting as we expand and improve our programming with the help of the new Lesotho Football for Hope Centre. A fine Christmas present indeed.
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After its first full year of operation, the Maseru Street League is proud to report to you a range of information which will give you a better idea of what this program is about, and how you are specifically helping Kick4Life change lives through football.
In August 2009, Kick4Life began giving orphans and vulnerable children in the capital city of Lesotho a chance to play 7-a-side soccer in a safe, educational environment. Along with soccer, the kids participate in K4L activities, which teach them life skills and stress the importance of knowing your HIV status. K4L also provides voluntary HIV testing and counseling on site in the privacy of testing tents, conducted by experienced nurses and counselors.
From August 2009 - August 2010, the league has:
... reached at least 546 youth in Maseru (the total number of kids who have attended at least 1 tournament).
... tested 167 youth (63 males, 54 females) for HIV, which is about 30% of all participants.
... facilitated 8 games from the Kick4Life curriculum.
... conducted an HIV knowledge survey of 139 participants.
... taken 150 of the most committed participants to see World Cup matches.
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The next year will be bigger and better, kicking off with a huge "Test Your Team" Event on Friday September 24. This event will feature all the Street League teams, as well as five other schools from around Maseru. By putting an even stronger emphasis on testing and providing more tents and counselors, we hope to test at least 150 participants in one day! As always, the event will be a colorful combination of music, dancing, theater performances and a lot of soccer.
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Because of you, K4L will continue to make a real difference in the lives of kids in Lesotho. Thank you for your support!
The Maseru Street League offers a chance for 150 orphans to play 7 a side football in a safe, educational environment. The kids participate in Kick4Life activities which teach life skills, focusing on HIV prevention and the importance of knowing your HIV status.
On May 9, Kick4Life hosted the biggest Maseru Street League ever in recognition of the Youth Development through Football (YDF) Tour Bus Event. YDF sponsors the Street League, and in anticipation of World Cup 2010 in South Africa, they sent representatives to enjoy the success of their implementing partners all over southern Africa. On this Mother’s Day, touched by a brief rain shower in the morning and graced by clear sunny skies for the remainder of the day, Kick4Life played host to over 500 orphans, students, dignitaries, and anyone else who wanted to join, as this event was open to the public. The festivities of the day included the usual football matches, a table for kids to make puppets, K4L activities and games, a theater performance which culminated in all 500 participants standing in the shape of a giant HIV ribbon, and even a carnival dunk tank! The team from the nearby village of Mazenod, dubbed the "Magnificent 7", won the Street League Cup. A great day indeed.
For World Cup 2010, thanks to 200 donated tickets from Sony and Grassroot Soccer, we are bringing the kids who participate most regularly in the Street League to two matches: Greece v. Nigeria, and France v. South Africa. Not only will this be the experience of a lifetime for them, but it will also show that dedication and commitment to a cause, in this case regular participation in the Street League, can translate into success.
Want to visit Lesotho and see Kick4Life in action? Check out the link below for more information about our All-Stars tour group.
Kick4Life and the Maseru Street League are grateful for your interest and support as we continue to use the universal appeal of football to make a real difference in the lives of kids in Lesotho. Thank you!
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