It's a transition time for the Maseru Street League. Kick4Life is currently applying for more sources of funding to continue running the monthly football tournament that combines HIV testing with innovative life skills activities. We have recently submitted a proposal to the "Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit", also known as G.I.Z. These guys have been the major source of fundraising for the past year and a half, so hopefully it's just a matter of time before they approve another 8 months of funding for the Street League.
The new proposal for the Street League incorporates some valuable lessons learnt from the past 1.5 years of operation, namely, that once-a-month football tournaments are simply a beginning to truly transforming the lives of OVCs into becoming positive, contributing members of society. The new Lesotho Street League proposes both an expansion by hosting events in other districts and a focus on high-quality care for a small number of OVCs.
Here is a brief summary of the goals for the new "Lesotho Street League":
1. 7 Street League tournaments will be held between April 2011 and December 2011. Four of these tournaments will take place in Maseru, and the other 3 will take place in the nearby districts of Berea and Leribe.
2. Approximately 150 OVCs who have attended the Street League most regularly will participate in a "Holiday Camp", or a week-long camp in which they receive the entire K4L Curriculum over the course of 5 days.
3. 30 of the most vulnerable OVCs from the streets of Maseru will receive intensive, ongoing holistic care. They will receive an in-depth needs analysis using an innovative tool known as "CSI", and Care Plans will be developed and executed using a diverse network of local organizations who can provide services that K4L cannot, such as shelter or food and nutrition.
Kick4Life is eagerly awaiting the decision of G.I.Z. regarding the proposal. In the meantime, your tangible support continues to provide the most at-risk youth, literally gathered from the streets of Maseru, the opportunity to participate in ongoing weekly training sessions, which have been essential in building and maintaining caring adult relationships. Without your support, this transition time between major sources of funding would likely have been wasted.
So, on behalf of Kick4Life, thank you for making the Street League possible.
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