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Mentorship of 350 girls in Kenya through soccer



The 2014 KYFA Ladies Nationwide Tournament will be held from Friday, April 25th to 27th and players will be hosted at a School in Kisumu. KYFA is expected to provide 350 players with meals and accommodation. All 20 teams will bring along their personal effects. Daily empowerment activities including motivational talks, life skills sessions etc will be held under a tent outside the classrooms. Football matches will be played during the day with winners awarded on the final day of the event.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

A lot of studies in Kenya point to an increase in cases of teenage pregnancies, school dropout among girls, early marriages, and contraction of STIs/HIV etc. Some of the reasons advanced for this are that include peer pressure, inadequate communication about sexuality at family level, poverty, heavy domestic workload and gender based violence leading to young girls running away from home. In addition, girls are not offered the same opportunities to play soccer and show talents as boys.

How will this project solve this problem?

Out of the empowerment activities including mentorship sessions, motivational talks, organized team competitions and follow-up activities at team levels, the girls will develop a camaraderie allowing them to discuss and cope with biological and psychosocial changes taking place in and around them. They will become more aware of threats to their growth. Lastly, they will develop skills to communicate effectively and to think critically about their actions and decisions.

Potential Long Term Impact

In the Long-Term, the following impacts will be realized: -Increased households willing to uphold rights and provide educational opportunities to girls and boys. -Ordinary girls football teams will turn to positive peer groups -Increased enrolment and retention of girls in schools resulting in a) Reduced teenage pregnancies b) Reduced cases of childhood marriages c) Reduced school drop-out rate amongst teenage girls -Improved reproductive health amongst teenage girls

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $0
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $3,000
Total Funding Goal: $3,000


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Project Leader

Kevin Obware

Kisumu, Nyanza Kenya

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