Aug 14, 2017

Gender Justice in Kenya

We have recently been lucky enough to have the chance to return (with more One World Futbol's) to Marsabit in Northern Kenya. Coaches Across Continents worked with some of the inspirational leaders at HODI Africa in this remote rural area of Kenya recently. Thanks to the generous donations of many of the project contributors HODI received some One World Futbols over the course of the last 18 months. We are delighted to report that those balls, now a year old, are still going strong and are an integral part of HODI's work in the community as you can see from the photos!

HODI work with some of the thousands of disadvantaged youth in Marsabitone of the most underserved areas in Kenya. HODI was registered as an NGO in 2007. The organization has since grown to be the voice of championing peace and development in Marsabit through advocacy, education, community cohesion (through soccer) and livelihood support programs. In particular their key program in 13 schools helps adolescent girls break the silence on issues that affect them through a network of peers who share information on life skills and create a safe space for girls to learn from each other. 

All HODI sports activities take place on dirt pitches in the area. As part of this campaign, HODI has been given many ultra-durable One World Futbols to play sport and educate youth. As demonstrated by the originals still being in use these balls have transformed HODI's programming. These balls have lasted far longer than any expensive regular ball HODI had previously. This money saving is great for them as they can use the money on other educational materials. It also saves tiresome trips to buy more balls and provides a great story for the youth.

In addition to using the ultra-durable balls with their sports programming, HODI also partnered with Coaches Across Continents on a project which provides the community leaders with the tools to create their own women's rights policies. In an area like Marsabit where religion, tradition and culture play a key role in norms it is important that there are passionate and determined leaders ready to stand up to harmful practices such as gender based violence. Over the last 5 years CAC's work with HODI has educated hundreds of coaches about addressing this and other local issues on the sports field.

All of this impact is only possible thanks to your generous donations to the campaign. We greatly appreciate your support and desire to get One World Futbols to the communities and children who need play most. Anything you can do to create awareness about this campaigntelling your friends and family, sharing the campaign on your social media channels, etc.would help more youth in some of the most underprivileged regions. Once again, we thank you on behalf of these communities.

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May 23, 2017

Submission of report - ASK for Choice - Coaches Across Continents

The conversation about girls’ and women’s rights resonates around the world. Laws exist that aim to protect and serve all people. But the reality is that no country has full equality across genders, and in too many countries gender discrimination is legal or harmful traditions prevent girls from making their own choices. With our International Women’s Day (IWD) resources and the greater ASK for Choice movement CAC provides opportunities for personal and community involvement in initiatives that challenge the status quo, and engage in sustainable efforts to reach the Targets of Global Goal 5: Gender Equality.

CAC impact is deeply intertwined with the efforts of our partners; the content in this report is, therefore, a compilation of perspectives from our global network of community organizations. As Process Consultants, working with a vast variety of partners, our work as well as our M&E must be collaborative.

CAC’s 2017 International Women’s Day resource packet incorporated two main elements: the ASK for Choice curriculum and a framework for designing, developing, and implementing a localized women’s rights policy. These resources were shared with over 1,000 organizations in 100+ countries to take collective action towards Global Goal 5. This document presents just some of the feedback CAC received from community leaders who utilized the games and the policy pathway.  

Community coaches and leaders, Aravind and Rajesh, from our partner Parikrma Foundation in India:

"First thank you for giving an opportunity to participate in such an important event. It was great attending your workshop. We learned a lot. Thank you for bringing the helping nature out of us. Women’s freedom is still not given to them until these are true: 

1)      Women and girls have equal rights in our community

2)      Women and girls do not feel shy to come forward to do things and ask for their choice

3)      Women and girls are free to dress as they want in the society

4)      Women should be given equal opportunities not only in education but in all places and situations

5)      Women harassment should be stopped

6)      Women can walk free in the streets at midnight"

The ASK for Choice and IWD curricular and policy development resources contribute to the increase in Knowledge about girls’ and women’s rights, health – including reproductive, nutrition, drugs and alcohol, and HIV –, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, technology and broad educational faculties. In addition to sharing knowledge of existing policies contributing to gender equity and inequity around the world, CAC partners have access to information and tools that approach the following Global Goal 5 Targets:

Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences

Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women

“The CAC IWD resources have been helping the youths and children of the community, every week ayouth mentorgoes to his/her community and runs the training using the CAC curriculum, that way the community isbeing aware and informed about different issues on women’s and girl’s rights and protection. Our commitments are playing the IWD games with girls and women (teachers) and discussing with boys and men regarding the rights of women andbreaking gender stereotypes.” - Prateek, Childreach Nepal

“I took the time to interview women and girls in my community to find out if they knew about International Women's Day, and to my surprise, they were not aware. I had a chance to share CAC/ASK games with the teachers and the importance of using sports tospread the message.” –David Mulo, Green Kenya

“Our event gathered local people who lead others and organized a debateon what can be done to respect women and girls rights. Mostly discussed how to reduce gun, sexual, and gender-based violence. It was a great success because young people, grassroots leaders, agreed to be on the frontline to fight gender-based violence. It was the time to ask local authorities to go out of their shells and become the center of women's rights and respect. Thanks a lot for your help.” – Alphonsine, Refeades-Makobola, Democratic Republic of Congo

 

***See remaining content of CAC 2017 IWD report in attached PDF Document. 


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May 22, 2017

Going Strong in Brazil

We have recently been lucky enough to have the chance to return (with more One World Futbol's) to one of the first sites which received the balls. Coaches Across Continents worked with some of the inspirational leaders at ACER Brasil in Diadema in Sao Paulo state, Brazil recently. Thanks to the generous donations of many of the project contributors ACER had received some One World Futbols last year. We are delighted to report that those balls, now a year old, are still going strong and are an integral part of ACER's work in the community!

ACER work with some of the thousands of disadvantaged youth in Diademaone of the poorest areas of Sao Paulo. ACER provide youth development activities such as educational classes, language lessons, music, art classes and sporting opportunities to children who otherwise would not receive any sort of structured support. For many this is the only education they receive growing up in Diadema.

ACER has a concrete sports pitch on which they run their sports programming. As part of this campaign, ACER has been given many ultra-durable One World Futbols to play sport and educate youth. As demonstrated by the originals still being in use these balls have transformed ACER's programming. These balls have lasted far longer than any expensive regular ball ACER had previously. This money saving is great for them as they can use the money on other educational materials. It also saves tiresome trips to buy more balls and provides a great story for the youth.

In addition to using the ultra-durable balls with their sports programming, ACER also partnered with Coaches Across Continents on a project which educates the 10,000 youth in Sao Paulo state prisons about conflict prevention, drugs and alcohol abuse and gender equality using sport. These One World Futbols are an integral part of this project which uses sport as an educational tool for high risk disadvantaged youth within the state. 

All of this impact is only possible thanks to your generous donations to the campaign. We greatly appreciate your support and desire to get One World Futbols to the communities and children who need play most. Anything you can do to create awareness about this campaigntelling your friends and family, sharing the campaign on your social media channels, etc.would help more youth in some of the most underprivileged regions. Once again, we thank you on behalf of these communities.

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