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Dec 9, 2019

Mtwara Marathon - Right to Be Me

Count-down for 10 km run
Count-down for 10 km run

Sports Development Aid organized a running event - Mtwara Marathon in Mtwara town on 30th of November to raise funds for the renovation of our future inclusive Sports and Education Centre supporting people with disabilities and school drop-out youth with vocational education. The runners run 5 km, 10 km or 20 km. The slogan “Right to Be Me” carried an important message about the rights of people with disabilities to live a normal life and to be included into the society as equal members.

The Guest of Honor - Regional Commissioner of Mtwara was very happy to see that the event was prepared specially to highlight people with disabilities and their rights, who are neglected in the society. The Regional Commissioner insisted that this group needs attention and the society’s support so that they can be independent and meet their goals in life (see his entire speech via attached link). He gave his contribution 200,000 TSH (90 USD) towards the center and encourage other people to donate as well that we can help this special group.

Around 200 people participated in the marathon, including 10 disabled students from Shangani and Rahaleo primary schools. They run 10 kilometers and Said Hussein, a boy from Shangani Primary School won a silver medal. Saidi’s teacher Mis. Amina was very impressed to see her student winning the second place, “many people don’t recognize people with disabilities, however, they can do wonders as normal people can”.

From the beginning of 2020, Sports Development Aid’s major focus will be in fundraising for the Sports and Education Center, thus, all the support is needed from all over the world. Please make your first contribution towards our project and share it with your friends and family.

Rahaleo Primary School "special runners"
Rahaleo Primary School "special runners"

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Sep 9, 2019

First steps towards Live, Learn and Support Centre

Sports Development Aid (SDA) has continued with fundraising for Live, Learn and Support Centre. We have visited local companies to present the project idea. The idea has been warmly welcomed by all of the companies, however, the time seem to be challenging with business, thus, SDA's fundrasing has been challenging and hasn't generated the wanted outcome. However, SDA will not give up and keeps on trying to find supporters. 

SDA has had multiple meetings with Tanzanian Building Authority (TBA), who owns the area in question. We have agreed about the future renovation and usage of the area. The area is reserved for SDA, but the renovation should start as soon as possible. In Mid-September 2019, SDA will start organising instructed sports in the compound as a fundraising activity for the further renovation.  

Sep 9, 2019

Education and Reproductive Rights

Peer leader leading a discussion
Peer leader leading a discussion

Dear Friend,

This is a second report of Sport Development Aid's Girls Empowerment Project. In this report we want to let you know how the project is proceeding, by sharing some of the feedback from the project schools, and give one example of what we have done in the community to promote girls' equal rights to education and sports.

 

 

Project feedback from the schools

Once a week, teenage girls in secondary schools come together with their peers, assisted by their sports teachers to discuss about difficult issues which they face in their schools and in the community, for example, school dropouts, teenage pregnancies and poor school performance. Apart from general discussions, these so called “Girls Action Clubs” (GAC) are given health and life skills topics to study and reflect on. The given topics in the last three months were: Sexual and Reproductive Health, Family Planning, and Sports and Games. After studying and discussing about the topic, the girls head out to play sports.

During school visits, the project personnel collects feedback of the project's impacts and places of improvemet. Generally, the schools feel that Action Clubs help the girls to change their life style, make better decisions, thus, reaching their goals.The following presents some of the received feedback from the girls and their teachers.

Sports teachers from all 9 schools reported that the girls are doing better, not only academically but also socially. Their confidence and self-awareness have increased a lot. These changes can be seen in the girls’ appearance and daily communication with the teachers. The girls stand straight and can express themselves clearly. Developments like this are only possible if we continue giving support for these girls.

A girl from Mikindani secondary school: Since the project started in our school there have been several changes, for example, pregnancies and school drop outs have been reduced and school performance is getting better day by day among girls. We are so happy and proud that this project came to our school”.

“We would like to meet twice in a week and get even more knowledge about Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and entrepreneurship, also more teaching materials would be needed. In addition, we are asking SDA to add more seminars for peer leaders and sports teachers. We like them a lot.” – Action Club girls from Sino Secondary school. As we can see from these comments, the project is doing well, however, there is still need for more support in the project schools to help the girls to improve their school performance. 

 

Nanyamba Sport Event

In August, Sports Development Aid (SDA) organized a sport event in Nanyamba ward, Mtwara Rural District. The event was a hit and drew out over 1 000 people from the community, 550 of them being girls from Nanyamba Secondary and Primary schools. Among, and within various entertainment activities, such as drama, comedy, songs, poems and sports (football, rope pulling and sack running contests) the audience got education about the importance of education and sports as Human Rights, especially for girls. The community was very impressed to see the strong school girls who actively participated in the event activities. SDA gave twenty health education books to Nanyamba secondary and primary schools.

 

Last words and acknowledgements 

All in all, the past three months have gone well and the project is on the right track in improving girls’ opportunities for equal education, healthy life and sports. We want to thank our supporters and remind about the need for more equipment and support for these girls and schools to thrive. Please, continue being a changemaker with us in these girls’ lives and make your next donation.

 

With best,

Sports Development Aid

"Girls Action Club" girls
"Girls Action Club" girls
Sack running race in Nanyamba sport event
Sack running race in Nanyamba sport event
Winners of the sack running race
Winners of the sack running race
 
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