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Stories from the field:(Skillz Kenya Program)
“Community life is not easy, since we the youth are exposed to HIV in many ways without us knowing. From the Skillz Kenya program I have realized that the first step to stay away from HIV is to know the basic skills how to protect yourself. Just like football you have to know and master the basic skills to play the game.” 16 years old, Mohamed Osman,St.Patrick High School.
“ As young people and leaders of tomorrow,we need to take care of ourselves and exercise what we’ve been taught about HIV/AIDS because by doing so,our future and our society will be healthier and stronger” Said,14 year old Juliana Atieno from Salama Primary school
Located on the 3rd floor of a crowded residential plot with no enough playing field,Motherway high school,a newly formed school in the sprawling area of Mathare North just a few kilometres to Mathare slums was eager to learn english literacy through football regardless of the school’s status and lack of enough teachers based on the fact that it’s an informal school.
The introduction of “Double Club program for secondary school” in their school came in handy as the school lacks enough teachers for Egnlish literacy lessons and a few who are there are already overwhelmed by the ever increasing number of students from poor backgrounds who are yearning for basic education.The project runs as an after-school club,and increasingly in curriculum time with football being the motivation,and all education resoources are based on Arsenal or football in general.
“Being a young aspiring footballer,i like the program because it combines both football and education which is very key to my future.The program is giving me confidence and self-esteem in literacy.” Said John Mwambu a form 3 student at Motherway high school.
“We would like to request well wishers through global giving foundation and other sources to contribute towards this worthy cause as we continue to impact the lives of many student with education and literacy through football” Enouce Ndeche,Director
For the last 2 months the Kick-Out corruption 7-aside football mini league has been hitting the playing grounds of Kiambio with a total of 12 teams in participation. Teams were branded names based on what the majority of the players would wish to become or do as a professional when they grow up. They were splitted into various professionals eg.Lawyers fc,Presidents fc,Senators fc,Governors fc,MPs fc,Directors fc,Doctors fc,Managers fc,Police fc,Ministers fc,Engineers fc, and Judges fc.The league was coupled with Kick-Out corruption activities conducted by VAP’s Anti-corruption crusaders(ACC) that focused on ethics and integrity as well as values of leadership. The judges fc emerged the winners of the league by trouncing Police fc by a solitary goal.Additionally,all participants were awarded with certificates that confirmed them as Anti-corruption ambassadors.A word of wisdom from former National team football player, Francis who was invited as a guest was also in handy to the participants.”I have learnt great teachings on how to stay away from being corrupt even as am focused to become a future leader. If we can have corruption as a subject right from the primary schools to the upper levels, then our society would be a great one.”Said, 13 year old Jack Ouma, from the police fc.
We would like to thank all the donors for their generous contribution towards our goals.Thanks and please keep donating as you also encourage others.