We use sport to build relations with children in disadvantaged communities of Mount Hampden.We provide recreation, identify neglected but talented children, get to know the children through fun activities during sports time, and help some of them go back to school.Education is a fundamental right for every child.Our aim is not to target bright kids but afford equal life opportunities even as Sports stars. We give Life skills, provide provide pastoral care and a holistic programme for the kids.
The growing number of orphaned children in Zimbabwe due to the HIV& AIDS pandemic in both rural and urban communities is high.Children are left with no one to fend for the family let alone pay for their education. Young children roam the streets begging or searching garbage bins for food, clothes and anything they might find useful. They engage in drug abuse, alcohol at a very young age as a means of numbing feelings and end up involved in crimes, theft, teenage pregnancies and child marriages.
We give them a safe space to open up about their challenges through our friendly discussions during and after a game of football or netball. They get a chance to be normal children and for that day not worry about the next meal because we feed them. Counseling is provided by professionals who volunteer. The games are fun, recreational and they let their guard down and we encourage them to think positively. Re orientation into schools is important so they have basic education and some even excel.
With funding the programme can grow to help 1000s of children in different communities.Those that succeed can help by offering services to the younger ones, and be role models.We hope to build a center for the children and run pop up schools with qualified teachers.Vocational skills will also be trained in sewing, carpentry, gardening for income generating projects and provide their own basic needs.In house counseling should be available.Talented sports players have a chance to be professional.
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).