The first half of 2014 has seen Alive & Kicking go from strength to strength. Our stitching centres in Kenya, Zambia and Ghana continue to make over 5,000 balls a month and embark on exciting initiatives to raise awareness around preventable disease and to combat social exclusion. Our balls are sold and donated across several African countries and provide sustainable fair-pay employment for over 130 people.
2013 Annual Review
Alive & Kicking’s Annual Review 2013 is now available to view online. 2013 was another significant and successful year in Alive & Kicking’s development and the Annual Review contains information on all our major achievements. Our not-for-profit stitching centres in Kenya, Zambia and Ghana continued to make impressive strides in retail while pushing forward with innovative and exciting social outreach and health awareness programmes.
A&K Ghana successfully completed its first health awareness initiative, teaching football coaches and young people in Accra about HIV and malaria. A&K Kenya launched the first ever training programme for the blind, using specially designed ‘sound balls’ and arranging training sessions and tournaments for over 500 visually impaired children. In Zambia, we built on the success of previous years to take our hugely successful HIV awareness roadshow to the Central Province. The year also saw thousands of balls donated across each country, including the matched donations from our award winning ‘Balls For Africa’ partnership with John Lewis.
The Alive & Kicking Annual Review 2013 has information on all these stories and more, including the impact our work has on our staff and communities, the progress we have made in terms of publicity and support, and information about how you can get involved and support our progress going forward.
HIV Awareness Roadshow – Lusaka Province
A&K Zambia has begun the 2014 HIV Awareness Roadshow, which is being hosted in four locations in Lusaka Province. Working with our partners Tackle Africa, the roadshow will visit locations in and around Zambia’s capital; Kafue, Chongwe, Munali and Chipata Compound. The roadshow will see coaches from each area trained in football drills that can be used to teach young people about HIV. The coaches will complete a training course amongst themselves before being evaluated as they deliver the training to their own teams. Each week of training will be followed by day of community football and netball tournaments, in which the local community will be invited to learn about HIV and take part in voluntary counselling and testing. 1,000 hand-stitched Alive & Kicking balls will be donated to participants and other local schools and projects.
A big thank you to all of our individual supporters, who continue to be a crucial part of our success as we look to increase our impact across Africa.
Alive & Kicking has enjoyed an excellent start to 2014, as our stitching centres in Kenya, Zambia and Ghana embark on exciting new initiatives. They continue to make over 5,000 balls a month, for sale and donation across several African countries, and provide sustainable fair-pay employment for over 130 people.
Ghana Health Outreach
A&K Ghana has completed its first major health outreach programme. 64 coaches from Greater Accra were trained in educative football drills which increase understanding of HIV and malaria; how the viruses work and how they can be prevented. Working with partners ORPED Sports, the coaches developed skills which they can use with their teams going forward. Tournaments were organised between the coaches’ teams and over 900 balls, printed with simple health messages, were donated. Full report to follow; check A&K updates on Facebook, Twitter and our website.
Kenya Visually Impaired project
Working closely with the Angus Lawson Memorial Trust, A&K Kenya has completed an innovative programme allowing visually impaired children to participate in sport. Using specially made ‘sound balls,’ which contain ball bearings and allow players to rely on hearing rather than sight, 400 children and their teachers were given an introduction to blind football and the ability to take it forward themselves. It provided an opportunity for visually impaired children to take part in organised sport, often for the first time.
New Stock for Online Shop
Alive & Kicking’s Online Shop has been updated to reflect some exciting new designs. Two new synthetic designs - ‘circles’ and ‘triangles’ - are now available, as well as our traditional leather, rugby and cow hide balls. Personalised balls can be provided for your company, which are great tools for marketing and promotions. The Online Shop is the best way for customers outside of Africa to get their hands on an Alive & Kicking ball. Visit aliveandkicking.org/shop to get yours today!
A big thank you to all of our supporters, who have been a crucial part of our success to date and continue to play an important role as we look to increase our impact across Africa.
Alive & Kicking has continued to enjoy success throughout 2013, as our stitching centres in Kenya, Zambia build on their past success and A&K Ghana starts to get a foothold in the West African market. They continue to make over 5,000 balls a month, for sale and donation across several African countries, and organise valuable social outreach initiatives. Full reports on outreach projects in Ghana and Kenya will follow; check our Facebook and Twitter and News pages for updates.
A&K Ghana is currently performing its first major health outreach programme. Having built up production capacity and begun to develop sales partnerships, now is the perfect time to increase our social impact through health awareness work. Up to 75 coaches from Greater Accra will be trained in educative football drills which increase understanding of HIV and malaria; how the viruses work and how they can be prevented. Working with partners ORPED Sports, the coaches will develop skills which they can use with their teams going forward. Tournaments will be organised between the coaches’ teams and over 900 balls, printed with simple health messages, will be donated.
Working closely with the Angus Lawson Memorial Trust, A&K Kenya is currently running an innovative programme allowing visually impaired children to participate in sport. Using specially made ‘sound balls,’ which contain ball bearings and allow players to rely on hearing rather than sight, 400 children and their teachers will be given an introduction to blind football and the ability to take it forward themselves. It will provide an opportunity for visually impaired children to take part in organised sport, often for the first time.
‘Big Five’ Christmas Raffle
Alive & Kicking is offering its UK supporters the chance to win one of five animal inspired footballs in our ‘Big Five’ Christmas Raffle! Why not try and win an exclusive animal ball – not normally for sale in the UK – as a perfect Christmas gift? The raffle is open until 16th December and all you have to do is donate £2 to via aliveandkicking.org/donate
A big thank you to everyone who has supported Alive & Kicking throughout 2013, we look forward to building on our success over the next year. On behalf of everyone at A&K we wish you a happy Christmas and a great 2014!
Alive & Kicking has continued to enjoy success throughout 2013, as our stitching centres in Kenya, Zambia and Ghana go from strength to strength. They continue to make over 5,000 balls a month, for sale and donation across several African countries and organise valuable social outreach initiatives.
Business-Charity Partnership Award
Our partnership with John Lewis has achieved a great piece of recognition after picking up the Institute of Fundraising’s ‘2013 Best Business-Charity Partnership Award.’ The award was presented at a ceremony in London and was the culmination of lots of hard work in both the UK and Kenya.
Alive & Kicking balls were on the shelves of a British retailer for the first time as a result of the ‘Balls For Africa’ initiative. The partnership resulted in a major order for A&K Kenya, sustaining employment for 50 stitchers for nearly 2 months, and resulted in thousands of balls being donated across Kenya.
Hendon United SC tournament
Alive & Kicking teamed up with Hendon United Sports Club to run a football tournament in Matangulu, a town in Kenya’s Machakos district. The tournament involved 11 local teams competing in league and knockout games over two days and created a real buzz among the local community.
Kenya turns 50
In December this year, Kenya will celebrate 50 years of independence. To celebrate the occasion, A&K Kenya has launched a limited edition commemorative ball, which is on sale now in Nakumatt stores across Kenya.
British 10k London
A dedicated team of Alive & Kicking runners completed the British 10k London run in July, raising over £4,000 in the process. Lots of hard work and training went into the run and fundraising efforts and the preparation was needed as temperatures rose well over 30 degrees during the run. A huge thank you to all those who took part!
A huge thank you to every one who has supported Alive & Kicking so far this year, we look forward to our next update in three months’ time.
Alive & Kicking had a dynamic start to 2013 and it is great to say that we’ve managed to sustain this positive progress. Thousands of balls continue to be stitched in Kenya, Ghana and Zambia, fuelled by an ever growing demand, and our health road show in Zambia resulted in a huge increase in HIV awareness. This momentous streak of success has also seen Alive and Kicking be nominated for the ‘2013 Best Business-Charity Partnership Award’.
A&K Zambia HIV Awareness Road Show of the Central Province
In May, Alive & Kicking completed its HIV awareness road show in the Central Province of Zambia; proving to be a resounding success. The scale of the event allowed us to bring HIV health awareness to some very remote places (where it is desperately needed), visiting areas such as Chibombo, Kapiri Mposhi, Liteta and Kabwe.
Working alongside Tackle Africa, A&K organized football and netball tournaments that were accompanied by voluntary HIV counselling and testing (VCT), allowing individuals to discover their HIV status.
The road show also taught local football coaches how to teach football drills that embodied information and lessons regarding the different aspects and threats of HIV. These teaching techniques stay with the coaches, giving them the skills to raise HIV awareness among others they coach in the future. This means the road show will have a lasting impact on the education of HIV within the region
Our partnership with John Lewis has been shortlisted by the Institute of Fundraising for the ‘2013 Best Business-Charity Partnership Award’
The ‘Balls For Africa’ initiative saw balls on the shelves of a major British retailer for the first time. The partnership has been highly prosperous for our social development goals creating a major order for A&K Kenya; sustaining employment for 50 stitchers for nearly 2 months, and resulted in thousands of balls being donated across Kenya.
‘Balls For Africa’ are currently on sale for £20, on a buy one and donate one basis, at John Lewis stores nationwide or online. The winner of the award will be announced on the 1st of July.
2012 Annual Review Published
Our annual review, which was published this month, has shown the truly momentous progress Alive & Kicking has made in 2012. Our partnership with John Lewis saw our balls in a major British retailer for the first time, A&K Zambia completed a successful health road show; promoting HIV awareness in many regions and a third stitching centre was created in Accra, Ghana.
We would like to say thank you to anyone who has supported or donated to Alive & Kicking. We also look forward to filling you in on the future progress we come to expect in our next Global Giving report in September. For more in depth and regular updates on Alive & Kicking’s activities please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or visit our website: http://www.aliveandkicking.org/.
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