For hundreds of children and young people in Mombasa who live and work on the streets and on dumpsites they are unable to play sport and have fun in safety - we want to change that! Our Street Soccer Programme creates spaces where children and young people can play without the fear of discrimination, stigma and persecution.
For the hundreds of homeless children and young people living on the streets and dumpsites in Mombasa they have no access to safe spaces. When children come together to play they are chased away and there is also a risk of Police, who use the opportunity of groups of children together, to conduct Mass Round Ups and incarcerations for the 'crime' of being homeless. Children and young people have no trusted adults and we are trying to change that through our Street Soccer Programme.
Street soccer creates safe spaces for children and young people to play and to talk to trusted adults. We deliver 6 sessions of Street Soccer a week - three in the City and three on the Dumpsite. At every session children and young people can play safely with protection from our Football Coach and Street Workers. At these sessions children and young people play games, play football, access first aid and can talk to a trusted adult about anything that is important to them at that moment.
This year Street Soccer will create the opportunity for over 500 children and young people to begin to build relationships of trust with Glad's House. It will ensure they have access to support when they need it. It also enables them to improve their physical health through exercise and first aid as well as their mental wellbeing by being able to run around and play and share their concerns, fears and frustrations.