Project #1933

Game On! Youth Sports in Kenya

by Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP)

On the 1st of December VAP - along with a select few Kenya based charities - will teamed up with the World Health Organisation to host a football themed HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis event. The event coincided with World AIDS day.

The aim of the event is to raise awareness of the TB/HIV co-epidemic through football and through the image of Stop TB Ambassador Luis Figo who's very keen on empowering children and adolescents through sports.

Background -

Luìs Figo became a Stop TB Ambassador in 2008. Mr Figo, a decorated professional Portuguese footballer, was the 2000 European Footballer of the Year, the 2001 FIFA World Player of the Year and was named among the FIFA 100 greatest players of all time. Luis Figo's worldwide appeal and popularity will make a major contribution in the fight against tuberculosis.

Football is one of the most compelling and widely followed - and played - sports in the world. Mr Figo is keen to use his skills and popularity to raise global awareness and counter the stigma of tuberculosis to help reduce the many needless deaths that result from this preventable and treatable disease.

Figo's Educational Comic Book on Tuberculosis -

The Stop TB Partnership has produced an educational comic book delivering key information on tuberculosis. The comic book features Mr. Figo as the main character and targets children and young adults. The aim is for them to learn more on tuberculosis. Key messages embedded in the story focus on prevention and treatment of the disease, on the determinants of tuberculosis - malnutrition, living conditions - and on tuberculosis and HIV co-infection. Tuberculosis is a leading killer of people living with HIV.

Event Plan (Proposed Scenario) -

The main objective of the event was to offer children and adolescents an opportunity to increase their knowledge about tuberculosis and HIV through football. The proposal was to have a workshop on tuberculosis and HIV, followed by a tournament and street match.


It was organized one-two weeks in advance of major event. At the beginning of the workshop, students filled out a questionnaire to assess their knowledge about tuberculosis and HIV (only students that belonged to same age-group). They then participated in a class activity on the subject – it included reading the comic book and/or watching the cartoon with presentation and discussion on key TB/HIV messages tailored to the age group involved. As activity, students were asked to create a drawing with slogan to be used for increasing knowledge of tuberculosis and HIV. A post-test to test acquired information on TB/HIV followed the event (only for those students that belonged to same age-group)

Tournament - Street Match

Boys and girls were divided into several mixed teams and played in a short tournament. The two finalist teams played on 1 December. The winning team was awarded a Stop Tuberculosis Cup signed by Luis Figo. The Stop Tuberculosis Cup was awarded by: 1. UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy to Stop Tuberculosis and former President of the Portuguese Republic, Dr Jorge Sampaio. 2. UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Sports, Development, and Peace, Mr Wilfried Lemke


For the first time in the history of FIFA practitioners and stakeholders from around the world came together to explore the commitment of football to social development and to help determine the way forward for football for hope movement, a movement that uses the power of the game for social change. From grassroot organizations working at


In downtown Nairobi I waited for Eunice Ndeche, the founder of Capitol Area Soccer League ( to show me to his offices. The 4-lane highway was clogged with Matatus and buses. I noticed a few horse carts dodging traffic in the nearest lane, opposite the Kenyan Central Bank. Only there weren’t any horses or donkeys, just burley men dragging supplies on their carts. I reached for a camera to save this strange juxtaposition of modern and archaic. One of them smiled at me as he gave the yolk of his cart a yank. He smiled at me. “Hey wazzap!” he said.

CASL’s offices were on the 6th floor of a 20-floor high rise. As we boarded the elevator, I thought, this doesn’t feel like a typical globalgiving project! I thought our projects are village-based grassroots operations. When I saw CASL’s office I understood. CASL ( and Best Buddies Kenya ( share one five-foot square cubicle subleted from another company. CASL has a staff of 18 with 2 full time employees. They all cram in here when they need to. This is what “cost-effective change” looks like; two NGOs crammed into one cubicle because there isn’t enough donor money to support the Geneva convention’s minimum human space requirements. Each of these organizations operate on less than $5000 a year and they need your help. They don’t have money for big ad campaigns or media consultants. The staff is a handful of 20-something youths trying to curb the spread of AIDS. Imagine what you could do for them if you just re-tweeted their needs or used GlobalGiving’s new “tell a friend” tool to help them as a “virtual volunteer.” We’re on a listening tour of Kenya because there is so much more we can learn from our client organizations in person. The organizations I’ve seen are not always as I expected, but I have been impressed with what they’ve done with our donors’ support.

CASL is planning a soccer tournament in two weeks ( They wanted to host 16 teams but currently only have funding for half that. They’ve successfully courted ColaCola and SarafiCom (mobile phones) in the past but the economic downturn has put a damper on youth sports AIDS prevention. They expect to host 60 players. All will be tested for HIV and will partake in AIDS awareness education. I got them signed up on twitter and you should be able to follow the tournament live on March 28th, 2009 (@endeche or @globalgiving on twitter). In addition they have a youth network of teacher trainers who go to schools and combine sports education with AIDS prevention messages. The two full time staff look to be in their twenties. These truly are youth teaching youth. Michael Kremer wrote that for what it costs to treat one AIDS patient for one year, you could prevent new infections worth 25 to 110 years of life. If just one of their four projects was fully funded, over 1800 years of combined AIDS-free living would result (using Michael Kremer’s upper estimate and the AIDS treatment cost per person). Nancy Waweru manages a similar project to empower girls and educate them about AIDS ( Her workshops emphasize “reproductive health,” meaning they discuss healthy relationships, sex, abortion, menstruation, STDs, and fighting stimga. “What is one organization you really admire for the work they do?” I asked Nancy. She immediately replied “Step by step!” “Why?” “They are new but have already done much. They hosted a very effective workshop on reproductive health at Kaimbo. They also got CocaCola to sponsor it. And they work with ‘deviant girls.’ They are not so easy to work with.” Great Nancy! Thanks to you and Eunice for meeting with me. It was an honor. And know that if our projects recommend another organization, you can bet we’ll invite them to join GlobalGiving in the future. This is how we uncover great new organizations. Whether big or small, new or old, any legitimate, recommended, social media-savvy organization has the same opportunity to attract funding on our site.

27th Dec 2008 marked a great occasion for Game On! Youth sports affiliated teams as they all participated in “Break the Silence” campaign football tournament. A total of 20 under 14 teams gathered at Makongeni sports grounds with higher expectations of having fun, learning life skills and playing the game of football.

Before the start of the game, teams were taken through some life skills teachings from their coaches and volunteers who were in attendance. The tournament atmosphere was quite exciting as all the participating youth had a lot of fun and everyone had a chance to play in the game.

A total of 20 Game On! Youth sports trained coaches were at hand to make sure that every kid had a chance to play and learn the basic life skills. The tournament was played on a knock-out basis that saw Kinyago youth and Masa sports getting into the finals and Kinyago emerging victorious by 2-1.The winning goals for Kinyago were scored in the second half by Andrew Kimani with Masa getting theirs through John Mwanza.

The guest of honor during the tournament was Mr.James Wanjala a former national soccer team captain. He congratulated the participants for taking their time to show case their soccer skills and life skills that is more important in anyone’s life. Mr Wanjala said “I would also like to thank the Game On! Youth sports project for its commendable job of giving out an opportunity to young kids to develop their skills and moreover the life skills education towards their whole life. The Game On! Youth sports trained coaches are a good example of the youth coaches that any sporting society would ever dream to have”

We at Game On! Youth Sports project would like to THANK our partners through Global Giving for supporting and assisting us to make all this to happen. It’s our goal to train more coaches on Game On! Skills and providing all sports opportunities to hundreds and thousands of children and this can only happen through your generous support..

18th-19 July 2008, Game On! Kenya in conjunction with Kenya American Sports Coaches conducted a two day girls soccer clinic at the Makongeni Youth center. A total of 300 girls from 12 youth centres accompanied by their respective coaches converged together for this event. The event focused on three thematic areas: Capacity Building, Sports management and the Role and expectation of a youth coach.


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Organization Information

Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP)

Location: Nairobi, Kenya - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Nancy Waweru
Nairobi, Kenya

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