Shoot to Score for 500 Children in Northern Kenya

by Horn of Africa Development Initiative - HODI
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Shoot to Score for 500 Children in Northern Kenya
Shoot to Score for 500 Children in Northern Kenya
Shoot to Score for 500 Children in Northern Kenya
Shoot to Score for 500 Children in Northern Kenya
Shoot to Score for 500 Children in Northern Kenya
Shoot to Score for 500 Children in Northern Kenya
Shoot to Score for 500 Children in Northern Kenya
Shoot to Score for 500 Children in Northern Kenya
Shoot to Score for 500 Children in Northern Kenya
Participants with balls during a league match
Participants with balls during a league match

The pandemic in Kenya

Kenya is now in the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Over the last two weeks, cases have been rapidly increasing and the total number of cases between March 7 and 20 is 11,801. South Africa, a much larger country and with more testing capability, has 16,595 cases over the same period by comparison. 

Schools are open but activities with participants are limited. A presidential directive currently in place prohibits sports activities between participants from different schools.

Our new website

We launched our new website on March 11. The website includes a more detailed look at our programs and fresh pages for our supporters to get involved through volunteering and donations. Here is a screenshot of the new website, which you can access at


We also recently completed our annual audit and financial statements for the 2020 financial year. On March 15, we  filed our annual report to the NGOs Coordination Board as required by Kenyan law. The NGOs Coordination Board is the regulator of the NGO sector in Kenya.

Our projects

  • In February, we trained 7 people on football drills and child safeguarding. The coaches were trained at our office in Marsabit and safety precautions were taken. 
  • In our shoot to score project, we have continued to train young girls and boys in Marsabit on life skills topics delivered through football drills. Because of the current pandemic situation, participation was restricted to participants from a school only in order to reduce mixing. The drills were delivered by trained coaches and all participants wore masks and observed social distancing. 450 girls and boys are currently participating in these sessions. 
  • 76 girls and boys are training and participating in a weekly football league. The league is currently taking place in one location only due to restrictions caused by the pandemic. 
  • Over 100 community members and school pupils have been using radio to learn and get important information about the pandemic and other topics. The radios are solar powered and can be charged. 
  • Towards the end of last year, we distributed sanitary kits containing a reusable menstrual pad along with other basic essentials to 96 girls. We went back this year to ask them about the kits and how they have used them. Many of them have reported that they found the pads easy to use and clean. They are reusable, so they have not had to buy regular pads for the last 3 months. 
  • Working with 93 women in our Qusanno village savings project, we have supported 4 registered groups to file their quarterly reports with the national government. From February 1 to March 22, 2021, these women have saved a total of KES 74,700 between them. Previously issued loans have continued to be repaid, with a total of KES 130,500 repaid during the same period. These loans have mainly been used to support small businesses, providing economic empowerment for women and their households. 
  • In our sport on the cutting edge project, 27 former circumcisers have continued advocating against female genital mutilation. They reached 567 persons in February with messaging about the dangers of FGM, myths and facts about FGM and its illegality in Kenya. 
  • 7 girls were directly rescued from FGM through the work of former circumcisers.
  • 29 community leaders met 643 people during community meetings, religious gatherings and home visits. With these people, they discussed the dangers of FGM and encouraged community members to give up the practice.  

Thank you

We could not have done all this without your support. We ask you to keep supporting and empowering communities here in northern Kenya. 

On behalf of all our communities and everyone on our team, we say a big thank you for your enduring support.

Audio learning in Marsabit
Audio learning in Marsabit
Sessions at schools
Sessions at schools
Community monthly meeting
Community monthly meeting
Community member collecting water
Community member collecting water


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Marsabit County in northern Kenya now has 90 confirmed Covid19 cases as of Thursday, November 19, 2020. A few deaths have also been recorded, with health workers among the worst hit. We resumed working from the office in July but the rising cases have caused a lot of fear among communities and staff. 

We are  still implementing our activities, however, at a reduced scale. We have also taken action to protect  staff  by introducing guidelines and ensuring they have access to masks  and hand sanitizers at all times. It is difficult but we know that our communities need us and that is why we will keep going for as long as possible.

In our last report, we mentioned that we were working on distributing equipment to teams. We now have an update on the  work we have completed in the last quarter. One of our participants has this to say:

"With the knowledge I have gained I can stand firmly to fight against FGM, early and forced marriage which leads to denial of rights. I am a future leader with the knowledge I have gained to act against all those practices in my society. Assertiveness is also another thing i learned about the topic on human rights. I have learned to follow my own decision and not the decisions of others. Saying YES or NO to those people who decide to make a decision for me.                   

Ability to communicate clearly and sharing thoughts and ideas really improved my communication. Before the training it was difficult for me to stand before a large group of people and share out my thoughts, ideas and feelings towards something. After the training I was very encouraged and motivated. I am now courageous enough to start looking for volunteer work. It also helped me to be self independent, improved my communication with others and enabled me to achieve my goals."

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Kenya, like the rest of the world, has been affected by the Covid19 pandemic. The number of cases is rising sharply and we are definitely on the upward climb. Marsabit has 3 confirmed cases now, but overall Kenya now has 16,643 cases (July 22, 2020), an increase of 13,654 cases since June 9, 2020 when there were 2,989 cases. The President announced an end to the lockdown of 3 Counties including Nairobi  on July 6, 2020, and allowed up to 100 worshippers to congregate for prayers in places like mosques and churches. The nighttime curfew will continue nationwide up to August 2020. 

In addition to this, Marsabit has faced another challenge. 29 people have been killed and 28 injured (as per our own count) in shootings in Marsabit County between March 13 and July 7, 2020. A few people have been arrested. Combined with the current Coronavirus crisis, it is presenting more challenges to our work, especially our ability to make physical field visits to communities. The situation was tense but things are much calmer now, though people still take precautions. 

With the donations we have received this year, we have so far managed to acquire balls for three school teams. We hope to acquire some more very soon. Schools have been closed until January 2021 due to the pandemic but school administrators are able to receive equipment at this point. 

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Football in the village
Football in the village

There was a build of the game and each team prepared separately. The biggest trophy is that of being the most peaceful team on and off the pitch. Here in Gar Qarsa Primary school one elder stood out for us all he formed his own team mixing both girls and boys as is required. He coached them even when he has never watched a game of football leave alone playing. Elder Galm is the old generation who cursed when he saw girls lifting their legs but after working with HODI for 6 years now he is a Gender Equality Champion.

What we needed was to create a connection between the head and the heart; he accepted the change but we shared data and the different cases studies of how football is transforming lives and livelihoods. Also sharing why men and women have to be on the same page, seat under the same tree where decisions are made with social – economic and cultural benefits.  As men see the challenges faced by women in their lives and in their communities.

They know they have the ability to influence or change the status quo. Often, action starts on a small scale. Through the appointments they make, through their trust and respect for women and through the opportunities they make available or support. For Elder Galm it started with initiating the first ever mixed team through a collective effort and small little actions bringing to life an opportunity for girls and boys to be equal not just on the field but off the field too in real life. Elder Galm is a living legend and an example to be emulated as a champion of SDG Goal 5 through our shoot to score for gender equality.


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Asugo with his only tool football
Asugo with his only tool football

Some moments change ones life for good and in the case of Asugo football has completely transformed his life. He started playing from a very young age and is now a HODI champion for peace. he lost his father as child and was raised by a single mother. Life was not easy for him including access to education and sports and play was a luxary beyond his dreams. His inspiration has made many young boys and girls pursue their education and have fun while plating football. He comes from the pastoralist nomadic community in a little known village and his hope was one day to just play in the village league. But as fate will have it he had a chance to play at the highest level in the history....the world cup in russia. The year was 2018 June as he left the village he was blessed by the elders and 6 months later he came back to transform his little village now with 10 teams and everyday kids playing football. 

Your support has enabled the provision of balls to start off the training in the village in the past 3 months. As he recently visited the town center all he had was gratitude from him, his mother and the entire community. You invested in one young player who has had a ripple effect of reaching 100 children just by himself. Imagine if Asugo was given all the support he needed to take the game to the next level? The rough pitch in the village has become his arena where he performs and gets the kids to learn about shoot to score not to kill. Through football bringing the young people together and even talking about the conflict issues while learning team play, tolerance and acceptance of diversity.

Our hope is to have the Shoot to Score Academy operational by the year 2020 this will only be achieved only with your support. It has been a long journey but you have walked with us through the toughest path and now its time to make what was once a dream the reality. The sun is almost setting in this little unknown village and we have to catch up with Asugo on how many kids he trained today! Tomorrow is another new day and as the sun rises so does the hope of transforming the communities through football. 


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Horn of Africa Development Initiative - HODI

Location: Marsabit, Upper Eastern - Kenya
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Twitter: @hodiafrica
Project Leader:
Fatuma Adan
Marsabit, Marsabit Kenya
$14,039 raised of $25,000 goal
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