With the Purpose of empowering women through sports, AKWOS in partnership with Global Giving and Mercy Corps , distributed Nike sport equipments to different women sport teams right from the grassroots. These included 60 rural women and girls sport teams from 20 selected Districts, 20 volley teams for women with disability, 30 primary school teams and 30 secondary school teams. This project has significantly increased the number of women teams with all basic equipments. We now have at least 20 volley teams for disabled women, within 20 Districts of the Country, there is in each District at least 1 football, Basketball and Volley ball team with all basic sport equipments, further more, so far in each District of the country there is a primary and secondary sport team with all basic sport materials.
The donation from Global Giving contributes a lot in the logistics activities when supplying sports materials to girls that have been identified as good players with no access to sports materials ,with the funds they are able to attend the training in time , refreshment and facilitates in mobilization of other girls that still has the culture mentality that sports is for boys.Many thanks goes to the donors from global giving for they have made a change in Rwandan Women’s mentality.
We are happy that Local Government Institutions continue to appreciate, our contribution to Women Empowerment through sports to the extent that AKWOS was awarded two tickets to go for the 2010 FIFA world Cup as a motivation to keep mobilizing women to participate in sport for social change.
Our program of promoting sports as catalyst for gender equity for social change needs to be strengthened and expanded so that it can benefit a large number of women. And for this particular case, we plan to advocate for the provision of more sports infrastructures, we plan to target many young girls in primary schools, to have trained coaches in all sports fields and all sectors of the country, and to conduct annual competitions for young girls in all sports fields at the whole country level.
An other impressive achievements so far, are the training of 50 primary schools women teachers from 50 rural schools in Gender Equity in Sports for Social Change. We can be proud of the positive impact this program have, where it led to the formation of girls associations for Anti-Aids, Anti-Gender Based Violence, Unity and Reconciliation Clubs and we now have young girls who were elected to be leaders, which were not the case before.
For the next 3 quarters, under this program we are organizing refresher training for 54 primary schools young girls and Interclass competitions. We really want to see rural schools in movement, girls with self confidence, with self esteem and hope for the future.
AKWOS is aware and thankful of the invaluable support of its donors and partners, and basing on that, we are confident that once again, with continued commitment by all of us, the challenges will be mastered and success will be assured. But please feel free to tell us what you think about our Project, what is needed to attract a wider support.