GRASS ROOT SOCCER (GRS)

GRS session

GRS session

A soccer themed curriculum is used to empower the youth to prevent HIV/AIDS through discussions about decision making and healthy choices. The GRS curriculum is a series of activities that explore issues related to HIV/AIDS, providing the skills to lead healthy lives. It requires active participation and creates a safe (team based) environment in which participant can share their feelings, beliefs and ideas about HIV/AIDS. It is delivered primarily as an after school program in schools and community centers.

Coaches take their teams through 15 sessions that each contains a set topic with one or two short activities. One such session, “My Supporters”, focuses on how everyone needs supporters in life. The group is arranged in small circles. One person at a time stands in the middle leaning against the others, who support him or her with their hands. The group will then discuss stigma against people living with HIV/AIDS and the importance of social support.

A graduation ceremony is held for participants who complete all sessions. Families and friends are invited to witness a certificate being awarded to all graduating students.

GRS profile.pdf

MREMBO GIRLS PROGRAM

Mrembo session

Mrembo girls having a discussion

The primary goal is to reach out to the disadvantaged and marginalized young women and girls in the Majengo slum area. Many young girls lack information on how to tackle issues relating to their reproductive health. As a result many end up in compromising situations leading to early pregnancies, HIV and sexually transmitted diseases, school drop outs etc. The Mrembo program, meaning “beautiful” in Swahili, seeks to build, unveil and restore the inner beauty of young women through a series of educative sports activities.

One of the sessions in the program is called “Life Choices”. The girls will first dribble a ball through a set of cones. Next, each cone will represent a challenge in life, and there will be a penalty of 5 sit-ups for hitting a cone. The session is concluded with a round of discussions about the similarities between soccer and life – in both one must make the right decisions and deal with challenges and consequences. The coordinator will assist the discussion by bringing up choices and challenges faced growing up.

Mrembo profile.pdf

GAME ON! YOUTH SPORTS

Millions of Kenyan children lack the opportunity to reap the physical and emotional benefits of taking part in quality sports programs. The Game On! school plan introduces children in the primary grade 1-3 to the skills development necessary to participate and enjoy sports activities. Children in grade 4-8 are introduced to the rules and skills requirements for a number of specific sports as determined by the local community.

The Game On! Youth Sports program operates by training grass root soccer coaches from the community as well as P.E teachers on introducing proper sports skills to young children. The goal is promoting the value sports can bring to the overall child development.

Parents of the participants are all aware of the coaches who are handling their kids and also know where their kids are training. Furthermore, parents are supporting their kids to achieve their fullest sports potential by meeting with their coaches and allowing their kids to attend training sessions on time and reporting back on time. Generally, Game On! Youth sports, has been an eye opener to many youth sports coaches, participants and the community.


TRAUMA RECOVERY

The Trauma Recovery project aims to help in the recovery and personal development of children and youth affected by the hostilities in Kenya. The need for such a project was evident by the aftermath of the 2007 post-election violence. Nationwide, over 1000 people died during the skirmishes and over 3000 families were rendered homeless. In Mathare slum over 300 people died and more than 1200 families were rendered homeless. In Kiambiu slum, over 100 people died and more than 600 families were rendered homeless. In Kibera slum over 700 people died and more than 800 families were rendered homeless.

Research shows that traumatized people achieve better outcomes when they have strong connections to people who care about them; friends and mentors who understand the challenges they face. The concept of using sports as an educational tool is quickly emerging, and is internationally recognized as an effective means of reaching traumatized youth with proper advice and support.

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