July 4, 2010

Girls Soccer Tournament and Life Skills Training

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:52 am by kampala2capetown

Today, I met with SEP’s local trainers and soccer coaches to discuss the official launch of the female empowerment program. The director and I had recruited an official life skills trainer from Kisumu to visit us on Saturday morning to discuss a potential partnership for training the girls.

After we waited for an hour of him not showing, we decided to have a brainstorming session amongst ourselves about how to create this program. We called in one of the local girls, the captain of the girl’s soccer team and sat for a couple hours as we discussed many of the issues facing girls in the Oyugis community and ways to empower them to be leaders for change. Some of the issues we came up with were: teenage pregnancy, parental neglect, prostitution resulting from poverty, and most significantly lack of knowledge of their rights as women and young girls.

We decided we will hold a girls soccer tournament, life skills introduction and final world cup game celebration party on July 11th, as a closing to the world cup, but more important an introduction to the future of female empowerment through football in Kenya.

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1 Comment »

  1. Mike Feerick said,

    With regards to your life skills training, you comment that poverty is at the core of the problems is regretfully so true – and its the same worldwide. Many organisations trying to help young people improve their skills and self-esteem have introduced them to ALISON (www.alison.com) where they can begin and continue life long skills and education improvement. The ALISON service is free to all – and to teachers and trainers who wish to set up learner groups with many thousands of learners across South Africa. Keep Up the good work. Mike


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