Western Kenya is known to produce one of the finest sport and other related talents in the country. Bulk of the players forming the national soccer, volleyball, rugby and basketball teams among other disciplines come from Western Kenya. Even with this, a lot is still untapped. Sport is one of the means to achieve many of ADCBO’s core objectives, as well as an end in itself in ensuring every child’s right to play. From the perspective of improving health, sport and physical activity provide young people with physical, social, and mental benefits, thereby improving productivity and psycho-social well-being.
Sport provides a safe space for children and adolescents, and promotes healthy alternatives to drug, and alcohol. Sport is a “school for life” and teaches children and youth such life lessons as the value of fair play, cooperation, teamwork, respect for self and others, and positive competition. Participation in school sport programs has been linked to higher percentages of children staying in school, and to increased learning retention rates. For out-of-school youth, whose copious amounts of free time tend to leave more vulnerable to high-risk activities, sport is a healthy diversion.
Girls are more likely to be infected with HIV/AIDS than boys of the same age-group. Even if a girl does not have HIV herself, she is affected if any of her family members are infected. Girls are more likely than boys to be pulled out of school to care for their AIDS-stricken families. And once out of school, their vulnerability is compounded as they are cut-off from the life saving information and skills, and does not learn to fend for herself, economically or socially. Read more...
ADCBO through AFK inc. has already supplied some sport kits to some schools in Likuyani sub-county. A soccer team – Kongoni Community Library Football Club is already in competition with other teams around the region. Thus, directly in response to community requests for support, ADCBO would like to expand sports both in-school and out-of-school – with a component for girls and women as well – across Kakamega county and Western Kenya as a whole.
Our target in is to have a talent academy where all sports activities can be contacted from. We are looking at over 200 boys, girls and women in one year throughout Western Kenya playing football, volleyball and basketball and empowered to make informed decisions about their sexual activity and other important choices about their lives.
With 5 administrative wards, each ward is going to form a team to make a 5 team competition. This is to apply both to soccer and volleyball. Then they select the best players from the 5 teams to form one strong team to compete with other regions within the county and later go national.
To establish a talent academy that will work with the local schools and other institutions of higher learning within the region to identify, select, develop and nurture talents among the youth in the institutions and the surrounding to reach their fullest potential.
Our focus is to pursue an integrated, human rights-based approach to programming to achieve maximum benefit to the community. Addressing Girls’ Education, Child Protection and Fighting HIV/AIDS are initiatives to support sport for girls and youth clubs within and without schools in western Kenya. We are requesting for funds to allow the program to scale-up in a sustainable way, a vibrant soccer league and other sport disciplines that would link-in with all the other activities the ADCBO program is contributing to many other learning institutions in Western parts of Kenya.
The structural component of the budget covers the sports-related activities: the establishment of the league; playing friendly matches with sister teams in other areas where youths’ football has been underway already; training youth referees; and conducting a year-end County-wide tournament. There would also be a strong emphasis on content; that is, training both adult and youth coaches on HIV/AIDS and life-skills, for them to then train their players and peers respectively on the same subjects.
To facilitate this, some equipment would need to be procured, including sports gear, trophies and life-skills materials. Finally, project support would cover staff time to ensure continuous monitoring, regular meetings between stakeholders, administrative support to ensure smooth implementation, and a final evaluation of the project.