• MUHURU BAY, Kenya, August 15, 2009
    • In August 2009, an LAFC team (President Don Sheppard, Director of Social Responsibility Lorrie Fair, and LAFC soccer players Katie McDonald, Annie Kean, and Casey Cousineau) visited Muhuru Bay in an effort to get to know the community better, to plan our future involvement and to lead soccer clinics.
    • Twenty girls and twenty boys from the local community participated in campWISER, learning about gender issues in Kenya, leadership and teamwork, adolescent health (HIV), technology training and soccer clinics. The classes emphasized self-esteem and overcoming gender barriers.
    • Soccer clinics were run by an all-female team of coaches, which surprised many of the Kenyans at first, but quickly broke down the traditional gender stereotypes about women playing sport.
    • LAFC has provided financial assistance to the building of the first model all-girls secondary boarding school and community center in Muhuru Bay made available for 120 girls. The WISER school will provide female teachers as role models, teacher training in new pedagogies, and full and inclusive scholarships to two thirds of the girls enrolled, with a strong focus on AIDS orphans.
    • Community programs will focus on gender, leadership, and HIV/AIDS education. These co-educational programs involve male peers who learn how to share leadership roles with girls. While the school is under construction, Duke University organizes campWISER to help facilitate social change in gender perceptions and discuss major health issues relevant to the society.
    • The funding also contributes to the installation of a complete water system to provide clean, potable water for the school and surrounding neighbors for 5,000 people. Lake Victoria has a high level of schistosomes, making water collection a serious health risk for malaria and other infectious diseases.
      The LAFC Foundation partnership with WISER has long-term objectives not only in Muhuru Bay, but if successful, in every rural area in Kenya.
15 / August / 2009  WISER  Comments Off
  • UMKHANYAKUDE DISTRICT, South Africa, August 11, 2009
    • The Umkhanyakude District is the largest and poorest in South Africa; 70% of the population is primary school aged due to the AIDS epidemic. Partly funded by CTAOP (Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project), Mpilonhle has partnered with LAFC to help build sports facilities, provide equipment and professional training for local coaches, referees and administrators at strategically located schools in the district.
    • Mpilonhle’s uses mobile health and education units to provide an innovative integrated program of services to these rural youth. This integrated program provides health education, with a focus on HIV prevention; HIV voluntary counseling and testing; health screening and treatment for major health problems of adolescents, including substance abuse, nutrition and obesity, hypertension, and tuberculosis; support of a social worker for social and psychological problems; and computer training.
    • This is done using three custom designed mobile Health and Computer Education units that regularly visit secondary schools and community centers throughout the district. The health unit comprises a pair of identical but mirrored trailers with fold out screens and a covering tent/awning that forms a ‘teaching space’ between the parked trailers. Each trailer comprises two counseling rooms and three storage lockers for tables, computers and various other items necessary for the operation of Mpilonhle. Docking stations for the mobile health units will be built into the construction of the facilities.
    • LAFC President Don Sheppard and Director of Social Responsibility, Lorrie Fair, visited schools in the district that would benefit from Mpilonhle’s program. LAFC’s aim is to spread the joy of playing soccer to disadvantaged children while encouraging them to achieve at school. Through sport, there is an opportunity for education, tutoring and mentoring children to look beyond high school and improve their lives. The soccer fields are also a benefit for the surrounding communities as they provide a venue for socializing at organized matches.
11 / August / 2009  Mpilonhle  Comments (0)