• 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