Our soccer programme has had a revamp!
We have partnered with a new coach, Fred, to restructure the programme, so that it is not just a time for kids to meet and play soccer but also a time where talent and character can be developed. Fred is more mature and experienced than our previous coaches.
With Fred we also decided to target more vulnerable communities, such as Gaba, a suburb of Kampala. Gaba is a fishing landing site community with lots of slum areas. It is quite multicultural with many Somalis and Sudanese, as well as Ugandans. Most people in this community live in absolute poverty and many kids drop out of school to earn a living for their families on the fish landing site. There is a lot of drug abuse and prostitution in the area, which has lead to high levels of HIV/AIDS.
We believe our soccer program can help many youths in this community who are both in and out of school by providing them an alternative to help them avoid drugs and prostitution, and become empowered in a supportive environment.
We have requested Gaba Model Primary School (where many of the Kids First kids attend) to provide storage for our equipment and a room we can provide lessons on the Bible as well as personal skills like hygiene, educating about HIV, etc. The school administration has kindly accepted, after hearing what we wanted to achieve in the same community in which they work.
We are excited to see how this new improved programme develops over the year, as more disenfranchised youth can be empowered and encouraged through this outreach.
Here at Kids First we all have something to say, so this blog will be updated by members of our team as our work progresses to keep all of you in the loop!