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Canadian Sports volunteer Kate Badana this weekend attended a two day football clinic event. The event dubbed let's play was a series of events that have been held in major towns all over the country. Major sports tv super sports has been organizing the event which was started in South Africa and has been a great success there.
The aim of the event is to inspire young footballer, drills, and short football matches are held in the two days. Two top football teams spend a day each with the kids teaching them the basics of football, from kicking the ball right, formations, passes and even goalkeeping skills. The major football players also act as role models to these kids. To Sum it up all the very good kids are picked and they are later enrolled in a football academy where their skills will be bettered.
Football teams like the one Kate has been working at will also benefit from donations like footballs, boots, uniforms and any stuff they need for practice. Although they won't reap the benefits immediately these equipments that will be sourced from teams in abroad will be of big help to the local teams and will go along way in improving the young footballers skills.Projects Abroad has been doing this for it local partner Nakuru Youth Football Association, where volunteers have in the past donated football playing kits to the team.
A walk through Hills Special School gives you a double sided coin kind of feeling on one hand you are thankful that you are of sound mind and body and on the other hand you try and fit yourself in the shoes of this children who are mentally and physically challenged.
The government owned school and with only four other schools of the kind in the country admits children from all over the country. Though highly under financed, the school has been working wonders with the little they have.
The close to 200 children who live in this boarding facility are divided in several classes. Some are severe cases and the only thing they are taught is social and communication skills that help them in relating and let them easily live in the community. Others are better off and the the school offers them pre vocational courses like carpentry and farming just to give them skills that can earn them a living.
With boarding fees amounting to 6000 Kenyan shillings ($75) for a term of four months most of the families get this a big hindrance to the enrolment to the school mainly due to their poverty ridden background. Besides this ignorance has also led to parents hiding or even chaining children suffering from similar problems.
Projects Abroad Kenya has now started partnering with Hills especially to help solve or reduce some of their problems. The workforce at Hills is heavily burdened and volunteers will help reduce this burden. Care volunteers will help in cleaning; playing with the kids or any other activity that may arise, volunteers in training or fully trained in this field will help assist the teachers in class and help boost their methodology, while medical volunteers can either work in the clinic or in the occupational therapy sessions.
Monica,25,Italian has been in Kenya for the last 2. Months doing some worthwhile work at Hope Children Ministry, previously having volunteered in the Projects Abroad Kenya Conservation project, Monica a school teacher back at home has always wanted to gain experience from working from a background different from home.
Hope, a small education and care centre in the slums of Ronda Nakuru, has over a hundred children all from poor and even abusive backgrounds."This reminds me why I always wanted to volunteer abroad, in a place where my help is most needed.It is important to help people as much as you can it goes both ways you improve their situation and it also grows your humanity. They also give me the freedom and space to introduce and share new ideas with the local care takers who are not trained to handle this situation. " Says Monica. Thus has led to Monica handling a whole class on her own an unlike her class in Italy at Hope the classes are overpopulated.
Despite the wanting situation Monica among other volunteers has been working hard to improving the the lives in the slums, "Projects Abroad has a good impact to the community sending volunteers in different projects all over Nakuru, volunteers come with great ideas on how to improve where they work and the lives of the people affected"adds Monica.
While not at work Monica takes her time off to travel around the country, " I am so happy to have travelled around because I had the chance to see some of the most beautiful landscapes and also get in touch with the Kenyan culture. Living with a host family has also taught me alot about the food and the Kenyan people." Says Monica
Working here has changed my outlook on life and also appreciate my job among other things back at home. I'm glad that Projects Abroad has been very helpful and supportive, future volunteers should not be worried about their stay, despite some situations being overwhelming you will be well. Taken care of.