KICKING HIV/AIDS OUT WITH FOOTBALL. Supporting Football for Girls as a means of combating HIV/AIDS in Bamenda.

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KICKING HIV/AIDS OUT WITH FOOTBALL. Supporting Football for Girls as a means of combating HIV/AIDS in Bamenda.

Cameroon
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The idea of this project is to organize football tournaments to empower girls to prevent HIV/AIDS by providing the skills to lead healthy lives. Encourage active participation and creates safe (team based) environment in which feelings, beliefs and ideas about HIV/AIDS are shared. The project will be deliver primarily as an after school program in schools and community centers.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The overall prevalence of HIV in Cameroon for all people nationwide is about 5% (Ministry of Public Health 2008). Girls aged 15-19 have a prevalence of 3.5%, girls aged 20-24 have a prevalence of 8.7% and girls aged 25-29 have a prevalence of 12%. 15-19 girls are seven times more likely to be infected with HIV/AIDS than boys of the same age-group, while the ratio drops to three times for youth in the age range of 20-24. 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 her self, economically or socially. Finally, should she be orphaned by HIV/AIDS, she is more likely to turn to “survival sex” i.e., trading sex for food, shelter and even education – to fend for herself. Talking about such difficult topics as HIV/AIDS and sex with youth requires appropriate and attractive entry points. A key strategy is to help build up the capacity of girls to make them an interesting and engaging focus of a low HIV risk lifestyle using sports, particularly football, as a key element.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Football provides a unique opportunity to raise awareness among young girls and the community at large. During training, coaches will lead discussions about HIV/AIDS. During tournaments, banners, the opening/concluding remarks and half-time shows can all be used to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS among the public. Football can also improve the life skills of girls. It gives them a chance to be leaders, to improve their confidence and to increase their self-awareness. It strengthens their capacities in terms of decision-making, critical thinking, and negotiating their way out of difficult situations. Moreover, by providing them with space to bond with their female peers, it helps them develop teamwork skills, thereby coping better with their own emotions and resisting pressure from men. Sport also has additional benefits. 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, tobacco, 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. Thus, sport is both a means to achieve many of CADFIN’s core objectives, as well as an end in itself in ensuring every child’s right to play. And in a context where girls and women face heavy burdens in terms of household chores, sport also provides them with a rare opportunity to have fun.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

This project is still at the idea phase. It expected that; - Girls and women playing football will be empowered to make informed decisions about their sexual activity and other important choices about their lives. - Awareness is raised about HIV/AIDS in communities. - An active football association in Bamenda for both in-school and out-of-school girls, as well as women in community-based organizations and women lead Common Initiative Groups will play football during regular training, at league matches and in tournaments - Build the capacity of girls, out-of-school youth, and women to organize tournaments, referee matches and coach teams. - Build the capacity of girls, out-of-school youth, and women to act as peer educators on life skills and HIV/AIDS. - Establish active youth clubs that promote HIV-free status through community theatre, etc. - Support to girls friendly centers
About You
Organization:
Child Aid Development Foundation International (CADFIN)
Section 1: About You
First Name

Joanes

Last Name

Jang

Website
Organization

Child Aid Development Foundation International (CADFIN)

Country

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Section 2: About Your Organization
Organization Name

Child Aid Development Foundation International (CADFIN)

Organization Phone

+23774726007

Organization Address

P.O Box 36 Santa , Bamenda

Organization Country

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Your idea
Country your work focuses on

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Website URL
Innovation
Do you have a patent for this idea?

Yes

Impact
Actions

The initiative will take place in Bamenda town. Collaboration will include MP for the constituency, Minister for Gender, Sports, Culture and Social Services, and other stakeholders.
The structural component of the project covers the sports-related activities: the establishment of the league; playing friendly matches with sister teams in other areas where girls’ football has been underway already; training youth referees; and conducting a year-end district-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. Other actions will include finding volunteer to support the event from Women lead Common Initiative Groups

Results

1.Outcomes
- Girls and women playing football are empowered to make informed decisions about their sexual activity and other important choices about their lives.
- Awareness raised about HIV/AIDS in communities throughout the township

2.Outputs
- An active football association in Bamenda for both in-school and out-of-school girls, as well as women in community-based organizations and women lead Common Initiative Groups whereby they play football during regular training, at league matches and in tournaments
- Capacity of girls, out-of-school youth, and women built to organize tournaments, referee matches and coach teams.
- Capacity of girls, out-of-school youth, and women built to act as peer educators on life skills and HIV/AIDS.
- Active youth clubs that promote HIV-free status through community theatre, etc.

What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.

Year 1.
Referees (training of youth referees, refereeing matches and tournament)
District-wide tournament (publicity,)
Friendly matches with sister teams in other districts/areas

Year 2
Training of trainers on HIV/AIDS and life-skills
Training of coaches on HIV/AIDS and life-skills
Training of youth trainers on HIV/AIDS and life-skills
Training of peers on HIV/AIDS and life-skills
Support to youth clubs on theatre productions etc

Year 3
Basic equipment for players (t-shirts, footballs, cones, whistles)
Trophies and prizes for year-end tournament
Materials and other life-skill publications/ materials
TV/VCRs, radios, books etc, for youth clubs

All 3 years
Monitoring of activities
Meetings with head teachers, teachers and coaches
“Go Girls!” meetings to bring peer groups together for planning/ networking

What would prevent your project from being a success?

The project will be implemented in close corporation with the District Sports Officer and in conjunction with the Regional AIDS Control Committee, the District Education Officer, and the District Children Officer and regional Delegations of Gender, sport and Social Welfare. The District Sports Officer will take the lead in terms of operationalizing the league – i.e. meeting with the communities to ensure their participation; following up with the girls to monitor their progress; and working with the referees and coaches to organize games and tournaments. The other district officers will facilitate the life skills component of the project. Of course, all these activities would also be done in partnership with CADFIN Project Officers.

With the involvement of all the above stakeholders we see no potential risk that will prevent the success of the project.

How many people will your project serve annually?

101‐1000

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

Less than $50

Does your project seek to have an impact on public policy?

Yes

Sustainability
What stage is your project in?

Idea phase

In what country?

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Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

Yes

If yes, provide organization name.

Global Welfare Association

How long has this organization been operating?

More than 5 years

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government?

Yes

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

The project will be implemented in partnership with the District Sports Officer and in conjunction with the Regional AIDS Control Committee, the District Education Officer, and the District Children Officer and regional Delegations of Gender, Sport and Social Welfare. The District Sports Officer will take the lead in terms of operationalizing the league – i.e. meeting with the communities to ensure their participation; following up with the girls to monitor their progress; and working with the referees and coaches to organize games and tournaments. The Delegation of sport and Social Welfare officers will facilitate the life skills component of the project. Of course, all these activities would also be done in partnership with CADFIN Project Officers.

There will also be partnership with Girls and women Common Initiative Groups in the region to mobilize them to be volunteers for the project.

Such a partnership is to ensure sustainability of the project.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization?

1. Partner with the Regional Aids Control Committee and other Non Governmental Organizations that are involve in HIV/AIDS projects and already established football clubs in the region.
2. Partner with Girls and Women Common Initiative Groups and mobilized them as volunteers for the project.
3. Continues partnership with national and international funding organization to scale up the project nation wide.

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

Cameroon is a football loving country and is one of the best teams in the African Continent, second after Egypt and 20th position in the world according to April 1st 2010 FIFA ranking. Football is one of the biggest crowd pulling events in Cameroon. The crowd grows bigger when it involves girls or women since it also fun seeing girls and women playing football. Experience also shows that more girls and women will like to watch football tournaments play by their peers. So female football tournaments can be use as a means to mobilized community members and spread information about HIV/AIDS.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

Joanes Jang has work as project coordinator and program officer in South Africa, Malawi and Cameroon. During my volunteer period in South Africa, I was also responsible for organizing events such as social gatherings with the communities, talk shows, open days, drama and singing competitions. Such events where used to mobilized the community during Voluntary Counseling and Testing for HIV/AIDS.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Newsletter from Changemakers

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