Streetwise already has a sizeable membership among the street people of Harare and has been involved in many outreach programmes tailored to get them from the streets and into ordinary, law-abiding citizens. The Street Soccer Fever will give meaning to the lives of many street people and allow them to participate in activities that are not only socially beneficial, but will assist in their well being.
The Street Soccer Fever is an opportunity not the let the 2010 World Cup in Africa pass unnoticed, and with no benefits at all, to street people in Zimbabwe. It will make street people bond among themselves and allow them address their own health through a popular participatory sport such as soccer.
What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.
The first year would be launch the street football teams, which will be formed by the bounderies where different street people congrigate; and introduce them to soccer through training workshops and practise matches. The next stage would be to form a league for the different street people, and different ages and gender and provide them with soccer kits. The second year would involve taking the initiative to other parts of Zimbabwe and finally, in the third year, having a national street people soccer league in Zimbabwe.
What would prevent your project from being a success?
The main issue that would stop this project being a success would be lack of finance. The next challenge would be to keep street people, who are normaly very restless people, stay tuned to the idea and participate every week. They would be need for incentives for the street people to continue participating in the league.