Street Soccer Fever

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Street Soccer Fever

Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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

To establish a soccer league for street people initially in the Zimbabwean capital city, Harare, and then take to the rest of the country.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

This project will address loitering, petty crime, poor health and idleness common among many street people.

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

As the world cup fever hits the rest of Africa, many of the street people in Zimbabwe will be left out of the fun associated with the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. This idea will give street people the opportunity to form their own soccer clubs, which will participate every week in games among themselves.
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 will take street people from the streets every week and allow them to develop their soccer skills, as well as social skills. It will allow street people, who normally do not have the opportunity to improve their health, through sport, and also to help in their development. Streetwise has managed to impart life skills in many street people in Harare.
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4 Weale Road, Milton Park, Harare.

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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.

How many people will your project serve annually?


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?


What stage is your project in?

Idea phase

In what country?

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Is your initiative connected to an established organization?


If yes, provide organization name.


How long has this organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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


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


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


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


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

For the idea to become successful, business should have a buy-in. Once the teams have been formed, initiatives would be made to have businesses, such as fast food outlets where many street people hang out, to get involved. Government would also be approached, and since StreetWise is registered as a welfare orginisation, efforts would also be made to get government involved.

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

StreetWise would need an operating budget to launch the Street Soccer Fever League; there would be a need for professional or amateur soccer trainers and a co-ordinator for the programme; and there is need for involvement of the corporate sector for sustainability.

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

It just struck me that the 2010 World Cup in neighbouring South Africa was going to pass largely unnoticed by some unfortunate Zimbabweans, especially street people. I therefore thought what better idea would be to commemorate 2010 than to establish the first street soccer league in Zimbabwe.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

I, David Masunda, am a human rights defender and trustee of StreetWise. Besides StreetWise, I helped launch Radio Voice of the People, one of only three shortwave stations broadcasting into Zimbabwe because private radio stations are banned.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Through another organization or company

If through another, please provide the name of the organization or company

A website called Kubatana which I subscribe to which carried a story on Changemakers.