Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
One of Kick 4 Life’s activities is the ‘Risk Field’. This is played with 4 cones along a line and signs reading ‘peer pressure’, ‘alcohol’, ‘many partners’ scattered between the cones. Each member of a team kicks the ball through the cones and if they hit a sign, they must do 2 push-ups as a consequence of that behavior.
During the second round, it is not only the individual who has to pay for the risky behavior, but all the team (representing family and community) suffers the consequences. In the third round the whole group is penalized, representing the consequences of an individual’s behavior on the whole society. The message to protect oneself, and thereby protect the family, community and society, is powerfully reinforced.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
We can reach 420 children with this project that will:
1.Build the capacity of Retrak to use games-based learning and the language and power of soccer as tools to educate youth about HIV;
2.Improve children’s health, education and development;
3.Provide children with a lesson that lasts a lifetime and saves lives, one that can be shared through peer learning with friends, family, and their future children;
4.Provide Voluntary Counseling and Testing to 420 children;
5.Help combat the HIV pandemic in Uganda by preventing new infections;
6.Provide children with a secure environment where they can forget the struggle of street life, play and learn, gain confidence, realize their potential, and begin building a future;
7.Allow Retrak to develop new ideas and working methods, via feedback from children, to better understand their needs and help other street children more effectively.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
Retrak aims to spread the Kick 4 Life Program throughout its projects. In 2011 we replicated Kick 4 Life at Retrak Uganda, and in 2013 we trained three organizations in Ethiopia. We want to continue to offer Kick 4 Life to the children in these countries, as new children visit our centers and our programs on a regular basis. These children then carry this knowledge back with them to their homes and communities and the message is spread further. We aim to offer Kick 4 Life in all five of the countries that we work in (Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi and Kenya) in the next three years.