African Partners

Mathare Youth Sport Association Kenya

The Mathare Youth Sport Association (MYSA) started in 1987 in the Mathare area, one of the Africa's largest and poorest slums located just a few kilometers from the central business disctrict of Kenya's capital, Mairobi.From an initially small self-help youth sport project, MYSA rapidly became a community development project using sport as a starting point. From 1988, MYSA pioneered the linking of sports with slum garbage and environmental cleanups, AIDS prevention, tackling drugs abuse and alcoholism, using music, drama and dance to highlight key social problems, feeding and freeing jailed kids, providing leadership training with awards to help young leaders stay in school and other community development programmes. Today over 20,000 youth on over 1,600 teams participate in the MYSA programmes.  Another 10,000 youth from eight countries participate in the MYSA initiated project in the Kakuma refugee camp in the northwest Kenya. MYSA leaders are also helping implement projects in Botswana, southern Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. The most distinctive feature of MYSA and the main reason for its success is that it's organised and run by the youth themselves. The average age of the several hundred MYSA volunteer coaches, referees, organisers and elected officials is 15-16 years.

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Search and Groom

Search and Groom, a symbol of Nigerian youth, sport and peace development, started in 2003 as a project meant to organise its own programmes with the background knowledge of exploiting sports' vast acceptance as a means of social campaign, harmony and community regeneration. It seeks to provide capacity building progarmmes, training, rehabiltation, employment, sports and recreation opportunities for the youth, homeless and displaced people, rehabilitated and other vulnerable persons. We believe access to and participation in sports is a human rights and an ideal learning ground for life's essential skills. We acknowledge the possibilities and values sport offers. Search and Groom, as a non-governmental and non-partisan organisation, is committed to indigentpeople's development and rehabilitation. It has a mandate to defend, protect and promote universally recognised human rights in Nigeria, in accordance with international human rights standards. These objectives are pursued through research and publications, campaigns, human rights education and self-empowerment projects.

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SOS Children's Villages Ghana

The SOS Children's Villages Ghana, is an independent, non-governmental and social development organisation active in the field of children's needs and was established since 1974 with currently four villages operating in Tema, Asiakwa, Kumasi and Tamale. There are over 500 children in these villages and over 2000 pupils in the supporting educational facilities. In 2005, SOS Children's Villages launched the Family Strengthening Programme. This programme is aimed at prevention of child abandonment and is currently operation in 12 communities in 3 of the 10 regions in Ghana. In 2007 and 2008 SOS Ghana organised a "Football for Peace and Development" festival for over 750 young people from 6 African countries including Ghana. The successful project was organised to coincide with the African Cup of Nations. It was our own version of the African Cup and was used to expose the children to different cultures, development and social issue like peace, violence, health and interculturality. The festival demonstrated how football can be used to promote and create awareness on the issues confronting children and the youth on the continent and attempting strategies to address them. There is currently a cooperation going on with the Feyenoord football academy in the northern region of Ghana.

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South African football players union (SAFPU)

SAFPU is an affiliate of the trade union federation in South Africa Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). The trade union represents professional football players in South Africa. It is a member of the International Players' union FIFPro based in the Netherlands. Currently SAFPU has a membership of nearly 600. In the past decade several South African Football players have died from AIDS-related illnesses. Football clubs have given little official acknowledgement or guidance on the issue. Against this backdrop SAFPU has started HIV awareness campaign and has run a peer-group advice programme. Since football is the most popular sport among black South Africans, SAFPU have used the appeal of professional football to convey key social messages.

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Ligue Sportive pour la Promotion et la defence des droits de l'Homme (LISPED)

Formed in 1999, the objective of LISPED is to enhance and protect human rights in sports and to promote understanding among ethnic groups and peoples, social tolerance and the issue of war, peace and violence.  We use sport as a multiracial integration tool and attempt to shape the national as well international opinion about sports values notably fair play, tolerance, non violence and anti racism. The mission is also to mobilise women and girls on gender equity and empowerment of women and girls. In January 2008 during the African cup of nations in Ghana, we participated in the SOS Ghana led programme under the theme Sports for Peace and Social Development.  An African network of sports for peace was established during this programme bringing together organisations and individuals from Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, United Kingdom, Austria, Algeria, Madagascar and Tunisia.

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  • VIDC
  • FairPlay
  • name it. positive media
  • MYSA Sports and Community Service
  • SAFPU South African Football Players Union
  • UISP Unione Italiana Sport per Tutti
  • Search & Groom
  • SOS Childrens Villages
  • INEX Association for Voluntary Activities
  • Mahatma Gandhi Human Rights Organisation
  • LISPED Ligue Sportive pour la Promotion et la Defense des Droits de l'Homme
  • European Union