Arusha has a large number of children who are orphaned, or have run away from home and are living on the street. The street children’s centre offers a refuge for them and the volunteers help with the provision of the activities there.
With the help and support of volunteers, this programme is able to bring sports and games to vulnerable children, or from disadvantaged backgrounds. Due to its popularity in Tanzania and across Africa football is currently the main sport that is being coached to both boys and girls. However, other sports are encouraged and we hope to develop these over time with the involvement of future volunteers.
A long-term aim of the project is to identify and nurture young talent and provide these children an opportunity to develop their skills and possibly be selected for scholarships to train or play at a professional level. However, it is the more short-term benefits for all of the children who are actively involved in sport that are the main motivation for the programme. The project was initially focused on providing support, care, basic education and sports coaching to boys at a street kids’ centre in Arusha.
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