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VOL 87

Inside this Edition:
  1. Secretariat News
  2. Member News
  3. Featured Member
  4. Opportunities
SSCN Registration Details:
Company Name – Sport for Social Change Network (SSCN) Southern Africa NPC
Company number – 2012/159379/08
Registered date – 03/09/2012


 

FUN IN OUR INNER-CITY COURTS #inourfestivals

The children of the inner city were filled with joy as they got to be active and let loose as they got an opportunity to socialise and create new friends at the first 2021 #INOURFESTIVALS hosted by the Sports for Social Change Network (SSCN) in partnership with its 4 members that work in and around the city of Johannesburg. The INOURFESTIVALS is an extension of the INOURCOURTS program that is run in 9 Parks in the Inner-City of Johannesburg on a weekly basis.

On the 17 April, the crisp innocent laughs and voices echoed in around Donald Mackay otherwise known as Berea Park. The festival offers the children in the community a chance to partake in a different ritual on a Saturday morning, as there are not many healthy alternative programs around the city. The festival also encourages the children in the surrounding areas to actively participate in enhancing their good health and well-being, strengthening of social cohesion amongst community member in and around the parks, reduction of crime and prevention of substance abuse and idling of children in the streets.
The festival takes place once a month at one of our 9 parks where children are given a safe platform and space to be active. The members that are involved in the program are: Fight with Insight; George Boxing; Inner City Ambassadors and Skateistan.

Their incontrollable excitement was evident in their body language. The programme started with a fun run with the kids around the inner city as a warmup. The fun run is also used as a tool that creates awareness on the importance how being active can take the children away from being involved in substance abuse and any criminal activity. After the fun run followed by an aerobics session where it provided them an opportunity to dance and have fun. Inclusive of the weekly program was five sporting activities which were futsal, boxing, skateboarding, Basketball, and netball, conducted both by the SSCN and our partnered members.

“All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them”
 

MEMBER NEWS

Ikagen Itireleng AIDS Ministry celebrates two decades

Ikageng Itireleng” means “help them help themselves” in Sotho; and that is exactly what Ikageng Itireleng AIDS Ministry is doing for more than 1,000 orphaned and vulnerable children. Ikageng Itireleng AIDS Ministry hosted their annual general meeting and reflected on their journey leading to their successful stories they have experienced over their two decades.

One of the beneficiaries who has been a part of the family for 7 years Miss Noluthando Dlamini share her testimony. She was signed by her grandmother after her mother lost her job while she was in grade 9. Ikageng assisted her by paying her transportation to school and thanks to Ikageng she is now a Psychology cum-laude student graduate from The South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP). She also dedicated a poem to Ikageng titled Ikageng my Haven and sang a song titled Ekusani.

In closing there was a special message by Dr Thulani Mahlangu who was one of the key persons to assist Ms. Carol (the founder of the organization) from the beginning.
 Ikakgeng is looking forward into growing and contributing and impacting more beneficiaries as during the difficult times of the pandemic is where most beneficiaries need them most, watering the future leaders one child at a time.
 

Borussia Commondale : Dispensing of masks and Disinfectants to their beneficiaries

The Inner-City Ambassadors (ICA) roll - out of the Deprived Aid Programme (DAP) to rural areas

 In the word of James Baldwin “Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor” The Inner-City Ambassadors took it upon themselves to contribute into cutting the expense of poverty. On 17 to 18 April 2021, the ICA held another successful food drive to alleviate hunger in the village of Magatle, Limpopo Province. This exercise was preceded by a brief Official Ceremony at which the Deprived Aid Program (DAP) was presented, at Mothanyelo Entertainment Centre, Magatle Village. A total number of 360 food relief parcels and hygiene products were distributed to poor and vulnerable households including child headed families and the elderly/ pensioners from Magatle village and surrounding areas. Furthermore, teams from targeted communities were also provided with sponsored sport equipment which included balls, soccer nets and First Aid kits.

The DAP is a broad collection of interventions aimed at mitigating the impact of Covid-19 pandemic in our communities, as well as inequality, poverty and unemployment. Eventually, the ICA has over a period of a year since the start of lock down in March to date, been able to distribute 5606 food hampers to vulnerable communities in and around the cities of Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg, Tshwane and Magatle, in Limpopo. ICA’s goal is to provide food parcels to twenty thousand (20000) impoverished families and children in both the Gauteng and Limpopo Provinces by the end of December 2021.
 



MAVU Sport development: Changing the narrative through the Alex Girls Football Development

MAVU sports development wanted to be involved in the community and limited resources was not an excuse for them to ploughing back home. The Alex Girls Football Program was initially established in 2019 and due to the pandemic was put on hold for the 2020 year and fortunately through funding from Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, MAVU Sport development was able to conduct their 3-day football clinic. Activities targeted girls aged 12 – 17 Activities included Football clinics and life skills sessions

This programme was aimed to ensure that the narrative of the game of football changes and that young girls move into the idea that football can and is normal to every girl involved. Simphiwe who graced the program expressed her joy: “I am extremely happy today to see that these girls, who are a reflection of my younger self, will have an opportunity to be taught the game of football, without the hardships I had to go through”.

The program was made possible and a success through the partners that worked together: Mavu Sport Development, The Simphiwe Dludlu Foundation, Afrikka Tikkun, Alexandra North Rand Local Football Association, Blue Birds Football Academy, and Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation.
 

FEATURED MEMBER

Inkwenkwezi Youth Development: Using sport to forward peace in conflicting communities

 
In the famous words of Nelson Mandela “Sport has the power to change the world, It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair…” For over two decades now, the Prudhoe and AmaZizi communities in Eastern Cape have been at war over land ownership. Following countless appeals leading up to the Constitutional Court, the Prudhoe community was awarded the land in mid-2020. One consequence of the infighting has been that the football activities earmarked for the Prudhoe community were halted, since the football facilities are in the AmaZizi community. During the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) 2021, Inkwenkwezi Youth Development organized games and sports between the youth of conflicting communities by bringing together the children of both the affected communities, through the medium of sport and established the Ukhuselo Lwa-Bantwana Edu-Sport Safe Hub.

The first half of the day was dedicated to sporting and recreational activities, centered around the goals of peace and development. Young people from both communities participated in various sports and games organized by our game changer champions. The second half of the day was designed to allow members of both communities to air their concerns and views, and to ask the children and youth their opinions on how a peaceful future can be achieved. This was facilitated by our director, Zani Dayimani, and was based on conceptualizing a safe hub where the identified problems can be resolved. 
 
Building a safe hub: Ukhuselo Lwa-Bantwana Edu-Sport Safe Hub“Ukhuselo Lwa-Bantwana” is a Xhosa word meaning child protection or safeguarding. The Hub aims to base interventions on common challenges that hinder children and youth. The Hub is targeted at children and youth between the ages of 1 and 25 years. They hope to focus enrolment on women and girls, targeting 60% of the Hub’s children and youth to be girls and 40% to be boys. They also aim to include both able and disabled youth in our program, which are set in a rural context. Therefore, the Safe Hub will focus on skills development, sport and development and job creation, while having entrepreneurship components. It will have quality after-school program for all groups and will particularly focus on providing quality early childhood development in a safe and enabling environment. Through this Safe Hub, they hope that the youth will have improved academic results, be more physically active, and lead sustainable lives where they do not indulge in risky behaviours, make better life choices. Youth can then lead positive and healthy lifestyles, where they are empowered and active, and participate in the socio-economic development of both themselves and of others trapped in similar situations.


 
 

OPPORTUNITIES

 

 Atlas Corps Fellowship 2021 for Social Change Leaders
Deadline: 16th May 2021

Summary: Applications are open for the Atlas Corps Fellowship 2021. The Atlas Corps Fellowship is a 12–18-month Fellowship in the United States for the world’s top social change leaders. Fellows serve full-time at Host Organizations to develop leadership skills and learn effective practices through the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab professional development series and networking opportunities with other Fellows.

Details: The Fellowship allows participants to engage in group cultural activities like a D.C. Monuments Tour, sporting events, U.S. holiday celebrations, and more. Through this Fellowship, Atlas Corps seeks to advance the U.S. State Department Education and Cultural Exchange Bureau’s Mission: To promote mutual understanding through people-to-people exchanges and to further U.S. foreign policy objectives by engaging international exchange visitors and American communities in a diversity of positive, safe, and enriching educational, cultural, and professional exchange programs.

Benefits:

  • Atlas Corps sponsors the J-1 Trainee visa and covers most visa expenses.
  • Atlas Corps also provides each Fellow with a living stipend to cover basic expenses (food, local transportation, and shared housing), a monthly phone plan, emergency health and travel insurance, and round-trip international airfare.
Eligibility:
  • Citizens of EVERY country (except the U.S.) are eligible to apply to all Atlas Corps’ programs.
  • All applicants must be aged 22-35 and must have 2-10 years of relevant experience in the non-profit/social sector.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • English proficiency.
  • Commitment to return to your home country after the fellowship.
While they seek candidates from a wide variety of specialties, they are prioritizing applicants with two or more years of full-time experience in at least one of the following skill areas:
  • Communications and Marketing.
  • Business Development and Partnership Building.
  • Monitoring & Evaluation, and
  • Technology and Engineering.

Application:
You need to submit only one application to be considered for all Atlas Corps professional development programs. Please indicate on your application whether you are interested in the Fellowship, Virtual Leadership Institute, or both.
For more information visit: https://atlascorps.org/

 

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