The Africa Goal Project has been showcased by Social Innovations in Health Initiative, after reaching the final round of competition. The Initiative is an international collaboration between the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Cape Town, the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University and TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, hosted at the World Health Organization in Geneva. The Initiative aspires to grow the collective knowledge about social innovation in healthcare delivery in three ways: To identify high impact healthcare delivery solutions through a global nomination call To learn in depth about these solutions and to share this knowledge across contexts and boundaries To support the creators of these solutions to grow their work and to connect them with the necessary policy makers and funders. http://healthinnovationproject.org/africa-goal/
PrePex and Africa Goal cooperating for HIV Prevention A lively project creates awareness of HIV prevention and services across countries in Sub-Saharan Africa The 2014 World Cup ended last month and, after a very exciting set of games, we want to share with you a wonderful initiative that may just have happened right under your nose… While you were sitting at home (or perhaps at your local pub) watching the evening match, a group of international volunteers was touring six countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and screening a total of 21 games for public enjoyment, via satellite, in strategic urban and rural areas. These regions are known to have a high prevalence of HIV, with populations that are difficult to reach with traditional HIV outreach services. Please check out the prepex website to read the full article… http://prepex.illuminea-dev.com/?p=570
While finalising our preparations for the drive into Mozambique the next morning, our event in Chimoio the next evening and journey on to Swaziland, various team members received warnings and expressions of concern from different individuals regarding our planned route through Mozambique and on to Swaziland because of recent attacks on the main road we would be travelling. As these reports amassed at the makeshift headquarters – a cafe with internet – we began to research and found that indeed, a 100km stretch along the EN1, the main road between Chimoio and Vilanculos has been struck in the past few weeks by regular gun attacks. Cars travelling that road have to travel in convoy with military escort, the convoys have been one of the main targets of the attacks, and only one convoy travels per day. Faced with this limited but clearly worrying information, we quickly spoke to our partners…
Day 17 – Chinyama Village, Malawi (near Salima): Nail-biting Penalty Shootout Brings the Crowd to Their Feet
Name: Michael Holmes Age: 11 Place: Nr. Chipata, Zambia Just over the Zambian border, near Chipata, we stopped outside ‘The Gunners Pub’ to pick up some water and met Michael Holmes, 11. Michael was playing with his friends with a ball he had made from melted plastic and scraps of plastic bag, nicely coloured by the accumulation of red dust…He was happy to exchange his creation for a ball donated to Africa Goal by Select Denmark. As Michael and co. began another kickabout with their new Select ball, we wondered if one day a certain Mr. Wenger might one day pay a visit to ‘The Gunners Pub’ to scout for a new playmaker while enjoying a cold Mosi.
We found a small hoteli in Kyotera and, as we waited to find out whether they had space for us all, caught sight of a headline on the TV: ‘The World Cup and HIV’. Turning the volume up and crowding around the screen, we were hugely excited to see NBC Uganda’s report about Africa Goal in Kasekulo!
Name: Elias Kiplagat Age: 13 Location: Kerio Valley, on the way to Eldoret “I made this ball out of plastic bags found on the road – we play every afternoon when it is not as hot….this is amazing! I had a real ball last year but it got punctured after two days.”
Name: Joseph Omondi Age: 12 Location: Just outside Rongo town, Western Kenya Joseph was thrilled to trade his homemade football constructed from layered plastic bags for a One World Futbol ‘almost indestructible’ ball – after the trade, he ran to catch up with his friends to show off his new ball and have a quick kickabout before school started: “Me and my friends play football on the way to school – it is our hobby – class starts in 10 minutes”
Africa Goal is proud to be partnering with One World Futball during the 2014 Campaign. Throughout the campaign Africa Goal will be distributing the “world’s most durable ball” as part of Africa Goal’s Footballs Trading concept and as prizes during partner events. The One World Futball is a nearly indestructible ball that never needs a pump and never goes flat—even when punctured multiple times. Whether for use at the beach, on the street, at home or on the roughest landscapes in the world, the One World Fotball will last for years. As an organisation One World Futball’s mission is to bring the healing power of play to youth worldwide by making, selling and distributing nearly indestructible balls that survive the harshest environments. Collaborating with sponsors, organizations and individuals, One World Futball deliver balls to disadvantaged communities where play and sport are used to foster social change.Africa Goal looks forward to the excitement on so many people’s faces…
Do you know how to make a football? This one starts off as a condom!… Another (albeit unexpected) link between football and HIV and a great reason to distribute factory standard balls through Africa Goal’s trading footballs initiative. Every football that Africa Goal collects through the trading footballs initiative is unique, made from different materials and has it’s own story…
Club Brugge, one of Belgium’s top football clubs has donated club football kits and training wear, as well as club footballs to the project to be used as prizes during partner events. Founded in 1891, Club Brugge is one of the top clubs in Belgium with fans all over Belgium and the world. Thank you for your support!
The Africa Goal HIV information materials, developed with support from SAfAIDS, have proven immensely popular with our audiences. We have a difference ‘package’ of materials for adults and children. The packages contain HIV information booklets, posters and ‘Africa Wins Every Time You Prevent HIV’ pens. The adult packages also contain condoms. Thank you SAfAIDS for your ongoing support of Africa Goal.
One of the 2010 Africa Goal sponsors – SELECT Sports, the premium sports brand from Denmark, is once again donating high quality footballs towards the Africa Goal project. These footballs will be used as prizes during partner led events, as well supporting the trading footballs program. The Africa Goal team thanks SELECT for their continued Support of the Project. SELECT…since 1947 Light years back, before the era of modern football began, SELECT’s founder, Eigil Nielsen, wrote the first lines in the story of the lace-less ball and the development which has led to the ball sport’s universe we know today. SELECT has since revolutionized both the football and handball world with the 32 small panels that form the basis of the balls used for all football and handball tournaments all over the world today. And SELECT’s cooperation with a wide range of top clubs and leagues all over the world bears witness…
A very special thanks goes out to the Harare International School community who managed to raise over $3000 dollars to support the Africa Goal 2014 Project during their 24 Hour Run. During the 24 hours around 1000 participants took part managing to run 18,655 labs – adding up to a staggering 6529 km – approximately the same distance the Africa goal team will travel from Kenya to Swaziland as part of the 2014 campaign! Thank you HIS!
The Africa Goal project would not be possible without the generous support and donations of organisations, companies and individuals like you. Please visit our crowdsourcing campaign page in order to help us raise funds for the 2014 Africa Goal project, using Causevox and Stripe to process credit card donations simply and securely. All funds raised from the website go towards the purchase of necessary broadcasting equipment, HIV & AIDS awareness materials being developed in conjunction with our partners, travel costs as well as footballs for trading. Through our fundraising page you can see specific items we are fundraising for. To find out more details about the project as well as specific budget details please download the 2014 Africa Goal Project Proposal. Please follow the link to support Africa Goal – we are hugely grateful for any contribution that you can make.
March 10, 2014 – With less than 4 months left before the start of the 2014 World Cup, we are excited to announce the launch of the Africa Goal website. Keep checking news/events section of the website for updates, articles, news, photos and video clips during the lead up to the project and whilst we’re on the road! All campaign materials will also be available as downloads.
Impact and Lessons Learned On Sunday Nov 14th, Radial System V in Berlin was host to the world’s first TEDxYouth conference: TEDx is a programme which brings people with diverse backgrounds together under the motto ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’. TEDx conferences seek to create a forum for exchange, inspiration and networking through the inclusion of speakers, artists, and TED video talks. TEDx is an interdependently organised TED conference hosted under the license of TED. Link to Presentation Slides
June 24, 2010 — The World Cup may be the biggest story in Africa, but for many who live there, getting to see a game is not always easy. Charity organizations are giving some of the continent’s most remote communities the chance to watch games on a big screen — as long as they watch an HIV/ Aids awareness campaign video first. Al Jazeera’s Zeina Awad reports from a screening in Mtiba, a fishing village in Western Kenya where HIV infection rates are among the highest in the country.
Africa Goal Scores with Live World Cup Broadcasts and HIV Prevention Talks By Chael Needle – Managing Editor of A&U. It may be hard to understand if you live in the United States, but the FIFA World Cup is a sporting event so intense that fans’ vocal chords are probably happy that the month-long soccer tournament takes place only every four years. A group of dedicated advocates has tapped into the excitement around the World Cup, and soccer in general, and devised a nonprofit campaign to raise HIV prevention awareness in Southern Africa, a region with the highest prevalence of AIDS in the world. Africa Goal was born of friendship and collegiality when its creators, who knew each other from working and living in Kenya before scattering to other pursuits, reunited four years ago in London for a get-together. “Some of us were living in London at the time and others were…
Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace The United Nations considers sport to be a powerful tool to promote education, health, development, and peace. Sport unites people of all social classes, cultures, and religions in a positive and educational way.As the Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, it is with great pleasure that I offer my support to the Project, “Africa Goal 2010” for one year. The initiative is an extraordinary example of the application of sport as a tool for development and peace-building efforts. Harnessing the opportunity of the World Cup and building on the experience of the implementation of this project in 2006, the Africa Goal Project will combine screenings of the World Cup Football Games throughout the African continent with awareness raising campaigns about HIV and AIDS. In cooperation with local community based NGOs…