Football For Development
Football for Development
Football is the main grassroot sport in the slums of Kitintale and Naguru. It is also such a strong uniting factor loved by both the young and old which YSU has chosen to use as a tool to pass on our different community development messages. We are using it for two programs; Football 4 WASH and Girls’ Football.
Football For WASH
In our Football 4 WASH program, we use the power of football to influence behavior in the field of water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH) among school going boys and girls. YSU has formed WASH clubs in schools around Kitintale and Naguru slums and teachers are appointed as Patrons of these clubs. These WASH clubs carryout bi-weekly football and hygiene activities to spread the WASH messages. Slums are characterized by shortages in clean water, poor hygiene, poor garbage disposal and lack of toilets/ pit latrines. YSU therefore is harnessing the communities’ love for football to spread the WASH messages and we believe we can bring positive change to the slums.
Women’s football is still frowned up in most communities in Uganda and there are a few football clubs that embrace females, yet the sport is so powerful that it can be used to sensitize the communities about gender equality, women involvement and impact and also boost the girl child’s self-esteem. YSU having realized that, decided to use it as a tool to empower the girls in the slums. Most of these girls had dropped out of school due to a lack of funds, early marriages or teenage pregnancies. We therefore formed a girls’ team and each of the girls on the team is given an extra skill in either hairdressing or tailoring. These same girls go out as coaches to help empower other girls through football. These are the mothers of the future and as they say, a woman trained, is a nation trained.