Football is the main grass root sport in the slums of Kitintale and Naguru, It is also such a strong uniting factor loved by both the young and old, that YSU has chosen to use it as a tool to pass on our different community development messages. So far we are using it for two programs; Football for WASH and Girls’ football.
Football for WASH
In our Football for 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 4 YSU WASH clubs in schools around Kitintale and Naguru slums and has appointed teachers as Patrons of these clubs. The 4 WASH clubs (over 1,000 children) carryout bi-weekly football and hygiene activities to further spread the WASH messages to approximately 500 family members. As you may know, the slums are characterized by shortages in clean drinking water, few clean water sources, poor hygiene, poor garbage disposal and a lack of toilets/ pit latrines. YSU therefore is harnessing the communities’ love for football to spread the WASH messages through role models and we believe we can bring positive change to the slums. We have adopted the WASH model from WatotoWasoka and are already seeing impact in the children and schools that are participating in the program.
Women’s football is still frowned up in most communities in Uganda and there are only 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 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 have 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 in 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, a nation trained