Our YES! Programme consists of the following three elements:
Sport for Development Plans: we facilitate the design and support the implementation of a 2 -year development plan with participating organisations which includes training and financial support so that their leaders they have the skills, knowledge and resources to grow and sustain their work.
Projects: we collaborate with the participating organisations to develop proposals, secure funding and implement new sport for development projects. There are currently 2 projects, a sport & sexual health project funded by the Scottish Government and a boxing project for street youths funded by the Danish foundation Ragnhild Bruuns Fond.
Networking: we bring the leaders of the participating organisations together to collaborate and share good practice.
Our Participant Organisations
The following organisations are currently participating in our YES! Programme in Arusha:
Umoja Tanzania provides education and welfare support to the most vulnerable children and young people in Arusha, empowering them to develop the knowledge and skills needed to create positive change for themselves and the wider community. Sport is an important element of the curriculum and include includes a weekly sports session, peer leadership training and community outreach activities. It currently supports 22 male and 20 female students aged between 14 and 18 years.
Arusha Rugby Development Programme (ARDP) aims to promote rugby as a skilful and valuable sport amongst the most disadvantaged youths of Arusha, using the sportsmanship of the game as a vehicle to encourage healthy lifestyles and supportive, positive and respectful relationships within the community. Through high calibre rugby coaching, ARDP currently facilitates practical and theoretical sports education to 380 males and 310 females aged between 5 and 19 years.
Future Stars Academy (FSA) is a non-profit organisation teaching life skills such as fair play, teamwork, competition and personal development through football training to disadvantaged boys and girls in Arusha. FSA builds the resilience, responsibility and leadership potential of these young people and offers them a chance to live their dreams as footballers, and insisting that there is no football without education - ‘no school, no play!’ There are currently 126 young people aged between 7 and 19 years participating in their activities.
SOVOI is a small, community-based organisation that provides a daily after-school sports activities programme for young people living in a small community on the outskirts of Arusha. Activities are delivered by volunteer sports teachers and include football, netball, volleyball, rugby and athletics. There are currently 90 males and 50 females aged between 11 and 16 years participating in the programme.
The community of Esso is located a mile outside of Arusha in northern Tanzania. It is a unique vibrant community consisting of 70,000 people who must endure the harsh living conditions. This Parish is overseen by the Pallottines, a Roman Catholic Community, who attempt to address the negative social ramifications prevalent in the community such as HIV/ Aids, drug use or disability.
Within the Parish ground a complex for the service of the community has been created which includes a Resource Centre, Sport and Conference Centre, Health Clinic and Kindergarten school in addition to the parish church. One of the several committees operating out of this complex is the Sports Committee which oversees the running of programmes for the following sports: basketball, netball, volleyball, soccer and rugby, that take place in the evening and during weekends
Arusha Boxing Club
Arusha Boxing Club is committed to promote boxing within the Arusha area and is based at Sheikh Amri Abeid Memorial Stadium. It aims to increase participation amongst young people from the most disadvantaged areas of Arusha with a view to developing their leadership and life skills as well as their talent. The boxing project provides regular weekly sessions for around 50 young people living on the streets of Aruhsa.