Fair Play: Football Against HIV/AIDS

South Africa, Stars of Tomorrow

Problem

In South Africa, over a million children and about 20 percent of adults are infected with HIV. Nowadays, mostly young people contract HIV. We have to provide education about prevention of HIV/AIDS from an early age.

Solution

Orphans and children in need get the chance to play football in training and education centres, where they receive education about HIV/AIDS in a playful way. They learn to develop self-confidence and take care of their wellbeing.

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News

"If you treat everybody the same then nobody is disabled "

The Stars of Tomorrow youth sport leader Litha Tyakiwe was chosen to participate in the inaugural Youth Development through Football (YDF) Disability Inclusion workshop. He progressed through the selection process and was one of the 12 lucky coaches who were invited to this workshop, hosted by Coaching for Hope and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) from Germany. Read on

​Healthy bodies, healthy minds

For Mr Litha Bhebheza (19), involvement in youth programmes has opened doors more than once. "I come from an area where tik (crystal methamphetamine) is a problem and where most of the parents drink. Things are tough. The only way to really make a difference is by leading through example." Read on: http://thehopeproject.co.za/hope/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=63 Read on

*Stars are shining in Stellenbosch

On the 04th November was the kick-off of a new football tournament series, for disadvantaged children in Stellenbosch, this November. This tournament was the first of four events of the Youth Sport Initiative developed by Stellenbosch University’s Sport Performance Institute (SUSPI) and *Stars of Tomorrow. Read on

Huge Kick It tournament in Soshanguve

Last weekend there was the first of eight hugh tournaments at Block X Sports Hub in Soshanguve. It is build up to find the best satellite of Kick It. More than 600 children between 8 and 17 played in the sporting codes of soccer for the boys and netball for the girls. The girls fighted not less hard than the boys and the crowd celebrated the teams loudly. Read on

100 pairs football shoes for World Aids Day

Thanks to the CPM Germany, *Stars of Tomorrow handed over 100 pairs football shoes to their Kick It project in Soshanguve. The children and the whole team in South Africa were extremely happy and started kicking like world champions. Read on

ground-breaking ceremony at Stellenbosch

With the after-school program already launched in January of this year, the official ground-breaking ceremony for the football fields at the “Afterschool Youth Centre” was held last week. Read on

Project Description

*Stars of Tomorrow uses football as a teaching tool to educate children in South Africa, whose families have been affected by HIV/AIDS, about issues such as the dangers of the virus as well as women’s rights. Participants gather at so-called ‘Satellites’, which are centrally-located football fields complete with training and educational equipment as well as classrooms.

Football as field work

Children love playing football and the children of South Africa are no exception. Here, football is a national sport. South Africa is also home to the largest number of people living with HIV. Infection rates are highest among those aged between 24 and 35 years old, an age group which plays a vital role in both family life and in contributing to the economic power of the country. Contraction of the virus can impoverish families, as can a family member’s death from AIDS. Children whose parents have died from AIDS are orphaned, a situation which befell 15 million children in 2011.

Many young people also live with the virus. In 2011, it was calculated that around 3 million children under 15 in South Africa are living with AIDS while 3.6 million people aged between 15 and 24 are infected with the virus, which accounts for 75 percent of all diagnosed cases worldwide. (Source: UNAIDS - The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, Report 2012)

Many children who have lost parents to AIDS often do not receive security or care from their extended families and they are also seldom in the position to care for themselves. Inadeqaute education and poor healthcare mean that many of these children’s futures are uncertain. Helping these children as well as other children in need of protection is the primary goal of *Stars of Tomorrow.

With the help of Kick It’s educational approach, which uses football as its drawcard, the trainers work with children, teaching them about HIV and AIDS. The children learn self-confidence and are able to pass this strength on to others. The program is run multiple times a week at ten Satellites in and around Soshanguve, with more than 1,000 children aged between 6 and 16 years old taking part. The team also coordinates a large, 200-participant football tournament alongside its preventative education classes.

The project enhances children's knowledge and provides meaningful pathways towards societal integration, allowing the children to take control of their lives and avoid further infection.

Kick It is a comprehensive pilot project that *Stars of Tomorrow runs in collaboration with CARE Germany-Luxembourg e.V.

*Stars of Tomorrow

*Stars of Tomorrow focusses on providing assistance to orphans and children in need who have been affected by the HIV/AIDS crisis. Currently, the organisation focusses its efforts on South Africa, which has the highest incidence of HIV/AIDS infection worldwide.

The initiator and CEO of the project is Kai Hill, Managing Director of Berlin marketing agency starcompany* and starcompany healthcare+.

*Stars of Tomorrow e.V.
Schönhauser Allee 10-11
10119 Berlin Mitte / Germany
Web: stars-of-tomorrow.org

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