Iringa Football for Hope Centre

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About the Campaign

“20 Centres for 2010” is the Official Campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. Its aim is to raise funds to create twenty Football for Hope Centres for public health, education and football across Africa. The centres will address local social challenges in disadvantaged areas and improve education and health services for young people.Read more about The Football for Hope Campaign here: Football For Hope

The Center.

The main goal of this project is to create a place for the community of Iringa where youth will be able to develop their skills by practicing sports and access to health orientation.

Forms the hub of social activity – The site is located 3.5 KM away from Iringa town center, and is surrounded by low income houses where not everyone can access basic services, no other sports community facilities around and children of all ages don’t have access to education.

Key words: Health, Social Change, Hope, Happiness, Knowledge, Education, Conviction, Entrepreneurship, Information.

About IDYDC, the center host

Is a local non-governmental organization, founded in 1991, operating in all seven districts of Iringa region, which are: Iringa Urban, Iringa Rural, Kilolo, Ludewa, Makete, Mufindi and Njombe with its headquarter in Iringa Municipality.

Its main focus is children in need, school drop-outs and child laborers, with the aim of giving them a brighter future by enhancing the children’s possibilities of education.

IDYDC OVC program was the first program to be introduced. The program has already assisted more than 20,000 children since its establishment in 1994 through different projects and activities undertaken. Most of them are currently depend on themselves and help their parents while other hundreds of children are still at our center.

IDYDC has four Vocational Training centers in four Iringa’s district including Furaha [Ludewa], Shukrani [Makete], IDYDC [Kilolo] and Upendo[Iringa Urban].

Children and youth are supported with Vocation Training education and Health Education on HIV/AIDS, Drug and Substance Abuse. Health program [EDU Sport] is responsible with the health education provided by IDYDC. After completion of their studies, OVC in collaboration with VTC office has the responsibility of linking them to Micro-finance institutions including IDYDC MFI Program.

IDYDC Mission
IDYDC wants to see health, economically and socially develop society where human rights are respected.

IDYDC Vision
IDYDC exist to improve the living standard of disadvantaged youth in Iringa region through training planned programs.

IDYDC – Centre Objectives
To Provide HIV/AIDS information to youth by using Zinduka curriculum.To provide Alcohol and drug abuse harm knowledge to youth.To address the poverty issue by providing youth with entrepreneur skills.To create employment opportunities to youth by improving their football skills
To train master coaches as peer educators
Income Generation
To create an opportunity for networking among youth club from other NGO’s and local government
To engage community on gender based knowledge and social change in culture and traditional attitudes

IDYDC – Centre Activities
Zinduka Program
HIV/AIDS training
Family Planning
Alcohol and Drug prevention program
Microfinance Program workshops/trainings
Football Tournaments/Festivals
Training/Workshop Facilities
Debates/meetings
Gatherings/Community Forums
Use of the pitch for different events and tournaments
Resource Centre
VCT
Testing Events
Canteen/Refreshment Stand
Exchange programs

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Frontline/The World June 2008