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Sept. 2012 - Table of contents: FIFA FOOTBALL FOR HOPE

Kimisagara FFH Centre Annual Assessment............................................................... 3

STREETFOOTBALLWORLD

Margaret Belewa visits Esperance............................................................................. 4

ON THE PITCH

Improving Girl‘s football & English skills.................................................................... 5 Albion Alliance & Esperance tackle HIV/Aids issues................................................... 6

EXCHANGE

Ndayambaje of Esperance tours Germany with KickFair............................................. 8 Anama Grace of “The Kids League“ at Esperance.................................................... 10 Hakizimana at the 2nd UNOSDP Youth Leadership Camp.......................................... 11

YDF

Esperance continues close partnership with YDF....................................................... 12

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Propiétaire: ESPERANCE Asbl B.P. 4613 Kigali Tél : +250 788615016 Email: ajskesperance@yahoo.fr esperance@ferwafa.rw

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Directeur de publication Philipp GÜNTHER Tél: +250 787100682 Editeurs Jean de Dieu KARERA Philipp GÜNTHER Julia STREIFFELER

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Nouveaux weltwärts volontaires soutiennent le Kimisagara FFH centre....................... 13

Equipe de rédaction Victor SEWABANA Passy UWITONZE Noella UWERA Job UTERETSIMFIZI Vincent HAKIZIMANA Gilbert NDAYAMBAJE Shaban MASENGESHO Kari MRUZ

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Three-day visit of the FFH-Team to evaluate Esperance‘s performance:

Kimisagara Football for Hope Centre Assessment As our Kimisagara Football for Hope Centre will be officially open its door on October 2nd, the Football for Hope-Team visited the Esperance centre from the 16th until the 18th of April 2012 for an annual evaluation assessment. The aim of the evaluation assessment was to support the centre in identifying its key areas of strengths and potential growth that will be integral for the future centre expansion, strategic planning, and capacity development. The assessment tools will be used both as an organisational assessment prior to the centre opening and also as an annual performance measure for operating Football for Hope-Centres. Over a span of three days the Football for Hope-Team evaluated four different performance areas including programmatic

experience, external relationships, human resource capacity development and operational functionality. The monitoring of Esperance was helpful in describing the current state of the Kimisagara Football for Hope-Centre as well as setting up new goals for the remainder of the year. At the end of the evaluation the Football for Hope-Team came to the conclusion that Esperance succeeded in all four areas with an average score of 64.6 percent. The centre will now be considered as a reference in the region, as it is offering services based on the needs of the youth in the community. Jean de Dieu Karera Editor

The Esperance team with the FFH-Coordinator Julia Bischof (3rd from right) 3 ESPERANZA

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In preparation for the streetfootballworld “Network meeting and Forum East Africa“:

Margaret Belewa visits Kimisagara FFH Centre Margaret Belewa was welcomed by the staff members and volunteers of the Esperance for a three-day visit that took place on August 2629. Margaret, who has been an acting Executive Director of Moving the Goalposts Kilifi, has joined streetfootballworld network as the Regional Coordinator East Africa in 2012. The purpose of her visit at Esperance was to ensure that the necessary preparations for the “Network meeting and Forum in East Africa“ were in the right time frame. Network members in East Africa will come together in Kigali, on October 3-5 for a network member meeting and forum in East Africa with a focus on the use of football as a tool to foster peace by engaging young people at risk of violence. The event is a key element of the strategic plan recently developed by the East African streetfootballworld network members in a joint process and will bring together members from across the region to meet and present their work to a wider audience. The first ever streetfootballworld East African Forum will be hosted by streetfootballworld and network

member Esperance and will partly take place in the Kimisagara Football for Hope Centre, which will be officially opened on the day before the meeting. On her three days at Esperance Margaret Belewa met with the different teams that are in charge in of the organization of the event. Observing the new-built Kimisagara FFH Centre, Margaret got a good impression of the grounds where the network meeting and forum will take place. Besides visiting the Esperance centre she also went to see the place of accommodation for athletes and other guests. In mutual joint session with the Esperance team all issues that have to be fixed were discussed in detail to guarantee the success of the meeting. Margaret Belewa made sure to motivate everybody and reminded them how important this first meeting will be for streetfootballworld East Africa and Esperance likewise. Philipp Günther Editor-in-chief

Margaret Belewa (center) and the Esperance staff and volunteers 4

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Rwandan-American Cooperation focussing on sports & “TeacherMate“:

Improving Girls‘ football & English skills In July 2012 Esperance began a new program for girls focusing on football and English skills. Volunteers Kari Mruz and Job Uteretsimfizi work together to run the program for 35 girls ranging from P4 to S2. Kari, originally from the United States, has been living in Rwanda for the past two years working in primary level education. After hearing about Esperance Kari decided to see if she could volunteer in a way that combines her knowledge of English education and love of football. Job, a volunteer at Esperance for six years, joins Kari to help coach, translate, and even serve as the team trainer when someone goes in for a tackle too hard. Each Tuesday and Thursday, 35 girls (and more each week!) meet at the Kimisagara Football for Hope Centre. When they first arrive, the girls begin to warm up with Job as Kari takes small groups aside into the centre’s classroom to work on English. Each student receives an iPod Touch equipped with “TeacherMate” English literacy software. This software was developed in the United States and has been used successfully in schools there as well as in Rwanda.

With TeacherMate, the students learn independently using interactive activities and games. Headphones and built-in microphones enable them to listen to stories and instruction, as well as record themselves reading out loud. Since there is such a wide range of English ability on the team, it is important that each student is able to work at her own pace. After everyone has gotten a turn using TeacherMate and practicing English, Kari joins Job out on the field to focus on football skills. English practice does not stop in the classroom though, as players are encouraged to speak it throughout football practice. As of now, the program is expected to run through December, at which point we expect to see great improvement by the student-athletes in their football skills, school performance, and overall confidence and leadership. Kari Mruz Volunteer

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In preparation for the streetfootballworld “Network meeting and Forum East Africa“:

Albion Alliance & Esperance tackle HIV/AIDS issues Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a type of virus, which infects the human immune system (the system in the body which is in charge of fighting off illness). HIV may cause AIDS (a collection of diseases and symptoms, or problems in the body) by eventually killing the white blood cells, which a healthy body uses to fight off disease. HIV as a pandemic is causing a large number of people to fall ill and the staggering majority lives in SubSaharan Africa. HIV especially affects the age groups between 15 and 45 which makes it a substantial problem for the coming generations in the affected regions. To reduce the number of people suffering from HIV/AIDS, education needs to be used to advance to prevention. HIV education through football is an integrative approach to teach young people and convey important health issues in an engaging fair play frame. Our program of HIV Education through Football was created after we learned of the Albion Alliance and their outstanding fight against HIV/AIDS.

The volunteer team started HIV awareness through different programs where the main educative tool is football. This is especially helpful in adopting new knowledge many young kids regard football as their primary hobby and pastime. All these factors support the success and longevity of Esperance’s awareness program.

Seminar participants in Malindi at the HIV awareness summit of the Albion Alliance

Both Albion and two other organizations from Kenya (“Tackle Africa” & “Kenya Aids NGO Consortium”), have organized a seminar regarding the issue of fighting HIV/AIDS through football methodologies. The seminar took place in the Watamu area (Malindi District) in SouthEastern Kenya from 25th - 30th June. An HIV preventive program that was inspired by Albion’s activities has been introduced into Esperance groups since August 2012. It is implemented within the International Learning Cooperation, one of Esperance’s sub-groups that are formed by young people spanning the ages between 12 and 20. The group is coached by two experienced volunteers, Shaban and Ernest. 6

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The goalkeeper who represents the human body tells his defenders (white blood cells) to pay attention

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Esperance‘s HIV/AIDS awareness session: sportive means, the team is split up in different groups to get a better understanding of the virus. In this methodology the goalkeepers represent the human body, defenders are the white blood cells, and the strikers embody opportunistic virus infections. The drill helps the kids to understand that without the defenders (white blood cells) the goalkeeper (human body) has no chance to against the strikers (HIV infections).

The coaches and kids use diversive roleplaying methods to learn about different aspects of HIV

It is important to note that many people in Rwanda do not have adequate knowledge about HIV. Most of the kids are unable to differentiate HIV and Aids. So it is very helpful to start the program with giving a basic overview about the issue. Volunteers and youth participants discuss different issues like: Is HIV only an African problem, or does it also matter on a global scale? Are we able to prevent it, and if yes what can we do about it? What are the options for people living with HIV/Aids? And finally, how can we teach our friends and peers about this issue with the means of football? 1st Session - RELATIONSHIP A trustful relationship is the basic for a creating good communication and a cooperative atmosphere. It also supports good decision making and confidence in the daily activities of the community. There are different methods and drills used to achieve awareness amongst the youth, namely: “creating space”, “team work” and “pass & shoot”. 2nd Session - HOW HIV WORKS The aim of this session is to illustrate how HIV works as a sickness and how one person can prevent it from spreading. It is important to make sure that the local youth understands that in a relationship both partners have to take responsibilities and control their life because once they are infected there is no cure. To achieve these goals through 7

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3rd Session - PREVENTION After the two previous sessions focused on relationships and how HIV infects the body the next methodology deals with prevention. This drill aims to educate the local youth that you never can distinguish a person with HIV from a healthy person. Furthermore it helps to show the kids what a big difference protection can make. In the first step the goalkeeper leaves his goal and everybody participates in free shooting to illustrate how easy it is to get infected, and what kind of risk it implies. Later the goalkeeper and the defenders return to represent protective measures like condoms that are protecting the human body. 4th Session LIVING WITH HIV The last priority of the training was to teach the kids about living with HIV/Aids. It is important to make clear that everybody that is HIV positive can be integrated into society and live with the support of medicine and the community. This time the drill “Beat the keeper” was applied. It helps the participants to follow instructions given by the coaches and which in turn represents the instructions of the doctors and caretakers given to HIV positive patients. The next method “Speed soccer” is essential in making sure that the youth understands that nobody can succeed without determination, and nobody can tackle HIV without determination as well. The last drill of the session is to play a regular football match with everybody to show that on the pitch there is no separation between HIV positive and negative. Shaban Masengesho & Ernest Ndagijimana Volunteers

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Learning and teaching through the street football network:

Ndayambaje shares his KickFair tour in Germany The close partnership between Esperance and KickFair was started in 2005. Since that year there have been many exchanges from the members of both organizations in Rwanda as well as in Germany. This year the exchange in Germany was divided into three main parts, including the visit of related institutions, working in the KickFair office and also participating at the pitch in street football tournaments. On the first day in the KickFair office, staff and volunteers explained to their guests how KickFair is working in the domain of street football and how the project is implemented in different communities in Germany The team then spent the rest of the week Berlin where we held workshops in the three different schools. The aim was to introduce the methodology of street football in the new partner schools of KickFair to reinforce and deepen the partnership in the network. In the schools that did not have an active partnership with KickFair yet we tried to show and explain the historical background of street football in our organizations (e.g. CHIGOL, CDI and Esperance). While presenting the facts about such programs as Football Amahoro, the school children were always involved through different kind of debates and discussions After the exchange in Berlin was finished, the program also included a visit at the German Sport University Cologne. There we met with the Department of Sports for Development and discussed how sport can be used as a tool for international cooperation and education. The department hopes to strengthen the network with organizations like KickFair and Esperance, as it is currently trying to develop a master degree of „Sports for Development“. The team presented the different methodologies and also made sure to show that we are not working on classic 8

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football but rather to use football as an educative tool. During our stay the university representatives presented their research projects on sport for development. At the end of the meeting both sides were looking forward to collaborate in future concerning different activities like carrying out researches in our field of expertise. This exchange at the university in Cologne was financed by the Department of Sports in the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development. Normally it is uncommon, that exchanges of small-scale NGOs are fully financed by the BMZ (Ministry of Development). But this time they made sure to support KickFair and Esperance to create a new network of related institutions in the field of sports for development. For that purpose we also met with the German ICSSPE (International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education) and discussed different concepts of education through sports. The final part of the exchange was the participation in the street football tournaments in the city of Erfurt (East of Germany) and also in a few towns in Southern Germany. The different tournaments were part of an evaluation to raise awareness of the practical part of street football in schools. At the Erich-Kästner-Schule Erfurt, the aim of the visit was to directly interact with the students about street football and its advantages. The workshop started with integration games and continued with a presentation of our organizations specifically in the field of street football. After our presentations, the students in return elaborated on children‘s‘ rights, their topic of the day. When they finished up their presentation we went into smaller groups where we highlighted the importance of street football and how it can be used as tool of promotion of children‘s rights. Finally, we called it a day by presenting what we worked on in the

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groups including our motivation of doing street football. The next stop for the KickFair team was Offenburg in South-West Germany. In Offenburg we participated in a festival mostly dominated by games and music performance. The goal of the festival was to give opportunity to the young people of Offenburg and also to strengthen to cultural and youth network with France, which border is only a few kilometres away. Part of the festival was ceremony where KickFair received a donation-check from the University of AKAD which will be used in the project of „Kick for more“. The university is also heavily engaged in this project with KickFair and will keep up its close relations in the future. During the ceremony KickFair presented parts of the project including the rules of street football and its impact on social life, young people and the society as whole. Beside the general information we also mentioned our planned future tournaments and activities which will be done in four countries (Rwanda, Germany, Chile and Paraguay). The representatives of the university appreciated the work of KickFair and they confirmed that they will continue to support the project with financial help.

Gilbert Ndayambaje at Erfurt organizing a local street football tournament

Students of the Erich-Kästner-Schule Erfurt

Gilbert Ndayambaje Young Leader

Berlin Gilbert at the German Sport University Cologne

Erfurt Fulda

Stuttgart

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streetfootballworld – Young Leaders Exchange continues in East Africa:

Anama Grace of “The Kids League“ at Esperance to visit the construction site of the Kimisagara Football for Hope Centre which will open its doors on October 2nd.

Jean de Dieu Karera & Anama Grace On April 22nd 2012, Esperance welcomed Anama Grace from the Ugandan network The Kids League for two weeks as part of the “East African Young Leader Exchange“. The project which was initiated by streetfootballworld aims to strengthen the connection between the network members and exchange new practices that can be applied in the future. On his first two days in Kimisagara Anama participated in the YDF coaches’ workshop where he received input on how to utilize the power of football to fight against violence and to teach important life skills. Following the YDFSeminar Anama gave an inspirational speech to the Esperance group and volunteers, which was followed by an exchange of ideas focused on education through sports and volunteer management in their organizations. Besides presenting the historical background of his organization the young leader presented the program for disabled children that The Kids League promotes to integrate children with special needs. During the first week, Grace participated in different workshops including football training for different Esperance teams. He also made sure 10 ESPERANZA

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The second week for Anama was mostly characterized by two activities: Further workshop discussions and vital exchanges about the “Football for Peace“ performances within the different organizations. One topic of discussion was volunteerism. Esperance is an organization which is strongly supported by many volunteers that come from within the community as well as from other countries. The Kids League in contrast also wants enlarge its engagement with volunteers to get similar beneficent results. It is a focal point of Esperance vision to share its valuable experience concerning the important part that volunteers play in the development of the organization. As Esperance has always worked closely with the local schools an activity session was held at Kamuhoza Primary School, attracting more than 800 students. Anama Grace also participated very openly in this activity like helping the players to set up the Fair Play rules or painting the pitch together with the children. This Rwanda-Ugandan exchange was highly appreciated by the Esperance Community as Anama shared actively all his valuable experiences that he gained in the field of promoting education through sport. At the end of the visit everybody agreed that they wished to continue their close partnership and also hoped that the exchanges in the future could be extended to even deepen the relationship of the network. Jean de Dieu Karera Editor

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UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace gathers 26 young participants:

Hakizimana at the 2nd UNOSDP Youth Leadership Camp Eleven successful days lie behind 26 young people from sub-Saharan Africa and the Palestinian territories after the conclusion of the 2nd UNOSDP Youth Leadership Camp at the end of June at Sportschule Hennef, Germany. The participants have honed their skills and expanded their shared knowledge on how to use sport to address social change and promote peace. “All of the participants work in Sport for Development and Peace projects and have already made significant contributions in their communities. But the extra expertise and experience that they gain from this camp gives them the chance to grow as role models and as change makers in their communities,” says UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke, initiator of the project. “As a youth leader and facilitator, I have learnt different approaches, activities and strategies on how to address issues or social skills affecting my community. Most importantly, I have learnt how to include people with disabilities and both genders,” says 23-year-old Vincent Hakizimana from Esperance. Each day of the UNOSDP Camp was dedicated to important issues relating to the UN Millennium Development Goals, with a special focus on gender equality and the inclusion of persons with a disability. The active support of experts from different institutions – the International Paralympic Committee, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the German Sport University Cologne, for example – proved to be very enriching for the participants.

Participants at UNOSDP YLC in Germany engaging in football activities realisation: “I cannot change the world, but I can change one soul and if that soul changes another, then the world can be a better place. Because of its universal language and its natural tendency to bring people together, we can achieve that goal through sport.” Vincent Hakizimana Young Leader

Vincent (right) and other attendees discussing the UN Millennium Development Goals

Vincent, who conducted some workshops on football and life skills and their follow ups, reports that the monitoring and evaluation sessions in particular were an essential and beneficial component for him, leading him to the following 11 ESPERANZA

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Utilizing the experience of educative football tools to strengthen local communities:

Esperance continues close partnership with YDF Youth Development through Football - or YDF for short - is a project that forms part of the South African-German development cooperation. The project aims to empower young girls and boys to shape their future. It uses the enthusiasm of the youth for football to involve them in education on socially relevant topics. The project was started in 2007 and will run until 2012. It is active in all South African provinces and in nine other African countries. It cooperates closely with governmental and non-governmental institutions (like Esperance) and private enterprises to establish lasting structures. The target group of YDF projects is mainly between the ages 12-20 years, mostly from disadvantaged neighbourhoods in South Africa and other nine countries in Africa including Rwanda. This year Esperance sent three volunteers to participate in the instructors’ workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa. The YDF instructors are trying to share their educative tools and experience by organizing workshops for coaches and caretakers to teach them how to integrate football with technical drills and basic life skills.

The use of football as medium of education strives to overcome discrimination, improve health, combat disease, promote gender equality, fight violence and secure environmental sustainability. Thus, the YDF project is actively and sustainably contributing to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Currently Esperance already conducted two workshops for YDF coaches in Rwanda and oversaw their implementation of the methodology on the pitch. More than 40 coaches and caretakers have been trained with Esperance instructors Vincent Hakizimana and Passy Uwitonze. The future coaches mainly come from the East African region including Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, Uganda and Kenya. After the workshop for the trainers was finished, the Esperance instructors accompanied them back to their respective communities to see if the learnt skills could be implemented to benefit the local youth at large. Vincent Hakizimana Young Leader

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La dernière génération de volontaires de la GIZ arrivent chez Esperance

Nouveaux weltwärts volontaires soutiennent le FFH centre « Weltwärts » est un programme financé par le ministère fédéral pour la coopération économique et pour le développement d‘Allemagne. Ce service volontaire contribue au travail éducatif et informatif en matière de politique de développement. Chaque année environ 10.000 jeunes entre 18 et 28 ans ont la chance de pouvoir profiter de ce programme qui doit concourir à l‘entente des peuples, aux compétences interculturelles des volontaires et - bien sûr – au travail des organisations sur place. Il y a beaucoup d‘organisations allemandes qui participent à ce programme, p. ex. la GIZ (Société pour la coopération internationale). « Esperance » est une organisation partenaire de la GIZ qui a déjà reçu quatre générations de volontaires de « weltwärts », plus précisément depuis 2008 quand le programme a commencé.

Philipp Günther et moi, Julia Streiffeler, nous sommes donc la cinquième et la dernière génération de volontaires de la GIZ chez « Esperance ». Nous sommes arrivés au Rwanda en août 2012 avec un groupe de volontaires allemands. Après un séminaire d‘introduction, on a commencé le travail à « Esperance ». Philipp est en charge de l‘assistance technique, en matière de documentation. Il assiste aussi à l‘ « international learning cooperation » et au table-tennis. J‘aide les entraîneurs pour faire l’entraînement de l‘équipe des filles et pour deux autres équipes de garçons. Je travaille aussi dans le bureau pour la documentation des activités et pour en ecrivant des articles. Nous sommes très contents de travailler et de vivre ici pour une année et de connaître plusieurs facettes de la culture rwandaise. Julia Streiffeler Volunteer / Editor

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