The Annual Miwani Football Tournament

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The Annual Miwani Football Tournament

Kenya
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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Miwani Division in Nyando District, Nyanza Peovince, is experiencing lost hope. Miwani Sugar Company is now marking its 10th year since being put under receivership, and the turnaround at Ahero Irrigation Scheme is not out of the woods yet. Enrollment in schools has dwindled as parents and children collectively pull from every direction to keep starvation at bay. The youth are short of role models to guide them into the right path; the economic malaise has given them a hard knock and disillusionment is written all over their faces. There is a general degeneration of social order, and typical of such circumstances, the rate of criminal activities has sky-rocketed. The blame game on who is sleeping on the job is up but this serves to exacerbate, rather than stem, the situation.

In 2005, two Miwani students from the University of Nairobi came up with an elaborate idea to empower the youth of Miwani division. Together, they teamed up to raise funds to organize a football tournament with the aim of “empowering the youth of Miwani through sports by conglomerating them together”. Having come from poor backgrounds, they solely relied on the remnants of the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) bursary fees to assist in making this idea a success. In 2006, they both raised a total of Kshs 20,000 for the flagship tournament which brought together 6 teams from Ombeyi, Kiliti and Olik-Oliero areas. The response from the community was instant. This overwhelming response challenged the organizers to come out with a more elaborate plan in order to meet the increasing demand for participation by other areas in the division which had not been covered.
The 2007 version was not held due to the effects of the polarized atmosphere leading to the infamous 2007 general elections. In 2008, there was a public outcry to extend the coverage of the tournament to the other sub locations that had not been covered before. This presented an enormous logistical challenge considering that there was no external funding for the project, and that the organizers (as students) were relying on the savings that they had made in school to keep this project afloat. This restricted the coverage to the maiden regions. The 2009 version attracted applications from the sub-locations that had not been covered previously which were consequently included into the fixtures after intense deliberations

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

1. Poorly-resourced and under-staffed organ. The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) was thinly spread to the ground and had to juggle between their family roles and assisting in making the tournament a success. Bearing in mind that their work was purely on a voluntary basis. They need extra motivation this year so as to efficiently undertake their tasks and elevate the status of the tournament; 2. Transport and communication setbacks: The predicted El-Nino rains heavily pounded the area ravaging roads and delaying several matches. A lot of funds were spent in organizing transport to ferry respective teams to the venues, without which the tournament would have been canceled or matches postponed. Due to this, we could not transport the reproductive health materials to the venue. However, we intend to distribute them to the various youth and grassroots organizations for subsequent dispatch to the intended population; 3. Over-expectation from the public. The magnitude of this tournament attracted a lot of attention with crowds streaming in for the magnificent show. However, most of the attendees came with the mind that they would be rewarded with “something small”;

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

It is the first of its kind in Muhoroni Constituency. It offers the Youth a platform to share their experiences with other youths from across the nine sub-locations while at the same time offering them a chance to express their grievances with the local administrators which is often rare. Most of the time the Local Provincial Administrators (the Chief, Councillors and Village Headmen) often regard the youth as chaotic, rugged and malicious. They are treated as suspects and there is no open channel where they can communicate with the administration on issues affecting their daily lives. The Tournament offers them this opportunity as well as acting as a base to help them keep off drugs and illicit behaviour.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The competition is an annual event. The 2009 version was the 4th edition. During the 2009 edition, the following milestones were achieved; 1. The Local Area Chief assured the youth of his area that he will work towards an amicable understanding whenever there was a problem; 2. The Local Chief Security Officer in charge of Community Policing received three (3) names of youth Leaders whom he shall work with to ensure that the interest of the youths are well taken care of; 3. The area Member of Parliament (Prof. Ayiecho Olweny) gave the organizers his blessings and approved of the initiative as one way of enhancing youth participation and empowerment; and 4. The organizers donated cash prizes to exceptional footballers who are still in school as a measure to encourage those outside school to enroll and reap the benefits of education. As a result, school enrollment in 2010 in Miwani has increased by a margin of 19%.
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Section 1: About You
First Name

Gabriel

Last Name

Oguda

Organization

African Institute for Health & Development

Country

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Section 2: About Your Organization
Organization Name
Organization Phone
Organization Address
Organization Country
Your idea
Country your work focuses on

, NY

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Impact
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1. The organizers are partnering with community-level organizations which have programmes that deal with the youth. This includes local youth groups where the bulk of the football clubs are drawn from;

2. There is a consistent push for the provincial administrators to include the project in their annual security and development reports to the central government in order for it to be ingrained into the main budget overheads for sustainability purposes. The consultation is currently on-going;

3. The Organizers have partnered with ALIVE & KICKING, KENYA, a nationwide company specializing in hand-stitching balls through their Nairobi Office. The organization donated a total of Ten (10) Balls towards last year's campaign;

Results

1. Instill good morals and sound virtues to the youth of Miwani Division through sporting activities;

2. Empower the youth of Miwani Division with adequate knowledge and the requisite expertise to confront the development challenges that they constantly face;

3. Offer training opportunities (with the facilitation of partner organizations) on major topical issues around the challenges facing the youth of Miwani Divison;

4. Sensitize the general Miwani Divison populace on the value and importance of good neighborliness and the need to harmoniously co-exist with one another;

5. Conduct civic education campaigns with special focus on youth-local administration interaction, voter education, and economic empowerment;

6. Keep the youth of Miwani Division busy by involving them in the design and execution of the tournament programme either as participants or as facilitators of the tournament packages; and

7. Sensitize the youth on the benefits of education and hard work in their academic ventures.

What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.

2010: This will be the fifth year the project is running. There has been a marked improvement in terms of registration and participation of teams. It is expected that the initial objective of having two teams per sublocation (making them a total of 18) will be attained. If this is so, then the organizers will need to form a Local Organizing committee at the sub-location level which will act as a feeder to the main LOC at the Divisional level.

2011: With the increase in popularity, there will be need to pitch tent at the locality for sustainability purposes. This is the year whereby we intend to recruit some few staff to assist in the running of the off-the-field programmes as well as following up on the partnerships already established. We intend to have a second Secretariat to assist the Nairobi office as a referral point for locals who seek information on a round-the-clock basis. In this regard, there is need to acquire a legal plot of land and a small grant to complete the setting up of the offices and Liason facilities.

2012: Being an election year in Kenya, there will be a lot of activities for the youth especially with the sensitization in Behaviour Change Communication and Civic and Voter Education programmes. There will be need to pump a substantial amount in outreach programmes and community level management impacts.

Financial injection will also be necessary bearing in kind that most grounds will be booked, officials hired and teams travel expenses catered for. This will have an additional financial cost implications.

We are also hopeful that the partneres we have will not withdraw hence ensuring the free-flowing support in terms of information dissemination and sensitization.

What would prevent your project from being a success?

1. Withdrawal of Support from already established linkages especially at the community level;

2. Political Interference from potential politicians who see the programme as a means to stifle their 'Youth Impoverishment Agenda'

How many people will your project serve annually?

1001‐10,000

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

Less than $50

Does your project seek to have an impact on public policy?

Yes

Sustainability
What stage is your project in?

Operating for 1‐5 years

In what country?

, NY

Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

If yes, provide organization name.
How long has this organization been operating?

1‐5 years

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government?

Yes

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

1. Advisory Board (The LOC): The Tournament runs with the advice of a locally constituted Committee- The Local Organizing Committee (LOC). This comprises of representatives from; Youth Groups, Provincial Administration, Local Security Office, Educationists drawn from Primary and Secondary Schools, and the Village Elders. They advice on; Favorable football grounds to host the matches, Hiring of competent officials for the matches, security before, during and after matches, among others

2. NGOs: The NGOs are divided into two, the local and National. The Local NGOs assist with the coordination of sensitization campaigns on thematic areas in line with the Tournaments objectives.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization?

1. Technical Support: The Initiative needs a properly structured management system akin to a fully functional bureau with clear Terms of References. Technical expertise from diverse programmatic fields are required to execute the mandate in a more professional manner. This will ease off the burden from the few organizers who are evidently overwhelmed by the enormous task at hand

2. Local Structure: Currently the initiative still runs its hub of operation from a centralized location in Nairobi. There is need to off-shot a local office in Miwani fully equipped with management systems for overall sustainability and ease of operation. This way, the locals will feel strongly attached to the idea thereby creating a mass following on our initiatives at the local level.

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The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

In 2005, two Miwani students from the University of Nairobi came up with an elaborate idea to empower the youth of Miwani division. Together, they teamed up to raise funds to organize a football tournament with the aim of “empowering the youth of Miwani through sports by conglomerating them together”. Having come from poor backgrounds, they solely relied on the remnants of the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) bursary fees to assist in making this idea a success. In 2006, they both raised a total of Kshs 20,000 for the flagship tournament which brought together 6 teams from Ombeyi, Kiliti and Olik-Oliero areas. The response from the community was instant. This overwhelming response challenged the organizers to come out with a more elaborate plan in order to meet the increasing demand for participation by other areas in the division which had not been covered.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

In 1978, the Family of Don Zachary Oguda came to Miwani as Peasant Immigrants out to seek casual employment at the once vibrant MIwani Sugar Company. Typical of a rural African Family, The Oguda's lived on less than one-dollar a day often going to bed hungry and sleeping late in search for food. Life was not easy and when Miwani Sugar Company was put under receivership, Don Zack Oguda and family wnet back home in Seme, Kombewa but left behind one son, Gabriel Oguda who vowed to make Miwani a better place than he found it. Together he teamed up with friends and well-wishers in the spirit of empowering the youth of MIwani and the Annual Miwani Football Tournament was born

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