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Tell us about your personal background. Why are you passionate about this issue? Making an idea a reality takes innovation, dedication and strong leadership. Do you have the necessary entrepreneurial skills to realize your vision?
My name is Nathan Bye. Three years ago I travelled to Cameroon to coach football with an African charitable football academy (AVFAL) The academy was doing amazing work with disadvantaged youths in the region We use football as ‘a hook’, to bring in boys and girls into the academy due to football popularity in Kenya and through the power of football teach the youth.
• Self respect,
• Health education,
• Youth rights,
• Social responsibility for the community and the environment.
The charity was struggling to run due to having no finances and materials and at times had to stop running completely due to these difficulties.
My time with the academy changed my life forever and I realised what a transforming effect football can have on the lives of kids in the emerging world.
I returned home and set up a charity to help the football academy and a local orphanage. Since then our charity has worked extensively with youth development through football and have come up with a revolutionary football development football programme that challenge the problems that youths in Cameroon and Kenya face in their lives and offers them the chance to be the architects of their own destinies.
I have seen kids with social and behavioural problems turn into captains of their teams and kids that no one thought could be taken away from a life of drugs and crime turn into role models for fellow youth to turn their lives around. This was all done with the support of materials, funding and volunteers from our charity and it is something that I am proud of.
Strong leadership for me is about providing the framework for making change possible and getting your team to crash through every barrier that gets put in your way to achieving this. Also I try to inspire other people to get involved in helping the kids in our projects; if everyone just does a little it goes a long way.