Could you coach with TackleAfrica? Using your football coaching skills to deliver sexual health education in some of the countries with the highest HIV rates in the world? What is it like?
With almost every new programme we start comes new staff to hire, new partners to join forces with, new languages to (try to) speak, and new issues to learn about. This week we spoke to Prince Kwakye, a new Programme Manager in Burkina Faso who is working with our partner Maia Bobo (site in French), known as Maia, on a programme aimed at combatting Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Maia is a force for good in Burkina Faso, working primarily towards keeping girls in school through various initiative such as preventing early pregnancy, working to reduce FGM and its harmful effects, providing sexual and reproductive health education and trying to stop Gender Based Violence, of which FGM can be considered a part. Prince told us what it’s been like to join TackleAfrica and the Maia team, and how his first week went.
Prince: “It has been quite the eye opening week no matter how prepared you think you are! I’ve been called a brother numerous times by our coaches and have been welcomed by the local ‘mama’ of Bobo, our partner who leads on our anti FGM programme here. Bobo are a local empowerment charity and it’s great to already know that we’re tightly bonded towards combatting FGM and in turn its devastating effects on young girls and women in the region.”
Prince has also watched some of our coaches and players in action during TackleAfrica sessions, seen here on the right with (l-r) coaches Traore Nadjin and Pale Gregoire with their team.
And he’s even managed to see the national team in action with our Project Officer, Roland (r) and colleague Sayouba Compaore (l). That’s quite a lot to pack in and his TackleAfrica career has only just started! Surrounded by such great coaches and a fantastic team at Maia Bobo, we have no doubt that more great work can be done and we’re proud to work alongside so many other organisations who all share our ultimate goal: combatting FGM, for good.
If you’d like to get involved in our projects in Africa, from coaching to donating, please visit www.tackleafrica.org/get-involved