Our partner Umunthu Foundation, funded by AVERT, in Malawi has been implementing TackleAfrica sessions for some time now. It’s been great to see how HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights knowledge through football is really starting to make a difference amongst Umunthu Foundation’s teams.
Diana Chipengura, a player from Bangwe Queens Football Club in Blantyre, Malawi gave us the lowdown on how TackleAfrica sessions have impacted her and her community. Diana started to participate in TackleAfrica sessions last year and leads the youth club in her community.
Diana told us in her own words how the sessions went:
“When I heard about the programme, I couldn’t get any meaning. I was just happy because we have received a lot of football equipment! But once I attended the session I understand everything, and wanted to share this with my fellow friends who are not footballers. I have learnt a lot of things through this programme. I never imagined I can learn about HIV using football. It’s really extraordinary to me.
We are happy that our team joins the TackleAfrica programme. Apart from HIV knowledge we have also benefited from football equipment like cones which we normally use for warm up.”
We’re delighted to have Diana and all the Bangwe Super Queens on board, helping to keep themselves and their communities safe from HIV.
To find out more about AVERT’s work with Umunthu Foundation, please visit the AVERT website https://www.avert.org/what-we-do/where-we-work/umunthu-foundation