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Football charity seeks donations for covid-19 recovery project in Kenya

Football charity seeks donations for covid-19 recovery project in Kenya

Sunday 13 September 2020

Football charity seeks donations for covid-19 recovery project in Kenya


The Jersey football foundation hopes to help deprived Kenyan communities ‘bounce back’ from covid-19, by delivering an educational programme on contagious diseases and mental health.

Jersey 2 Africa 4 Football (J2A) wants to deliver the project to thousands of young people in Kenya, and is seeking assistance from Jersey businesses and individuals to achieve their goal.

The Jersey charity will work alongside two organisations, social-enterprise and football manufacturer Alive and Kicking (AK) and ‘on-the-ground’ delivery partner, The Football Foundation for Africa (FFA).

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Pictured: J2A hopes the educational programme will be delivered to thousands of young people in Kenya.   

Together, the organisations will train sports coaches to deliver the educational programme, using training materials and a set of educational footballs, designed to feature key World Health Organisation messaging.

Allan Wood, Director of J2A, said: “Many Jersey companies, individuals and schools in Jersey have strong ties with African communities and are looking at sustainable ways of giving.

“This covid-19 response links directly to two of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals in respect of ‘Good Health and Well-being’, and ‘Decent Work and Economic Growth.”

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Pictured: The project involves creating a set of educational footballs featuring key messages from the World Health Organisation.

A £300 donation would enable the partners to provide chosen communities with 20 educational footballs and create over 5,000 hours of educational play for around 900 young people.

Ricky Weir, Founder of J2A and former President of the Jersey Football Association, said: “In addition, the programme will support the employment at AK in Kenya of over 40 adults from vulnerable job groups, ensuring that they are able to support themselves and their families. 

“The initiative will initially focus on Nairobi, but we hope to expand it across Kenya in time.”

If you are interested in donating or learning more about the project, email Allan Wood at Allan.wood15@yahoo.com  

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