We've been planning and planning and waiting and waiting. Finally, the Sinani Premier League has taken off. The day was an amazing success. This wasn't any ordinary game day in Msholozi, this was the meeting of 105 young men who recieved full kits & soccer boots who were eager to get to the competition and glorify the Lord. The day started out in prayer as everyone gathered in the centre of the field and you could see the way the young men conducted themselves was different from "the norm.".
We've been busy building the Sinani soccer league since the begining of the year. We had a "soft launch" right before lockdown and knew we were on to something exciting. As lockdown loosened, we wanted to invest in the coaches so they were equipped and prepared to be role models to over 100 young men ages 15 - 17. The coaches clinic was a great success and we now have our sights set on our official launch 28 November in the community of Msholozi. If you would like to be involved and support this initiative, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
No matter what your thoughts are about COVID-19, the lockdown aspect of it is causing many people to struggle. This is highlighted in the rural and under resourced communities we work in. Please click the link to view our August update and to see how things are really going: https://vimeo.com/444447875
Throughout the lockdown, Sinani has been going strong. We do not want to abandon the communities when they need us most. Many organizations are slowing down, but we are keeping our foot on the pedal. We have been delivering food parcels with consistency. We have also ensured that all of our kids have masks, and that our care centers are creating a norm of wearing them, sanitizing, and practicing social distancing.
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During lockdown, many communities have no way to provide for their families. We've been delivering food parcels to combat this. A recent partnership with COVID Flight Lowveld has helped us to increase our ability to do this. Many other NGO's have joined arms in solidarity against hunger for those that have the greatest need. It's been amazing to meet many new people for the common goal of helping our nieghbor.
MBOMBELA – A registered non-profit organisation has kept on feeding over 1100 vulnerable children located throughout Mpumalanga during the Covid19 coronavirus lockdown. Sinani is based in Mbombela and partners with community-based projects to grow each one into a fully operational life centre, at which orphans and vulnerable children are known by name, cared for, fed and helped with homework.
14 March 2020 marked the start of the Sinani soccer Premier League. Last year, we found that most of our boys become disinterested in the centres around the age of 15 unless there are healthy activities at the centres. We've been slowly building teams and finding coaches along with looking for sponsors. We are grateful to Build it for their participation and support but need more to be able to continue mid to long term.
We are so excited to have already launched two new cycling clubs this year! After a series of youth forums last year, the kids made it clear that they needed healthy activities in their communities. Things to keep them active and to enjoy life like any other child should. We have found that around the age of 14, some children stop coming to the centres because in the past there wasn't much for them to do there. Instead of just feeding them, we want to create life there. This is a great start.
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