Kalingalinga Community Development Programme
We’re working within the Zambian community of Kalingalinga on a development programme which consists of:
– Kalingalinga on the Ball Football Club
– Community Outreach
– Girls Empowerment Programme
– Food Programme
– Education Scholarships
Our successes of the programme to date include:
– Starting a community owned and led football team with a complete pathway for all members of the community. Since their establishment, the team have enjoyed great success including promotions to Zambia’s 4th tier where they currently play. Kalingalinga on the Ball is a member of the Sandlanders Network.
– Establishing a Community Outreach Programme which reaches out and helping those who most need it. The programme aims to increase access to sport and use that as a vehicle for education in areas and groups of most deprivation. These areas include HIV/AIDS support groups, Special Need Schools and Orphanages.
– Giving young people in Kalingalinga a focus (read more about the role of the club in Kelvin’s life) and using football to teach life lessons (such as hard work, determination, team work and communication).
– The employment of four staff members (find out more about them here)
– The start up of food programme: This helps the team eat something before the game every weekend. It was brought forward to help some of the boys who come from poor families to sustain their bodies before the game, we realized before that the temperate among the boys were different as they come from different families. However, this initiative is beyond having something to eat but also it promotes unity, team work and communication skills among the boys. By so doing we have given each other roles towards sustain this initiative.
– The establishment of a Girls Empowerment Programme: Building on the success we’ve enjoyed with the men’s programme in Kalingalinga, we’ve been keen to ensure women have equal access to sport and that we remove as many barriers as possible to their participation in sport. This tackles stereotypes about girls and women’s involvement in sport within Africa and promotes positive messages. By profiling the members of the programme, we’ve been able to establish how we can best support the girl’s with their aspirations in life.
– The start up of a litter picking programme. Regular litter picking sessions within the community promote a safer, cleaner and more pleasant environment for the community, for the ‘Kalingalinga on the Ball’ team, but also for the other numerous boys’ and girls’ teams who make use of the pitch on a daily basis.
– The funding of coaches to develop and grow through Zambian FA coaching courses
– The establishment of an Educational Scholarship Fund for team members in our boys and girls team (through which they repay in kind within the community of Kalingalinga)
– Delivering First Aid Courses. First Aid training is a simple but crucial set of skills and knowledge that can save lives. Nowhere else than Africa is this sort of training more appropriate or relevant. Remote areas are particularly at risk, as access is limited and because of roads conditions the emergency services can take longer than expected.