Kicking the soccer ball to change the community social problems
Mathata is leading a group of community young people who kick the soccer ball to reduce the social challenges like teenage pregnancy, alcohol, rape, illiteracy, drugs and substance abuse. Mathata is working for the Mogaalakwena Football for Hope Centre.
This centre is incorporated in a shared community space and football field. The space is used to implement community programming towards children and young people of the surrounding areas by incorporating the use of football to develop education, public health, and football
“Mathata” is a young person who joined the program as a beneficiary and grew up to be a youth leader. Mathata has transformed to be a leader who is a change maker.
The number of young people who used to be in gangs, abuse alcohol and drugs are now engaged in every youth development programs. Mathata and the program are using soccer as a vehicle to reach out to young people. The number of pregnancies have reduced as a result of involving young girls in the program.
The community of Pholarpark has found a solution to influence change and a leader in Mathata. He has received number of life skills trainings from the Red Cross and FIFA which has enabled him to change and develop professionally and personally. The community has new hope brought by the program. We are Red Cross, we are everywhere for everyone we change minds we change situations.