Kick4Life work in Lesotho and promote the use of sport for social change across the country at a structural level. The SOL Foundation assists with the implementation of the Good Health & Wellbeing through Sport Curriculum.
Problem to be tackled
Young people in Lesotho face severe, multiple and overlapping health challenges which can have a wide range of impacts on their development and future prospects. Furthermore there is a dire shortage of youth-focused health education that promotes increased knowledge and positive behaviour change around health.
The Good Health & Wellbeing through Sport Curriculum by Kick4Life aims to provide targeted health education around the most pressing challenges in Lesotho. These include:
- HIV/AIDS education like HIV testing and counselling (HTC),
- drug, alcohol and substance misuse,
- nutrition and non-communicable disease,
- hygiene and sanitation,
- road safety,
- mental health or
- access to health services.
The beneficiaries are children and adolescents aged between 13 and 19 years, 50% male and 50% female including young people with special needs.
A significant percentage of the participants come from extremely disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds including children living on the streets, those living in orphanages and those engaged in informal labour including child prostitution.
With the support from The SOL Foundation, Kick4Life will be able to implement their Good Health & Wellbeing through Sport Curriculum targeting children and young people and focussing on improved knowledge and attitude related to health, improved access to health services, improved health and wellbeing as well as improved long-term employment prospects.
Kick4Life‘s vision is for every child and young person in Lesotho to have the opportunity to achieve their potential.
They work towards this through the delivery of sports-based interventions, with a holistic approach to wellbeing and development that aims to help participants ultimately achieve sustainable livelihoods. Every participant has a unique journey through the programmes, depending on their needs and aspirations.