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June Newsletter

June Newsletter

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Published by Tinacho Chitongo
(Re)writing the Future
Final edition – June 2011. My name is Tinacho Chitongo and over the past 10 months I have worked as a Field Intern with Grassroot Soccer (GRS), an organization that actively uses the power of the game of football/soccer to educate and inform youths about HIV and AIDS. This newsletter has been one of the ways I have reached out to my family and supporters in order to reveal and reflect on the work I have been doing. In this edition I pay tribute to a phenomenal year in Port Elizabeth.
(Re)writing the Future
Final edition – June 2011. My name is Tinacho Chitongo and over the past 10 months I have worked as a Field Intern with Grassroot Soccer (GRS), an organization that actively uses the power of the game of football/soccer to educate and inform youths about HIV and AIDS. This newsletter has been one of the ways I have reached out to my family and supporters in order to reveal and reflect on the work I have been doing. In this edition I pay tribute to a phenomenal year in Port Elizabeth.

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 My name is Tinacho Chitongo and over the past 10 months I have worked as a Field Intern with 
, an organization that activelyuses the power of the game of football/soccer to educate and informyouths about HIV and AIDS.This newsletter has been one of the ways I have reached out to my familyand supporters in order to reveal and reflect on the work I have beendoing. The experience has been priceless as I have gained unparalleledperspective and inspiration from day to day interactions with other youngpeople and other players in the quest to stall the progress of the HIV/AIDSepidemic.A massive thank you goes to my family and anyone else who has supportedmy internship. If you are hearing about this for the first time, be sure tocheck out www.grassroot soccer.org for more information.
 
On May 27, 2010 eleven days after obtaining a Bachelor’s
degree in Political Science at Providence College I began a fundraising campaign to help supplement the costs of an internship Iwould be embarking on in my home continent.Over a year on I look back on a year that was not punctuated byexams, time tables, study guides or homework. It has been adose of the real world through an experience unlike any otheranywhere.My Grassroot Soccer experience has allowed me to growtremendously while encouraging myself and my peers tochallenge the status quo and seek a better future for ourgeneration.Instead of feeling sorry for ourselves and playing victims, I am
confident in my generation’s ability to author its own future,
based on a better understanding of the threats andopportunities we face on a daily basis.
“Until the lions
produce their own historian, the story of thehunt will only glorify the hunter." Chinua Achebe
Narrative on Africa in the global media is dominated by thenegative, AIDS being a one of the major talking points. Asknowledge continues to spread and organizations like GRS reachmore young people, we hope the story will change. Thank youfor playing a part, please continue to support similar initiatives!
(Re)writing the Future
Final edition
 –
June 2011.
The following newsletter spotlights projectsI was most heavily involved with in my 10months at Grassroot Soccer.
 
Contents
1.
 
Introduction.2.
 
Grassroot Soccer events .3.
 
Skillz Street.4.
 
A final goodbye & thanks.
Grassroot Soccer is an internationalNGO that uses the power of soccer toeducate, inspire and mobilize youth inthe fight to reduce new HIV infections.Southern Africa is the de factoepicenter of the epidemic and GRS hasflagship bases in South Africa, Zambiaand Zimbabwe with several partnerships around the region.
Graduatingfrom universityin May 2010 wasone of mypersonalhighlights for2010, so wasjoiningGrassroot Soccer.
Educate, Inspire, Mobilize! Stop the spread of HIV.
1
 
 
2
EVENTS
Funds from Port Elizabeth’s first ever INSPI(RED) soccer fun
d raiser will support HCT Soccer tournaments in the near future!very day is an event at Grassroot Soccer, our coacheskeep kids on their toes through our HIV prevention & __life skills programs. Every 3 months we host an HIV ___Counseling and Testing soccer tournament where ___young people spend the day playing football& they get a chance to confidentially test for HIV.
 
 
3
SKILLZ STREET
Skillz Street is a girls
targeted intervention forming part of Grassroot Soccer’s life skills & HIV prevention
programs. The intervention has been developed in response to overwhelming research that shows:
1.
 
Participation in sport among adolescent females correlates to a range of health benefits, and;2.
 
HIV is disproportionately concentrated among women and girls.
Skillz Street combines Fair Play soccer with HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT), and community outreach.
HIV & lIfeSkillsCurriculumFair PlaySoccerCommunityOutreach &Testing

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