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
The following newsletter spotlights projectsI was most heavily involved with in my 10months at Grassroot Soccer.
Grassroot Soccer events .3.
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.