On Thursday 21st August 2015, NOWSPAR conducted a Goal Event at City of Hope Orphanage in Lusaka’s Makeni area. The event had 73 participants of which 52 were girls and 21 were boys all aged between 10 and 20. In attendance were 4 NOWSPAR staff and 1 volunteer as well as the staff and volunteers of City of Hope Orphanage.
The aim of this event was to provide an introduction to the Goal Programme to the children and staff at City of Hope Orphanage. It is intended that this partnership between City of Hope and NOWSPAR can result in regular opportunities for the children and the staff to develop their sport and lifeskill program.
The event started with a brief introduction of NOWSPAR and the Goal programme which was done by Fatima. The participants took part in warm up sessions which was then followed by fun games that were aimed at having everyone introduce themselves. The girls and boys were then split into two groups with one of the groups playing zigzag saving and the other group playing peace path. The games were followed by life skill empowerment sessions were the participants were taught on hygiene and financial literacy.
One of the participants Luke Banda said, “it is important for girls to take part in sport because they also need to enjoy like the boys“.
One of the City of Hope volunteers Ichi said, “girls and boys were excited to receive visitors from within Zambia as they mostly receive foreign visitors“.
One of the participants Joyce said she was very happy to have participated in the event and she enjoyed playing games and she hopes NOWSPAR will come back and do more activities like this.