MTG empowers the girls and young women through football and several other educational and developmental projects. These include:
Community service and role modelling
MTG wants to provide opportunities and incentives for MTG girls and young women to be good role models for their own benefit and for the benefit of their communities
Award scheme programme
The award scheme programme was initiated in 2008 to motivate volunteers and girls to be actively involved in MTG activities. Individuals and teams earn points by carrying out activities in MTG. Fifty girls, who have showed to be very active volunteers in 2008 have been awarded a sponsorship of 5000 Kenya shillings for education or business activity. So far three hundred girls participated. We aim to expand the award scheme.
Community service activities
Teams have to participate in community services twice a year. By participating in the community service team earns league points. Teams participate in different organized community service activities such as tree planting, clean ups at health centers, markets, chiefs camp and football fields. Some assist in orphanages in their community.
Why football for girls?
Why not? Many girls in Kilifi play football. It acts as a mobilising force to bring girls together and has the potential to build collective power for a marginalized group. In MTG girls also build their own skills: they organize and officiate all MTG matches, tournaments and leagues. They represent the organization in local, national and international meetings.
|Challenges for girls in Kilifi: ||Through football she can:|
|Not free to attend meetings, go out||Be reached, mobilized in safe places, socialize positively|
|Early marriage||Stay longer in school|
|No schooling||If out of school, delay early marriage|
|No decisions, even for herself||Build confidence, "If I can play football I can do lots of useful things in my life"|
|No access to sexual health education||Learn life skills, discuss reproductive health issues with trained peer educators|
|No leadership or management skills||Learn how to organise leagues, tournaments|
|Cheap labour (house girls)||Opportunities to gain work experience as volunteer/staff|
Read more about our football programme by following the links below.
215 girls' teams are playing their league matches at 33 fields in Kilifi, Kaloleni and Ganze district. There are three categories: under 10 years, under 13 years and the open age category. The leagues are organized and managed by field committees composed of players and girls who are trained by MTG as referees, first aiders, peer educators, counselors, coaches or field leaders. The matches are usually played on Saturdays. After the matches there is peer education and counselors are available to talk with the girls. At least once a year teams carry out community services in their community.
The MTG champions 2011 were Brazil, Kang'amboni, Vitengeni in the under 10 category, Olive Stars, Silala, Ganze in the Under 13 category and Mnarani Stars, Mnarani, Bahari in the open age category.
MTG United teams
MTG has four teams that represent MTG in- and outside Kilifi district. The open age team will play in 2012 in the FKF Nationwide league. The MTG under 16 team represents MTG in the East Africa Cup in Moshi, Tanzania, and at several tournaments and in the FKF Provincial League. The MTG under 13 team travels every year to Nairobi to challenge their age mates at the MYSA tournament. The MTG United out of school team is a team comprised of girls who are out of school. In MTG they are players, acitve volunteers and combine this with activities that help them to generate income
Each year MTG organizes selection tournaments. Every field selects its best players. The teams play a one day tournament at divisional level. During this tournament each division selects its best players in the out of school open age, under 16 and under 13 categories. The teams play against each other in Kilifi. The best players are selected in the MTG United teams.
MTG has programmes in thirty three fields in Bahari, Kaloleni, Vitengeni, Ganze and Bamba. Divisional coordinators, young women who started their career in MTG as players and volunteers support the field committees that coordinate all the MTG activities in their field. The committees recruit players and manage the football leagues. They make sure that peer education takes place and make counseling available for the girls. They hold community meetings and meetings with parents. They initiate community services to show that they are a part of the community.
The coach the coach programme started in 2005 with help of the VSO volunteer. The aim of the programme is to empower girls to coach their own football teams and to improve the standard of football in MTG. To date the CTC programme has trained about two hundred fifty girls as coaches at three different levels: beginners, intermediate and advanced. An MTG CTC manual in Kiswahili has been developed. A group of ten girls have been trained as CTC programme coaches. One girl is coordinating the CTC programme.
Since the beginning of the project MTG has trained about two hundred girls as referees. The youngest of them is eleven years and she officiates the under 13 matches at her field. The referees are active in the fields in their community and in their divisions during school tournaments. The best referees are selected to lead tournament finals and matches of the MTG United team. Other tournament and league organizers invite MTG referees to officiate matches in their activities.
More than eighty girls have been trained as first aiders. They assist the players in case of injuries at the football field were they are based. The first aiders do not only use their skills and knowledge in MTG activities there are also resource persons in their schools and in the community. Two of the MTG girls have been trained to do refresher courses with their colleague first aiders.
Every year we organize girls' school football tournaments for primary and secondary school s and for special units/schools
|Primary school tournament|
Number of teams
|2009||Madamani ||Marere ||93|
|Secondary school tournament|
|Year||Winner||Runner up||Number of teams|
|2008||St. John’s||Kilifi High School||16|
|2010||Kilifi mixed||St. John's||25|
|2011||Kilifi mixed||St. John's||26|
|2012||Kilifi mixed||St. John's||33|
Since 2011 MTG includes girls with a disability actively in its programme. Volunteers trained by MTG give awareness trainings in the community and recruit girls for the programme. Girls in one of the league fields have been trained in basic sign language so that can communicate with girls with a hearing disability. Girls with hearing disabilities have been trained as peer educators, coaches, referees and first aiders and are now leaders in their schools and community.
MTG uses football as an entry point for several health & education programmes.
MTG carries out a six month peer education programme in fifteen schools each year. The peer educators have collected all the girls asked them during the sessions. A reproductive health resource booklet on menstruation and puberty has been written in response to those questions. The books have made been available for girls participating in MTG activities. A second resource booklet will be published on relationships, love, rights, decision making and rape.
MTG has 30 trained peer educators who hold sessions with girls at football fields and with players in schools. The aim of the programme is to provide up to date and accurate information so that girls can make informed decisions about their lives. It equips girls with information and peer support to promote safe and fulfilling relationships. The peer educators are trained as facilitators so that the sessions are interactive and provide a safe environment in which girls can ask sensitive questions. The peer educators have developed standard sessions which include knowing about:
The peer educators also take part in local events, such as during World AIDS Vaccine Day. A group of girls who are trained in drama recite poems or play skits in order to disseminate information.
MTG has 22 peer counselors who are trained by the Kenya Association of Professional Counselors. The girls are available to counsel girls who want to talk about problems or things that bother them. These are issues like family problems, conflicts and misunderstandings with friends, boy-girl relationships, school exam results, not allowed to play football and forced to get married.
Peer educators do follow up mobile video shows to the teams which they have visited. The videos they show are on decision making, HIV and AIDS etc. Since 2007 we also include boys in the video show sessions.
One of our objectives is to promote the economic independence of girls in MTG. This programme has started slowly giving some training to girls who are out of school on basic business skills. Plans are in place for 2010 to scale up the programme to provide assistance for girls to go for vocational training and start up capital for small business for winners of the leadership scheme who are out of school.
Many girls in Kilifi do not get a chance to go to secondary school. Only 20% of girls who finish primary school go on to secondary because they can not raise the school fees needed. MTG promotes education by encouraging girls to stay in school and discussing with parents and girls the importance of an education. Girls who benefit from the leadership awards receive support towards their school fees if they are in secondary school and towards their text books, uniform etc. if they are in primary school. MTG also assists girls to access sponsorship and has an agreement with a local organisation, KESHO, which supports 4 MTG girls each year to go on to secondary school. In 2009, 50 girls received leadership awards from MTG.
MTG thinks that monitoring its activities is a crucial part of its work to help it make its programmes better and more responsive to the needs of the girls it serves. Another aim of monitoring and evaluation is to document experiences and activities. MTG’s M&E department has produced and published a number of publications.
MTG is a member of the Sport for Social Change Network - Kenya chapter. MTG also links with many partner organisations including:
MTG has run training courses in Dadaab Refugee Camp, with other youth community based organisations in Kilifi. Many individual MTG girls are regularly participating in meetings and training courses with our partners in Kenya.
MTG is working with Professor Moses Musaazi from Technology for Tomorrow (www.T4Tafrica.com) and Loic Comolli from NESsT (www.NESsT.org) to develop a business plan to start a social enterprise to produce and market affordable sanitary pads.
See Sarah's blog for more information.