Projects

MTG empowers the girls and young women through football and several other educational and developmental projects.  These include:

Community service

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. 

Football

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.

Leagues

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.

 

Field committees

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.

CTC (Coach The Coach)

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.

Referees

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.

First aid

First aid training in VitengeniFirst aid training in Vitengeni

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.

School tournaments

Every year we organize girls' school football tournaments for primary and secondary school s and for special units/schools

                                                                                                                             

 

Primary school tournament
Year Winner Runner up

Number of teams

2002  16
2003 Katikirieni Fumbini42
2004 Ezamoyo Chang’ombe68
2005 Sokoke Fumbini95
2006 ­ ­0
2007 Mikomani Bahati59
2008 Kolongoni Silala59
2009 Madamani
Marere
93
2010DzikunzeMarere95
2011NyariDzikunze89
2012Kang'amboniDzikunze 
Secondary school tournament
Year Winner Runner upNumber of teams
2002  8
2003  0
2004  8
2005  12
2006  16
2007 Kombeni Jaribuni16
2008 St. John’s Kilifi High School16
2009 St. John’s Kasidi20
2010Kilifi mixedSt. John's25
2011Kilifi mixedSt. John's26
2012Kilifi mixedSt. John's33

Girls with a disability

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.

 

 

Major football achievements

2012

  • One young leader participated in the young leaders workshop from the United Nations on Sport for Development and Peace in Doha, Qatar

2011

  • MTG participated in the Football Kenya Women Premier League
  • The MTG technical bench was the first ever women only technical bench in a women's football premier league in Kenya. The headcoach was 18 year old
  • Two girls were elected in leadership positions in the Football Kenya Federation sub branch. Other girls were elected in district committees and KEFORA.
  • Two girls were trained as TOT's by Youth Development Football in violence prevention and HIV/courses football training courses

2010

  • MTG participated in the Football for Hope tournament in South Africa

2009

  • MTG United Under 16s became the first MTG team to play outside of Kenya, in a tournament in Moshi, Tanzania
  • MTG United were the runners up in tournaments in Kisumu and Mombasa
  • One MTG girl traveled to the Netherlands to talk about her football experiences to donors. While there she practiced with a Dutch women's team

2008

  • MTG United under 13 won the MYSA tournament in Nairobi
  • MTG organized the first MTG Champions league to determine the best MTG teams in the under 13 and open age categories

2007

  • Quarter and semifinals in tournaments in Nairobi, semifinals and finals in tournaments in Mombasa
  • Runner up in the KFF league in Mombasa
  • Seven players have been selected for the Coast Province primary school team which became national champion
  • Mbeyu Akida represented Kenyan youth football at the All African Games in Algiers
  • Under 16 team won the Mombasa show tournament. Mbeyu Akida was chosen the best player, Fathime Khamisi the most promising player and Sarah Kitsao the best goalkeeper of the tournament

2006

  • Won Jamhuri Day Cup in Mombasa
  • Runners up in the KFF league in 2006 in Mombasa

2005

  • Won top female coach and top scorer at MYSA tournament in Nairobi

2004

  • Hosted Manchester United Under 15s in 2004
  • Rose Konde form MTGK officiated the match between Manchester United Under 15s and Mombasa Under 15s

 

      

 

Health & education

MTG uses football as an entry point for several health & education programmes.

Health

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.

Peer led health project

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:

  • MTG,
  • adolescence,
  • menstruation,
  • girl child rights,
  • decision making,
  • goal setting,
  • self esteem,
  • communication skills,
  • relationships,
  • HIV/AIDS,
  • voluntary counselling and testing (VCT),
  • antiretroviral drugs (ARV),
  • sexually transmitted infections (STI),
  • rape,
  • incest, and
  • unsafe abortion.

 

Public performances and taking part in local events

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.

Counselors

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.

Mobile video shows

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.

Economic empowerment

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.

Education

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.

Monitoring, evaluation & research

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.

Network & exchange

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.

 


 

Sanitary pads social enterprise

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.