The sun is low in the sky, casting long shadows across the football field. It’s practice night and the boys from Bhutan are keen as mustard, ducking, weaving and dribbling the ball as the coach shouts his commands.
Willfred* is fifteen years old and is in form two, which is the second year of High School. He’s the first born in his family and has a younger brother who is ten and is also part of Lengo Football Academy. He is in the forth year of primary school. Both brothers are fully dependent on their Mama.
Their Mama is 32 and is widowed. She raises her two children in a very tough environment and this has been the case since her husband passed in 2009. She and her boys live in a very small 1 room mud hut and she is also raising another boy who she is related to, so there are four of them in total.
At Lengo Football Academy we play an active part in the health and wellbeing of our players that goes beyond daily football training. We consider it important to visit the families of our players to understand how the football academy exists alongside their education and family responsibilities.
On a recent visit to the home of Lengo player Elisha, our founder Emanuel Saakai and one of our Australian volunteers found a mother living on less than AU$2 a week and looking after four children on her own.
Find out how chickens have changed this family's lives forever and helped us at Lengo develop a new family sponsorship program that has the potential to change the lives of a whole community.
Sport is globally recognised as a tool to facilitate positive social change and is a practical tool to engage young people in their communities through volunteering, collaboration and positive role modelling. Read more about how Lengo Football Academy uses sport as a tool to alleviate poverty in Tanzania.
Recently thirteen-year-old Max Martin heard Lengo Football Academy founder Emanuel Saakai speak at his school, Templestowe College, and was inspired to donate a percentage of his profits to help Lengo support our young players. Here are some words from Max on what motivated him to donate his money to help disadvantaged youth in Tanzania.