Even before coming to Moscow for the sixth annual Football For Friendship Children’s Social Programme that ended yesterday, Lengo’s Laigwanani Mollel felt like the luckiest boy in the world.
When Patrick Sakira’s parents passed away, his Grandmother stepped in to bring him up. He himself had always liked children and dreamed of being a teacher. He was fortunate to be sponsored through school by PCLC Africa, and completed his O levels, narrowly missing on one credit for an A level. Under the sponsorship of an American couple, he began teachers’ college in Arusha, but 18 months later, just a few months short of graduation, his dream came to an abrupt halt.
Tanzania has some of the most beautiful nature reserves in the world. There are 16 national parks and 29 game reserves and it is the home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa. There are a large variety of animal life, including elephants, leopards, buffalo, zebras, cheetahs, wilderbeast, giraffes, hippopotamuses and various antelopes. Tarangire is one of these national parks that is located near Arusha in the north of Tanzania and is a popular tourist destination.
Lengo Football Academy is partnering with Football for Friendship (F4F) in 2018 to bring the FIFA World Cup dream to reality for 24 youth from Tanzania, New Zealand, Australia and 9 Pacific Islands countries. F4F is an annual International Children’s social programme organised by Gazprom, an international company supporting global social projects and is setting new standards in relation to social policy.
The bright early morning African sun streams through the empty window of Evelyn's tiny one –room hut, illuminating in relief on her face a rare moment of reflection.
Proud, dignified, determined and, by her own account, happy, there is no trace in either her gaze or demeanour of the struggle daily life presents her just to keep going – and not just herself but all the many who have long depended upon and been nurtured and cared for by her. No sense of the wicked misfortune others dealt the same hand might see. No notion of the sacrifices. No self pity.
Imagine a trip that combines the largest mountain in Africa, Maasai culture, football and changing lives. This was our Australian volunteer Sponsorship Manager's experience when she recently visited our academy in Tanzania.
Danielle Davidson is an adventure seeker and importantly someone who wants to make a difference. She volunteers her time at Lengo Football Academy to help us build relationships with businesses in Australia and Tanzania.