Welcome To Samba Sports

October 7, 2018

SambaSports Youth Agenda is a social platform created in February 2018 by youth and friends of youth from Kwale County, Kenya, to inspire and influence behavioural transformation in young boys and girls, through the use of targeted, integrated Sports&Skits activities.
The formation of SambaSports Youth Agenda was necessitated by a growing concern on the rate at which, teenagers and youth from Kwale, and Coast region in general, were degenerating to junks and drug addicts, juvenile criminals, forced labourers as well as suffering massive cases of trafficking in persons and the HIV/AIDS scourge.

State Of the Problem in Kwale

Kwale County is a proven hot spot for some of the most sensitive, emergent social problems, and their damaging outcomes. From the available statistics, Kwale paints a grim picture in relation to drugs and substance abuse, child trafficking and sexual exploitation, radicalization and violent extremism as well as youth susceptibility to HIV and AIDS pandemic.

  • On Drugs and substance abuse, the UNODC estimates that Kenya by 2017 had about 18,000 heroin addicts who progressed to IDUs (intravenous/injectable Drug Users). 10,000 of these cases are in Coast region, and Kwale alone account for at least 4500 cases! Most of these IDUs get tempted/recruited into drug abuse tendencies between the ages of 14-18 years, mostly when in transition to, or while in secondary school.
  • On HIV/AIDS pandemic, National AIDS Control Council, NACC, places Kwale as among the counties with highest HIV/AIDS prevalence of 7.9%, translating into around 52,000 kwale Citizens being HIV positive, with 35% of these people being adolescents and young youths between the ages of 10 to 22 years. Each year, at least 1005 adolescents in Kwale contract HIV.
  • On trafficking in persons, Kwale is the worst hit for two reasons, its proximity to the Tanzania border and the Mombasa sea port, and the fact that Diani is a global priority tourists destination. Statistics on child labour, teenage sex with tourists, and “beach syndrome” have completely disenfranchised efforts to educate children in Kwale.
  • Lastly, and most sensitive, is the question of radicalization and violent extremism in Kwale. In the last 4 years alone, at least 33 locals of Kwale, all Digos, were shot dead around extremist circumstances. Most of this happened along the corridor of Tiwi, Diani,Ukunda and Mwabungo. Human Rights Agenda put the number of Al shabaab returnees from kwale at 500 in the year 2017. The county commissioner, Mr. KutswaOlaka, was reported to have announced that only 48 returnees from Al Shabaab agreed to engage in the government amnesty, while more than 300 returnees were still at large, within Kwale. It was also anonymously reported that some returnees were busy recruiting adolescent boys and girls within Kwale, and hypnotizing them with radical ideas and behaviours.

The above statistics paints a worrisome trend. A trend that needs to be nipped or at least be mitigated from the root causes. Our young boys, mostly in their teenage years, are naive and vulnerable to bad influences. To make it worse, they are in the transition stage of adolescence, and might seek levels of influence, power and entitlement that are very dangerous to themselves, and the society. Something needs to be done to protect the adolescents and youths from themselves.

The Initiative
SambaSports uses the Targeted, Integrated Sports&Skits approach to “colour the world” of young people and to minimize their pull into juvenile habits predisposing them to drug abuse and juvenile crime. By making the lives of young people attractive, worth waking up to, with opportunities to explore positive influencing places and things, and the constant platforms to express themselves verbally, emotionally and skillwise, SambaSports greatly mitigates the vulnerabilities and risks of adolescents and teenagers to indulge in drug abuse, juvenile Crime and violent extremism.

The element of targeted and integrated can be expounded thus:

 Targeted because the initiative targets to engage adolescents boys and girls who risk the exposure to drug abuse, juvenile crime and promiscuity tendencies. Being in a physiological, mental, psychological and social transition, adolescents are predisposed to various decision making dilemmas that leave them vulnerable to abuse of drugs and aggression if not well guided. SambaSports reaches out to them, excites them positively, gives them a platform to express themselves, and an opportunity to seek guidance, support, advice and clarity on several matters affecting them.

 Integrated because the sports events include life skills technique training sessions, sensitization talks by organizations dealing with drug addicts rehabilitation and peace building, edutainment skits and performances to drive lessons into the adolescents, guest speeches by reknown academicians, engineers, doctors, advocates and other role models who motivate them to focus on education and discipline as a way of marketing their talents and shaping their lives.
Apart from the targeted integrated sports and skits, SambaSports also offers three more products to further prevent adolescents and teenagers from drug abuse and juvenile crime. These are:

1. Parental engagement to help mothers understand their roles in preventing way ward habits for their adolescent children. Trainings for parents done on this services.

2. Community service and motivational exposure visits for adolescents to colleges, universities and industries to influence the desire to build various careers.

3. Safe incubation Spaces, including resource centres for adolescents and teenagers learn life skills, to read motivational books and have access to an array of positively influential reading materials such as magazines, researches, journals, papers on matters affecting young people

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Meet The Team

Abdalla Kidato
Chairman

Abdallah is a genius in youth matters. He is mature, pragmatic and dynamic. He has worked with several youth empowerment programs in Kwale, and is now a trainer of Trainers on lifeskills techniques.He is a reliable engager, and a go getter who liaises for and on behalf of SambaSports.

Contacts: 0704 932 040

Mohamed Mwachausa
Head of Communication & Partnerships

Mohamed holds a Masters degree in Project Planning and management from the university of Nairobi, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations Management. Mohamed brings to SambaSports, at least 14 years’ experience in managing community development projects at a significantly high level, across the Coast and North and North Eastern Regions of Kenya.

Mohamed is a co-founder of KWEA (Kwale Welfare and Education Association), an organization supporting education in Kwale since July 2009. Mohamed’s CV has been attached (as at August 2017) for your reference. You may search Mohamed Ali Mwachausa on google, on facebook and twitter as @MMwachausa.
You could check KWEA on www.kweacbo.org, and facebook group as KWEA and twitter as @kwea_cbo

Contacts:

Email: sambasportsyouthagenda@gmail.com
Phone: 0722 823 278
Skype: Chaucer70
twitter: @Samba4Youth
Facebook page: SambaSports youth agenda
Instagram: sambasports youth agenda
Youtube Account: sambasports youth agenda

Cephas Otieno
Member
Mwanaisha Kuwania
Girls Soccer Mobilizer

(Girls Soccer Mobilizer and Edutainment Coordinator)

Mwanaisha is a thespian. She is a creative artist, and has had contracts in several radio and television soaps in Kenya, including Saida program on Citizen TV and Maisha Magic East, in which she acted as Nzale. She worked for S.A.F.E Pwani as an edutainment facilitator and actor.

NB: Edutainment is the art of entertainment that has educative lessons, especially on sensitizations against drugs, peacebuilding, countering violence extremism, HIV/AIDS prevention, etc.Mwanaisha holds a diploma in journalism from Mombasa Aviation College. During her stint in the college, she was the best actor in the college, and she emerged the National best actor in 2012, in a national drama festival in Kisumu.

She is technically a gifted photographer, and she interned as the focal photographer in the Governor’s Press Service, Kwale County, in 2015. She also had a stint at Kenya News Agency, Mombasa.Recently, she was the Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) field facilitator in Kwale, where she was facilitating Youth training on business skills and entrepreneurship.
Contacts: 0712 493 601

Juma Mwakishando
Trainer & mobilizer for tournaments

Juma is a football wizard! He played football at the highest level in Kenya, including playing for Mathare in Nairobi 2004 -226, KBS 227-229, Pumwani Sportiff 2010-2012. Juma enrolled for coaching lessons, and is an accredited FIFA coach, accredited FIFA junior soccer coach, and has the prestigious KNVB coaching badge from Netherlands.

Juma started coaching youth teams in Nairobi in 2013, then came back home to Likoni where he started the Likoni Community Football League. The league has been a great success, and is all over on social media. Check it on facebook.

Donors started coming to support Likoni football league, and because he had not signed any MOUs with the donors, he found himself being fought by committee members who wanted to control the finances.  Juma left LCFL last year to start fresh ventures in Tiwi, Kwale County.He had coaching roles with LICODEP organization and Mtongwe Community Initiative MCI.

Juma is currently the school coach for Tiwi Girls Secondary school, as well as getting short stints with other school teams and other soccer events.Specifically, Juma commands a lot of respect in the football fraternity in Coast region, and is a massive mobilizer and sporting events organizer.

Contacts: 0714 927 133

Mwanasiti Khamis
Resource Education Facilitator

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Hassan Said Mwenda
Member

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Saria Goga
Drug Abuse Counselor

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Biasha Said
Member

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Ali Mabavu
Member

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