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Changing Lives Through Rugby

  • By MILLIE KARIUKI · Kenya, SSA

 

Changing Lives Through Rugby

Main aim of the charity

Our Mission is to use the sport of rugby to enhance Sustainable Development Goals and the well-being of children and youths living in urban slums and rural areas through Life Skills, Education and Professional Development, and Community Welfare programs. In particular, We focuses on the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 1: Ending poverty; SDG 3: Good health and well-being; SDG 4: Quality education; SDG 5: Gender Equality; SDG 10: Reduction of inequalities. Our approach is driven by the belief that our beneficiaries have huge untapped potential that would be very beneficial to the communities in the future. Investing in them represents for the organization a gateway to a more resilient and sustainable future for our beneficiaries.

How the employee got involved and why

I love watching sports and more specifically Rugby. In Kenya Rugby is a big sports and is loved by people of all caliber. Almost all weekends there are people playing rugby at RFUEA whether for fun on for a tournament. I frequently attend these events and this is where I met one gentleman who introduced me to Shamas. He said they needed volunteers who can help mentor the kids in one way or the other. I thought that was a wonderful idea, plus they usually train on Sundays which in not a working day thus meaning I could be able to attend those sessions. I went one Sunday afternoon just to watch and was surprised to see the number of kids that had showed up for practice. This really motivated me and I felt deep within that I need to get involved and also since I work for the most international company, I can talk to marketing department to organize a CSR event whereby DHLers can go to these kids and try to mentor them or encourage them to be better and aim higher and give them hope since they come from 5 of the poorest urban slums and rural areas (i.e. Kibera, Mathare, Eastlands, Kangemi, and Ruiru area).

What work does the employee do for charity?

Mainly is mentoring and to using the sport of rugby to enhance Sustainable Development Goals and the well-being of children and youths living in urban slums and rural areas through Life Skills, Education and Professional Development, and Community Welfare programs. I am specifically involved in the Rugby sector where we use the sport of rugby as the pathway to enter the communities, ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all beneficiaries. Shamas consists of 5 programs that are built around the philosophy of:  1. Coaching basic rugby skills  2. Nurturing the ability to make the right decisions.  3. Instilling leadership qualities.  4.Building resilience and developing character.

What impact would winning have on the charity?

This will mean a lot to the needy children as they can have funds to continue supporting their program which keeps them away from the evils found in slum areas. They will be kept away from Drugs, away from engaging in early sex, away from robbery. The kids in the program and many more that come day In day out will be able to make better life choices from the teachings and mentoring they get from DHL Staffs and other stakeholders.

What impact would winning have on the employee?

I will really have great Joy in my heart knowing I assisted a young one who will be the future leader make right decisions and be better girls/boys and possibly become professional rugby players.

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