Playing for Life was set up in 2005 by RTE TV Presenter, Tracy Piggott, following a trip to Ethiopia.
By asking African Communities what they need, Playing for Life aims to provide funding for Educational and Sporting facilities using local staff with the long term aims of employment and self-sufficiency.
In Malawi, we completed a programme with the assistance of Irish Aid, where we built vocational education training centres. In tandem with the construction project, we ran a comprehensive HIV/Aids Health awareness and Life Skills programme through the secondary schools system. We have found it to be a fantastic teaching tool for the 30,000 children and young adults we reached. We have sponsored groups of Students through Vocational school 97% are now in work or have set up their own businesses generating income for their own and extended families.
The Playing for Life Community Centres in Sakata, Malawi and Arusha, Tanzania are in constant use by all sections of the community e.g. sports matches and training, meetings, weddings and choir and band practice. The money earned contributes greatly towards the upkeep of the buildings and local businesses have been started to provide the services required to run these centres. The Resource Centre in Arusha, Tanzania, caters for Community based teaching modules e.g. English language classes geared toward the Tourist Industry (Arusha is one of the base camps for expeditions to nearby Kilimanjaro) and all the computers donated by WIT are set up in the Technology Room. The Playing for Life graduates are now teaching the latest students. The Health centre provides Physical Therapy and rehabilitation of disabled and mentally handicapped members of the community.
We have also built school blocks in Nyumbani, Kenya and Adrigat, Ethiopia which are now incorporated into the existing schools and/or orphanage. All our work in Africa is done using local contractors providing local employment and using goods and services purchased from the community. This strategy has proved extremely effective in providing poor communities with opportunities to train, set up businesses and earn a living and at the same time improving their general health and wellbeing and those of their families.
We always need volunteers with energy and enthusiasm and I hope we can convince you to travel to Tanzania with us on our next project in 2013 for approximately 12 days. Volunteers will be asked to fundraise to cover all expenses (flights, transfers, accommodation, meals & water) and fund the project. If you require any further information or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our office is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 1pm (045482479) or check out our website www.playingforlife.ie.