Akame Girls' Soccer Program

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Akame Girls' Soccer Program
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Community Name: Akame
Country: Togo
Volunteer(s) Name: K Manire
Volunteer(s) Homestate: Massachusetts
Funds community contributed: $562
Year of project approval: 2003
Projects started in Togo 2003 (7).
Akame Girls' Soccer Program, Dankpen Initiative to Oppose Forced Marriage, Datcha School Construction, Djabagbal Primary School Reconstruction, Gape Animal Husbandry Grasscutter (Agouti) Project, Kpele-Akata Women's Development Project, Tchamba Community Basketball Court Construction
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Other Projects in Togo (37).
Akame Girls' Soccer Program, Atakpame HIV/AIDS Murals, Atakpamé HIV/AIDS Run for World AIDS Day, Atakpamé HIV/AIDS Run for World AIDS Day, Babadé Community Library and Children's Study and Recreation Area, Babadé Community Library and Children's Study and Recreation Area, Bafilo Radio Station Project, Camp UNITE 2009, Center for Community Development, Computers for Martin Luther King Jr School in Kpalimé, Computers for Martin Luther King Jr School in Kpalimé, Constructing a Grain Warehouse, Dankpen Initiative to Oppose Forced Marriage, Datcha School Construction, Djabagbal Primary School Reconstruction … further results
State Flag of Massachusetts.svgOther Projects by Volunteers from Massachusetts (9).
Akame Girls' Soccer Program, Margie (meg) aldrich, Lee Alton, Azerbaijani Boys Leadership Experience (A.B.L.E) Camp, Jesse Bailey, Comprehensive English Textbooks for Mukachevo Secondary School No. 6, Michael T. Jones, Guerin-Kouka Community Library, Kavola Clinic Remodeling Project, Kryvyi Rih Economic Institute University Bookstore, Paul Locke, Joanne Logan, David Mulholland, Pampa Grande Library, Benjamin Rae … further results
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Info about the Akame Girls' Soccer Program

The girls' soccer team started in September 2004, at the initiation of the local girls who requested that the Peace Corps Volunteer coach them. Since then, three coaches have been recruited from the community and a guidance committee has been established. The girls attend practices each Saturday and Sunday, before or after their family chores. The Team has also established a garden, for which they have assumed all responsibility. In Akame families live in small one room houses with thatched roofs. The women carry their water from a nearby stream or a local pump, during the dry season. In Togo girls are less likely than boys to be able to continue school if fees are difficult for their families. Allowing the girls to play soccer empowers and strengthens their confidence. The guidance committee provides the team with life skills workshops which encourage the girls to make decisions and consider options available to them. The villagers who compose the committee routinely encourage the girls in pursuit of their goals. The garden provides them opportunity to pursue better nutrition and earn income from the sale of produce. They learn both gardening skills and basic marketing skills for selling their vegetables. The next stage of gardening will be a tree nursery which will provide them knowledge about reforestation, and the environmental impact of trees. The proposal requests funds to purchase shoes, socks, uniforms and transportation to away matches. Currently the girls are working and running barefoot. Uniforms and shoes will make it feasible for them to play other villages, seeing other parts of their region, probably for the first time, in many cases!

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