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Festus O. Juma
Founder and Executive Director
Using football to attract young people, Society Empowerment Project (SEP) provides life skills, sports leadership and management training.
With Kenya’s highest rate of infection, the Nyanza Province faces high mortality rates, large numbers of AIDS orphans and poor educational opportunities.
To combat this, SEP works closely with AIDS awareness and treatment groups and local schools to provide young people with training to reduce the level of infection. We also strive to improve the livelihood of its participants through agricultural training: in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, it provides assistance to families in small-scale agricultural production.
SEP is addressing these critical issues through two unique approaches: youth developmental football and youth self-help agriculture. SEP leverages football to mobilize, engage, and teach life skills to raise awareness and develop community leaders.
In addition, SEP’s self-help agricultural program supports food security and financially empowers youth to create a sustainable income stream to fund their education.
• Enabling over 350 youth to attend school that could not afford it
• Providing over 1250 youth with life skill development through football.
• Engaging and empowering over 800 girls through football, education, and agriculture.
SEP has enjoyed recognition for the success in its development through football activities by being nominated for the Global Barcelona Sports Award (GBS) for the best practices through football and Agriculture in 2012, hence was awarded a bronze trophy to that effect. In the same year 2012, SEP was nominated for yet another global award- Sports for Peace Award given by the Principality of Monaco for the best use of football for peace building and peace keeping. SEP was also nominated for the prestigious Barclay Beyond Sports for the use of Football and Agriculture for Employability and Enterprise.
This implies SEP has 1 award – Bronze Trophy; and 2 nominations