SEP : Development Through sports
I’m Jos Schaart. I got the opportunity to work as intern at Society Empowerment Project (SEP) in the year 2014. As a sports management student from Hanze University, Netherlands, my roles were as follows; 1. Sports events planning and management – This was very useful for SEP National Annual Soccer tournament and educational camp. I helped plan and manage an event that brough together a total of 20 teams across the country, consisting of 10 girls’ teams. 2. Planning and delivering coaching sessions for boys’ teams of under 14, 15 and 17 of age. 3. Planning and delivering coaching course – workshops to the SEP coaching staff, using the KNVB methodology. Based on my solid educational foundation and the passion for sports and fitness I was in charge of talent acquisition and training, program development, monitoring and enhancing performance and other sporting events and programs. The few years I spent at SEP taught me that there is no manual in football and especially when nurturing young talents. The experience I treasure the most is training the U14 team because from that I learn a lot about the sport, growth, talents and life as a whole. With this age, it is very possible to plan and deliver sports-based life skills coaching sessions. Through sport we impart courage, teamwork, discipline and many other skills vital for a person to live a better life. Training kids challenges you to want to learn more ways of speaking in a language they can understand. You have to know them individually and tailor you’re training in a way that can cater for each of their needs. From this I have learned patience, empathy, passion and has made me a better communicator, instructor and coach. I am currently the CRS Manager at FC Emmen, Netherlands.
My name is Carolyne Rufa, a continuing student at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology. Am pursuing a Diploma in Public Relations and Creative Advertising. My first encounter with Society Empowerment Project was through its Women’s Football team at a tournament. By then I was an opponent playing for my university’s football teams as a goalkeeper. I was excited when I secured an opportunity to pursue my internship with SEP in 2020. I decided to join SEP ladies’ team because I was to spend some time with the organization. This meant that I was getting both my educational and sporting skills improved at a go. I also became the coordinator of one of their main MIT projects that focuses on menstrual hygiene. Because of this I opted for online classes so that I could juggle and get more life and educational skills from the organization. My experience at Society Empowerment Project as an intern has been the best I have ever had. I have been able to improve my public relations skills by ensuring a good and reliable relationship between Society Empowerment Project and its stakeholders. The organization gave me a chance to meet and interact with a lot of people both nationally and internationally thus enabling networking and creating professional connections. My team has been able to achieve a lot of progress on menstrual hygiene as we have been able to produce reusable pads, period panties and even wash bags to compliment them. Working on the project has been interesting as well as educative. The internship has reinforced my career goals and I pray that my continued stay at SEP will bring forth even more experience.
My name is Sharon Andeso Omani and I am twenty-six years old. I joined Society Empowerment Projects in 2019 for an internship program after graduating from Moi University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication. While joining the organization I had an aim of understanding how the entire organization works and shied away from restricting myself to one specific department. Since the start of my internship, I have felt like this is the place I need to be because I am passionate about Women Empowerment and also love sports. The first days of my training entailed photo and videography of SEP’s projects and social media management making sure that they have quality content to improve their visibility and interaction with donors and the society as a whole. With time I have been able to engage in other departments of the organization especially the reproductive health branch. Here we focus a lot of menstrual hygiene and how we can empower girls and women to stay in school and in their places of works during that difficult time of the month. The internship has caused me to rethink my educational goals. Initially I had planned to further studies on communication but am now thinking about pursuing Gender Studies. I can in future use my photography and communication skills to make issues concerning and affecting girls and women such as inequality and sexual violence visible. I am fortunate enough to work under the direct mentorship of the Director of the Society Empowerment Project Mr. Festus Juma. This means that I will take back with me more experience that I had imagined. Society Empowerment Project is not only providing me with educational experience but also nurturing and empowering me to become a responsible member of the society. My internship has been one of the most fruitful experiences I have had in my lifetime that is why am still here even after the twelve month I originally applied for elapsed.