Thirteen Weeks and Counting

Monday of week thirteen in Lusaka. Time flies. Here are some pictures from my first three months that at least give you an idea of what I do over here:

Here I am presenting some data at our annual planning meeting. This specific slide demonstrated how children who graduate from our programs actually learn something. We measure this by having them fill in a pre-test their first session, and then a post-test after their last (10th) session. This way we at least get an idea of what knowledge they gained from our GRS curriculum. As an Monitoring & Evaluations Intern, I am dealing with such data.
Our Programs Coordinator (to the right) is preparing our GRS coaches/mentors/peer-educators for an intervention. Intervention is the term we use for when we implement the GRS curriculum/program in schools/football teams around Lusaka. The coaches are volunteers, most often high school graduates, who have been trained to implement the GRS curriculum. They play a fundamental role for the organization, and some of the funding that Grassroot Soccer receives goes into Coach Development.
Football practice at a school after school hours. The GRS coaches just finished up an intervention with the kids before this practice session begun. Good fields are rare in Lusaka. It also hasn’t rained for many months so it is very dusty and dry right now. The rains usually come around this time of the year but the region is currently experiencing a drought. Tough times for Zambia.
A film crew working for FIFA was in Lusaka to document Grassroot Soccer activities. They interviewed some of our coaches and got some footage from a GRS session. Given FIFA’s current all-time low reputation, it is important for them to fund projects such as this and show the good side of football.
Picture not related to work: Getting ready for my weekly 11v11 game. This is probably the best (turf) field in Lusaka. We had the field booked for 16.00 but it ended up starting at 17.30. Typical. In the background you can see the Heroes Stadium. It was built by the Chinese who has a very strong presence here in Zambia. Chinese construction everywhere. What is interesting about this stadium is that it apparently does not meet FIFA regulations, meaning that no FIFA games can be played in this stadium. A lot of money wasted on that one. Although, the stadium does fill up for various religious events.