Building resilience through sports
Ha Turupu Red Team Celebrating its victory against six neighbouring
Using sports as part of psycho-social support Thabana Morena, Mafeteng catchment area has found a way of making social cohesion work.
The Lesotho Red Cross Society Orphans and Vulnerable (OVC) project has collaborated with local teams, soccer couches, chiefs, sports committees, volunteers as well as Ministry of Gender, Sports and Recreation and the community to bring OVC, Young People and the community to support children.
The project holds each month two competitions where local children teams compete for a quarterly roaming trophy in soccer. These competitions have caught the interest of all the community members including local business people who are supportive of the events and assist through giving children soft drinks, when playing against each other in an inclusive setting.
The sports have proved to bring peace among villages; children compete and show sportsmanship by sharing, supporting each other during hard times and when dealing with cases of the lost loved ones. Other children have reported making friends during sporting events.
“Since I joined the Red Cross soccer teams and trained with our coach I have became a better player and I was enlisted among good players at school. This has made me proud and I now approach life positively than before when I was shy and withdrawn. Many of my class mates and other students look up to me as I also play for my home team. My class teacher is very supportive and helps me to improve my mathematics grades, I am very happy for joining the Red Cross, and I look forward to being a First Aider so that I can assist people and players. (Words of Thabiso 14 year old middle-fielder)