Organizing for change through sport: A case of Eddien Sports Trust
Their vision is to develop personal skills, enhance social status, empower economically and improve the health of women and the girl child through sport. Eddien Sports Trust was estaablished in 2017 and their work invests in skill development in a wide range of sporting codes, social status enhancement through meaningful participation of youth in sports and economic empowerment through income generating projects such as training referees and coaches of the beneficiaries. Eddien goes a step further and improves on health awareness by educating women on health issues that affect them such as the sexual related issues,and gender based violence.
Eddien sports Trust has uptodate been involved in technology for development through ensuring that one of their sports teams are part of the global Technovation Challenge that is coordinated by Youth for Innovation Trust locally. They have alsohelped to raise funds for a young lady called Elizabeth Ndlovu to enable her to travel to South Africa to participate in the 10km competition race.
What Eddien Sports Trust is currently doing:
Evening wellness program – Eddien offers evening training sessions to the community at an affordable prize. Main idea is to encourage those with busy work lifestyles to improve their wellbeing.
Promoting positive youth development through sport – is a program they do within children’s homes, at the moment we do it with only one home in Bulawayo.
Power walk – To be held every 25th of May (Africa Day), the Power Walk is an annual event with the main aim of raising consciousness among Africans on the benefits of being physically active and also to collect donations that will be distributed in a selected children’s homes and adult homes in Bulawayo.
2019 upcoming programs
Eddien has recently partnered with Thembalethu Foundation and are in the planning phase of a program that will address the rising alcohol and drug abuse tendencies of the young people in Bulawayo.
Eddien is also looking forward to working on the Great sportsmanship program – it is a UK program that we will be pioneering in Africa as its ambassadors. The owner of the program Mr Paul Smith has given them the greenlight to start working on it.