In February, 2005 Grassroot Soccer (GRS) established a flagship site in Lusaka, Zambia. As a bustling urban center, Lusaka faces the staggering challenges HIV poses to many large cities in southern Africa. At the end of 2005, UNICEF estimated the adult HIV prevalence rate in Zambia to be at 17%, or 1 in 6 adults infected, one of the highest infection rates in the world. Although progress has been made over the last several years as the 2008 UNAIDS report now estimates Zambia’s HIV prevalence rate at 15.2%, the HIV epidemic must still be addressed with vigor and compassion.
In the last four years, GRS has partnered with many local and international non-governmental organizations, private companies, and the government to implement its HIV Education and Life Skills curriculum. These include Africa Directions Community Center (AD), Barclays Bank, the Kalusha Bwalya Foundation, Breakthrough Sports Academy (BSA), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Engen, the Ministry of Education, Project Concern International (PCI), Africare, and others.
Our current projects include working with the Peer Education Team at Africa Directions, partnering with the Ministry of Education and Physical Education Teachers to deliver the GRS curriculum in Community and Government Schools, working with a group of promising young football players and coaches called PEP FC, and revitalizing the GRS programs in Mayukwayukwa and Maheba Refugee camps with the help of Breakthrough Sports Academy.
A staff of ten, including Zambians and Americans, manage the GRS programs out of our Lusaka office. This dedicated team, along with the staff and volunteers that have come before, have collectively worked to oversee the graduation of over 23,165 youth through the GRS curriculum and indirectly exposed an additional 68,000 people to HIV prevention messages in Zambia.
GRS has worked in partnership with several local Zambian organizations including Africa Directions/Bauze Community Youth Center, Sport in Action (SIA), Kalusha Bwalya Foundation, Zambia Scouts, SCORE, Chiparamba Football Club, Breakthrough Sports Academy (BSA) and the Ministry of Education among others to successfully trained more than 150 Zambians as GRS Educators.
Contact GRS Zambia
phone: +260 211 260 042
252 B Twin Palm Road, Ibex Hill
P.O. Box 371
P/Bag E10, Arcades