Futebol dá força came to Zambia in 2013, starting off with one team coached by Mike Ndebele and Jairos Kaoma inspired by Futebol dá força in Mozambique. Since then, Mike and Jairos have led the development and they now run Futebol dá força in Zambia with programs all over Southern Province. And that is exactly what Futebol dá força is all about: that every one of us can change the world – starting on the football field and then further in life. It's as simple as that, as Jairos puts it:
"It is all about confidence, and telling yourself that you can do it. And then you do it."
Zambia at a glance
Zambia, an independent country since 1964 when the British colonial rule ended, is largely dependent on its copper and mining industries and has taken a hard hit from falling world commodity prices. As the country relies on hydroelectric power to a great extent, severe drought has led to a power deficit resulting in daily power cuts. Zambia is also one of the countries in the world that has suffered the most from HIV/AIDS, with almost 14% of the population affected by the virus. Due to this, the population is very young.
Being a girl in Zambia
Traditional hierarchical structures restrict girls' rights and opportunities. Many girls get married before the age of 18 which often results in interrupted schooling or school drop outs. Sexual abuse and domestic violence is normalized and prostitution is widespread to finance school or to sustain the family. Every third Zambian girl between 15-19 years old is already a mother. With very strong Christian churches in the country, sexuality has long been considered taboo and contraceptives are rarely used which further reduces girls' opportunities to decide over their own future.
How we work
We are working to get rid of the taboos and to open up for conversations that are changing attitudes in Southern Province, Zambia and the world. All our programs are run in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Youth & Sports, as well as with the Football Association of Zambia. We have the honor to work with numerous young and engaged voluntary leaders who are determined to give girls the rights and opportunities that they are entitled too - and we can already see results of their hard work.