FOOTBALL FOR HUNGER RELIEF

As the hunger crisis continues in most parts of Zambia, prevalently the Southern Province, more people are facing starvation with each passing day.

With pivotal support from the ATD Foundation, the Livingstone Youth Football Academy is playing a role in supporting affected areas and families through the Football for Hunger Relief project.

The campaign donates relief maize meal to areas most afflicted by the drought which has left thousands to face starvation as a result of little or no yields from the previous farming season.

The campaign donates relief maize meal to areas most afflicted by the drought which has left thousands to face starvation as a result of little or no yields from the previous farming season.

Nakawa is one area affected by the drought that hindered farming activities and has thus left many families without food to sustain them through the year.  The distribution attracted villagers from the surrounding area of Nakawa Community Pre-School to access relief food.

Before the distribution began, LYFA peer educators gave a presentation on HIV prevention and family planning.

The locals were enthralled by the presentation and had many inquiries into the various methods of family planning as taught by the peer educators. The dialogue was a highlight of the day as the participation from the locals in the discussion was overwhelming.

The villagers were extremely happy with the assistance rendered. The turnout was good and spirits were restored in Nakawa.

One visually impaired senior had to be led down to the community school to collect some maize meal for him and his household.

At the end of the distribution, the locals were entertained with a football match. The under 17 team and some senior girls played a friendly ceremonial 7-a-side games with some young boys of the area. The game ended in a 2-0 victory for the Nakawa side.

Friendly 7-a-side game after the distribution of relief maize meal at Nakawa Community Pre-School

The effects of the drought are massive and thousands of families in 5 of Zambia’s 10 provinces are at Crisis level. The rural population is the most vulnerable and in most need of assistance.

By Kennan Zulu

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