I received an email earlier today from Sughra Hussain and Robbie Barkell from Alive and Kicking UK.
They have just relaunched their website with the South African World Cup on the horizon. They employ Kenyans and Zambians to hand stitch footballs (soccer balls) and volleyballs. They educate young people about AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases.
For those new to their humanitarian initiatives, here are some key points from their website:
"Vision: Alive & Kicking's vision is of an Africa where every child can play with a real ball, where thousands of jobs are sustained in the production of balls, and where sport contributes to the eradication of deadly disease.World Figures Lend Their Support
Approach: Alive & Kicking believes that by combining social entrepreneurship with sport's mass appeal, lasting economic and social development can be achieved in Africa.
Mission: Alive & Kicking strives to help children exercise their right to play, to create employment for communities in Africa and to help raise awareness of preventable disease. This will continue to be achieved through the African manufacture and distribution of sports balls and the provision of appropriate health awareness materials for young people."
Didier Drogba of Chelsea FC and Cote d'Ivoire with
Alive and Kicking Director, Will Prochaska.
Emmanuel Eboue of Arsenal FC and Cote d'Ivoire.
During a visit to Kenya as a Senator, President
Barack Obama learned about the goals of Alive and Kicking
from A&K Kenya's director Martin Barnard (left).
All images courtesy of Alive and Kicking UK.