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Empowering Young Girls through Sports

 Hundreds of girls attended at the YUSOM girls' empowerment basketball games in Eastliegh, click for more

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From left YUSOM chairman Farhan, Mr Botan, Mr Isomarey, Mr Baskuwale and YUSOM sports chairman Abdijamal Halane line up after meeting, click for more

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Empowering Young Girls through Sports

Girls at the basketball tournament in Eastliegh's fellowship centre

11th January 2012

Nairobi, 11-1-2012: YUSOM is a non-profit organization with a focus on community based activities touching on social, economic and political life of the youth. Our activities for the youth include education, health care, livelihood and sustainable development, peace promotion, improving skills, fighting against human trafficking, environment and sanitation issues, rehabilitation of social infrastructure and reconstruction, human right, and responding to disaster and emergencies.


YUSOM in the year 2011, has successfully concluded “Girls’ basketball tournament”. The tournament on 3st November to 10th December gained momentum as the magnet behind the match attraction was seen as a successful indicator since majority of youth who were reached were able to participate and share their views on how their lives had been affected in different aspects, appreciating YUSOM for organizing such an event, bringing them together and trying to solve the problems that were facing them. YUSOM came up with a theme for organizing the games” youth are assets, value them” since most of the youth population today are faced with unemployment and therefore find themselves idle which leads them to resort to drug abuse,pre-marital sexual behaviour, domestic conflict, bad culture habits, stealing leading to their lives being wasted. As a result, YUSOM ‘s initiative was to set up a sports event as this was a strong tool for bringing the youth from different backgrounds together to assist in addressing the issues affecting the youth of today.

In our society today, young women are the most vulnerable succumbing to issues like unemployment, drug abuse, pre-marital sex, Hiv/Aids, and domestic conflict which was the topics discussed and the mitigating factors on each of the issues were top of the agenda. The main reason for organizing the basketball tournament was basically to use it as an avenue to reach out to the young women and sensitize them on these pertinent issues by coming up with a way forward. This event was efficient since all the relevant issues affecting the youth were brought into picture such as the need to engage the youth in viable and youth friendly programs, encouraging the youth to unite and share their challenges together.

Eastleigh, a suburb of Nairobi, Kenya. It is located east of the Central business district. Predominantly inhabited by Somalis, Young people remain at the centre of the HIV/AIDS, drug abuse, conflict, gender inequality, and immoral values among others in terms of rates of infection, vulnerability, impact, and potential for change. Most of them feel disproportionately neglected by the society. They face the economic and social impact channelled by these issues but they must be at the centre of putting into actions which will make a positive change in their lives. Organized events such as sports events provide prevention strategies which will make them change their behaviour in ways that reduces their vulnerability.



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