Pride eyes: Moshi, Tanzania
- Words: Christian Dalsgaard
- Images: Matea Ilieva
- Edited by: Michael Hendricks
Based at International School Moshi, our week here was a bit different to what we had in Kenya, Uganda and Arusha. In running a community coaching program, we focused on emphasising our PRIDE values (Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Discipline and Enjoyment) throughout the week, culminating in a rugby ‘fun day’, which took place last Friday.
The children we were coaching came from several locations – one group from Kaloleni, two orphanages, Simba’s Footprint and Angels Gate, and one youth outreach center, Pamoja Tunaweza — all of whom G4S Tanzania transported to and from the coaching grounds at International School Moshi every day.
The Pamoja students were a little older, as they had boys up to the age of 20 in their system. When not playing rugby, they work as craftsmen for the orphanage, helping to raise money by creating and selling bracelets, necklaces and much more.
The coach education this week was focused on the Tanzanian coaches of tomorrow, the older Pamoja boys. Wednesday afternoon was spent learning how to deal with different situations that can occur while coaching – and how to adapt a session that fits the needs of the children.
Meanwhile, the rainy season was making its presence known, pouring on us almost every day that week!
“The coach education was really great. I learned a lot which I can use, not only in coaching, but also my everyday life.”
Patoran Medea, Pamoja Tunaweza
“I really like coming out here to have fun and learn new things everyday.”
Omari, Angels Gate Orphanage
Before the coaching and values sessions with the local children in the afternoons, we coached students at ISM, ranging from 5-15 years old. For the younger ones, we ran fun games and, as the older students were more familiar with rugby, their sessions focused on aspects of the game to make them play even better.
G4S Tanzania’s Arusha office helped us throughout the week with refreshments and snacks for the children and the coaches, while also delivering life skill education to the kids. This focused on practical skills, like hygiene and road safety, and they did so well to engage and learn during these activities.
Furthermore, G4S Tanzania once again helped out with on-the-field translation, as our Swahili – though much improved – is still occasionally lacking when we need to explain something more complex.
“This week has been really good, despite the weather not always being on our side. It is great to see the development of the children from day to day, and the enthusiasm they bring with them to every session.”
Francis Msosa, G4S Tanzania, Arusha office
The whole week culminated in a rugby fun day, where the participating children went around the pitch and engaged in activities like running through an obstacle course, kicking the ball on the crossbar challenge, testing their accuracy by passing through hanging hoops, racing bouncy balls and much more.
No matter where you looked, you could see children smiling and having a great time with their friends.
MOSHI COACHING PROGRAM IN NUMBERS
- Number of participating schools/communities: 4 (Pamoja Tunaweza, Kaloleni, Simbas Footprints, Angels Gate)
- Number of children coached: 100
- Boy / girl ratio: 70 / 30
- Percentage of children participating in 3 or more sessions: 90%
Once the day was done and all was packed away, both on the pitch and from our rooms, most of the Pride members went out to the Kikuletwa hot springs. After a bumpy tuk-tuk ride for the last stretch, we got to enjoy a small piece of paradise, with swings going from the banks over the water, allowing for some beautiful – and not-so-beautiful – dives!
After supper we turned in with a big day ahead, our longest journey yet on the road to our last stop in Tanzania, Dar Es Salaam, the country’s largest city.
Michael and Finlay ‘skip’ on to Dar es Salaam [this week]…
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