Preparations Football tournament
On Monday, preparations have been made for the football tournament of next Tuesday. These preparations will be done during the trip to Nakuru, the place where the nearest major supermarkets are. During shopping the options are discussed for the price for the winning team. This is quite a big deal, as it should be a preferable price worth playing for, it should not cost the project group a lot of money and it should be divided or shared with the whole team without causing jealousy. The decision was made to give the winning team a certificate in combination with a training organized by the project group.
As promotion for the football tournament, poster has been spread throughout the surroundings. Also, an announcement about the tournament has been done through the churches. This has had a positive effect, as multiple inhabitants ask about the tournament. At the official starting time of the tournament at 11am, about 75 youngsters already arrived on the football field. Riafriba however is not yet present. Gaylord and Jared arrive at noon, so the tournament can be kicked off. Eight teams have subscribed to the football tournament. At the beginning of the football tournament it becomes clear that a football match is something people are serious about: there has to be a Kenyan Football Federation (KFF) certified referee leading the match, together with two linesmen. Also, the match has to take place on the big field. It seems that the youngsters want to copy the matches they see on TV as much as possible. However, they are not familiar with an official schedule for the tournament, as they normally just compete against the other teams in a random order. Together with the teams some KFF certified referees have arrived, who immediately assume that they are the ones leading the matches. Later that day the need for a professional referee is stated as they temper a small fight on the field. The day is quite successful in terms of attendees as 250 people (including the players) show up for the event. At the edge of the field some informal football, volleyball and basketball games are taking place, as for the volleyball only one team subscribed. It has been decided that the sound system will not be present as that will set back the project team another 3000 Kes. Riafriba however insists on having a sound system. It is decided that Riafriba will organize the sound system and that the costs will be divided among the two parties. So, at 4pm (two hours before the end of the event) a sound system is present which produces bad sound. Despite the bad sound system, the youngsters gather around the sound system, showing that music can create a great vibe at an event like this. Around 6pm the event has finished as the winner of the tournament has been decided: the team Kibunja. Alas, someone of Kibunja grabs the ball and runs away, declaring that their team has won the ball. Later on, it appears that this action has been prepared by the winning team. This incident has put a negative mark on an event that has been unifying according to multiple people.
Evaluation of the tournament
The football tournament has been a mixture of positive surprises and disappointments. Therefore, it has been a fruitful experience from which a lot can be learned. It showed a bit about the culture and the habits of this area. The target of today was unifying the people of this area through an event which causes people to come together and connect with each other. This goal has been reached as a lot of people attended the event, these people sat at the edge of the field in groups, relaxing and watching the match. They informally played football, volleyball and basketball. The project group also took part of the activities of the day, playing football and volleyball together with the youth. In a sense, this was also part of the unifying activity. Also, two new football teams were formed among neighbors in occasion of this tournament. People reacted positive to the tournament and stated that this was the first time a public football tournament took place in this area. There were some things we could learn of the event too:
- We did not reach every one of the people within the target group, as youngsters coming from poor families were not able to attend the main event of the day. The football matches were mainly played between teams that train two or three times a week under supervision of a coach. Females were also excluded from the main event as they did not form football teams. They didn’t attend the event either: just a few of them showed up and sat down far away from the activities.
- Some things got stolen, people try to steal all three balls (of which one succeeded) and a camera lens. Also, the improvised volleyball net and the water tank have been taken by someone.
- The expectations are rarely met, like referees appointing themselves, the demand for a professional match and though the lack of familiarity with an official tournament schedule. Also, the price is much more important than expected as the price is viewed on as the payment of the players. It’s therefore important to explain about the price in advance as it might prevent that the ball will be stolen at the end of the match.
- Watch out for politicians, as a politician tried and make use of the event for his campaign (which could be prevented). By the way, it is normal for politicians to organize these kinds of events, at which attendants are being payed and given lunch. The attendants of the football event therefore expected to be paid or fed, and asked us about it multiple times.
In order to send a positive signal to the community, it is important to organize another event like this as the thrust building effect of the event has been scrambled up at the end. Also, in order to reach unification of the area, it is important that a bigger part of the target group is reached. Therefore it is decided to split up track 3 in two parts: a football competition which will go on for multiple months and a different event in which more youth can participate. This event has to be a little bit more Riafriba their piece of cake, so they can continue organizing events for the youth after the project group heads back to the Netherlands.
A classroom has been arranged at Barakka College, this will be the place where the coming months the lectures will be given. Barakka College has provided the multipurpose hall for free, as it is normally rented. Ivo and brother Thomas will be giving the first lecture in for track 1, which will serve as a frame for the coming lectures. Today the ball is brought back, also the referees come by to apologize for yesterday. They also want some extra wage for leading the matches, although they were the one who appointed them at that position. When the question in return was who was going to pay the project group for their efforts they refrained from their extra wage.
Now that the three tracks have been made more concrete and the first lecture has been given a planning has to be made, as there are only five weeks left in Molo. The rough plan for handing over the project for continuation is as follows: Riafriba will be responsible for running track 3, as the idea behind track 3 (unification of the youth trough workshops and events) complies with the vision of Riafriba. In order to make sure that the intentions of Riafriba remain pure, a group of youngsters should be added to the board of the organization, as for now Jared is the only connection to the youth. Brother Thomas and brother Peter will be responsible for running track 2, in order to involve the church into the project as the church is where our supervisor comes from. Thomas and Peter are capable of teaching entrepreneurship to the youngsters every once in a while, in order to stimulate the minds of the youth. Kevin Brown Bett will be responsible for track 1, as he has said to be willing to work on a youth development project. Kevin is suitable for the job of bringing the track 1 people together at least once a month, as he has an entrepreneurial mindset and belongs to the category ‘youth’ of Molo.
This morning, we met sister Wanda. Wanda is a sister who usually works with volunteers, but she has been in Tanzania for the last couple of months. She will replace sister Lucy for the time being as our connection with the sisters. Due to her experience with volunteers she is really comfortable with speaking with us. Therefore she will ask sister Esther Mwaniki if she can remain as our connection to the sisters after the return of Lucy.
Lecture 1 - track 2
The first serious meeting of track 2 contains a lecture with the goal: “bringing the basics of what is necessary to start a business & making clear you have to plan before you act”. The first part was about the virtues of an entrepreneur, that is looking for new combinations of business, mobilize the resources and initiate the business activity. In short, an entrepreneur adds value and is innovative. In the second part of the lecture, the students have been learned that a business starts with a good idea in order for it to be successful and that you have to be very critical about the business idea. A good idea is an unused possibility to create profit. It is not necessary new, it can also be an upgrade to something that is already out there, but it should fill a gap in the market. At last a management lesson was: if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Part three was about the business plan, and the three parts of which it consists: a strategic plan, a commercial plan and a financial plan. When making a strategic plan, you have to ask yourself these three questions: what are you going to do, what is your goal and how are you going to achieve it? When making a commercial plan, you will have to do a market research in order to identify the answers to the following four questions: who are my customers exactly, what is their need, what will be my target group and who are my competitors? After identifying the answers to those questions, you have to choose the market and segment you want to get in by filling in the marketing mix. When making a commercial plan, you will have to find the answer to the following questions: where does the money come from and what is the exact profit? You have to look further than just today or this week. You need to know what you make to see if you can invest or not. You have to make a budget, a financing plan, an income statement, and a feasibility analysis. Together with the students, we filled in these plans and made an example of a business plan. Part four of the lecture was about planning: you have to adapt and work together and cooperate with other partners and people. You have to plan for the future: Where do you want to be in some months? What are your goals? Make them concrete! Starting a business means starting to think and plan and describe and research. Don’t just start, but think and report first and check your ideas. An entrepreneur takes risks: you will make mistakes, it is part of the process. But stick to it and when you fall, get up. The students looked interested in the lecture and were eagerly in making notes. Despite that, in the beginning it was hard to get them to talk, because this was the first official meeting and they did not know us very well. Luckily, Faustus was there to help in speaking up and translate the answers from Swahili.
Track 1 – Meeting 1
The first meeting of track one was all about opening up and building a connection between the members of the group and between us and the group. This meeting was quite successful, as everyone opened up and spoke freely about their business ideas at the end of the meeting. Almost every one selected to be in track 1 attended: Faustus, Dedan, Ruben, Deborah, Deborah Itimbe. Only Mercy did not attend. The meeting consisted of three parts: the first was an introduction, the second was an ice breaker using cards containing personal questions which you had to give to another person. At last that we let them share their business ideas and we explained what we were about to do the coming months.