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Athletes for Hope Welcomes Female Athletes from Tanzania

Athletes for Hope Welcomes Female Athletes from Tanzania

On Sunday, January 12, 2020 a team of ten Tanzanians will arrive in Washington, DC as part of a fourteen day female empowerment project to empower girls and young women through basketball and sport. This two-way exchange project is a collaboration through the U.S. Department of State’s Sports Diplomacy division in conjunction with World Learning and Athletes for Hope. During the fourteen-day inbound program, Tanzanian participants will engage in educational, cultural, and sport-based activities. Each activity on the schedule is in response to the goals put forth in this proposal, including increased leadership skills, healthy decision-making, confidence, inclusion, cross-cultural understanding, female empowerment, and youth development.

The girls will experience cultural, educational and sport-related exchange opportunities while in the DC area. The young women will participate in site visits to area schools, nonprofits, university campuses, cultural sites and engage in basketball and other sport-related activities geared to empower, educate and connect them to greater learning. Educational workshops will be provided to allow for cultural discussion, create shared learning opportunities and establish practical action plans to bring home to their communities across Tanzania.

In the spring of 2020, American players and representatives will head to Tanzania to complete the two-way cultural exchange. The outbound program will include cultural and educational visits, and trainings and workshops conducted by American participants to support sports-based youth development projects in Tanzania.

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Tanzanian Legend Filbert Bayi Attends Girls Agenda Summit

As part of Athletes for Hope’s gender equality initiative, legendary middle-distance runner and current Tanzania Olympic Committee Secretary General, Filbert Bayi, recently attended the Msichana Initiative‘s, “Girl Agenda Summit.” Over 1,000 girls from different regions in Tanzania attended the event in Dar Es Salaam, which focused on the role of society in protecting and advancing girls’ rights. During the event, Filbert joined a panel of prominent voices and discussed the role of parents in helping a child attain their dream. Filbert highlighted the importance of father figures and explained that, “fairness in a family has to be there, whether it is for the girl or boy child.” The panelists all agreed that when empowered, girls have the ability to change the world.

Filbert Bayi Tanzania

The forum was conducted not only to raise awareness within the community on the necessity of promoting and protecting girls’ rights, but also to advocate for increased support for amending the Law of Marriage Act in Tanzania and come up with clear solutions that will tackle the problems that young girls face within their communities. To that end, Filbert noted that, “as parents we should work together with society in making the dreams of our kids a reality.”

Athletes for Hope looks forward to continue working with Filbert Bayi and other prominent influencers, all of whom are willing to speak up and take a stand around an important cause.