Linkages of YES with football sporting activities in-Busia
On a regional scale, YES is promoting an educational program among the project beneficiaries and YES family in advocating for environmentally sound practices and turning environmental challenges into new opportunities that can associate this sports community to sustainable development.
Football is discussed, among all families, tribes, races and people world over as a popular sport and it has no boundary and identity. YES is using that influence of games privilege to mobilize and cause social transformation in the community.
We use the power of football mainly to address community pressing issues and its a tool for advocacy and promotion of respect of human rights, HIV/AIDS prevention work, voluntary counseling’s and testing, condom distribution and education, peace building, mediations, and conflict resolutions, youth exchanges, entrepreneurship, leisure and recreation programs
Sports help redress economic and social imbalances, environmental protection for example 16% of the households interviewed in 2011 confirmed that they have had serious conflicts and misunderstanding with their neighbors regarding improper waste disposal
In order to achieve organization ideals, sports programme across all activities address environmental responsibility, history, communication skills, coexistence, and international understanding and tolerance of diversity.
Through football information and messages, behavior and practices can be delivered to people of all ages, in both formal and informal settings.
To create public dialogue different factions of society are often brought together in sports games; these typically include civil society groups, schools, tribal leaders and the media. Yet due to the many areas covered by sports for development, initiatives are primarily determined by culture and context, as well as by the projects’ scopes and objectives.
Environmental education and sports are therefore intrinsically linked.
We recognize that deteriorating ecology is a detriment to all sides and people are able to cooperate
In building Busia district community through sports, we affirm that sports contribute to building a better world by educating youth as local grass root sporting groups, provide better health outcomes for people of all ages. They also help teach values, volunteerism, cooperation, leadership, teamwork, and help in defeating adversity. In this sense, a healthy global and local environment is a natural partner of the organization ideals and the promotion of environment information through sports is fully considered as the sub theme of YES core programs.
YES has therefore the responsibility of addressing environmental issues and integrating its actions in the framework of sustainable development. Our football goal is to ensure that the community participatory sports activities are held in conditions which demonstrate a responsible concern for environmental issues through dissemination and awareness rising.
There is high evidence of the linkages and positive impacts of football on individual and organization activities in general terms of physical, mental and social health.
Goal: Contribute to national environmental conservation programs in Uganda.
Food and energy production are the most critical of Uganda’s many development challenges, growth in production is essential and the challenge for Uganda’s policy makers is to enhance production in food and energy with minimal environmental damage.
The environment in Busia remains un serious threat from natural and man-made drivers of change including poverty, unsustainable use of resources, lack of enforcement, rapid population growth, urbanization, agricultural expansion and the impact of climate variability among others. All this is as a result of low interest in mainstreaming environment planning.
The population of Busia consists mostly of subsistence farmers who also practice seasonal fishing during the dry season from December to mid-March every year, which is done by burning the wetland bushes and forest reserves. Activities of the community have been altering wetland and forest habitat such as destruction of biodiversity and eco-systems. These communities have strong traditional customs and unsound practices, as many sites along the river basin, and forest reserves, wetland degradation has been wide spread in the District. The loss of the wetlands, forest and protective tree stands (PTS) and land degradation has affected the local economy as indicated by shortages of building poles, fire wood, food, and there is reduction of biodiversity, decreased fishery resources, increased wetland erosion and massive water pollutions over the years, resulting in a serious crisis threatening the livelihoods of the people, and massive devegetations.
The main aim of this programe is to involve the farmers and natural reosurce users and community land users in sustainable management and utilization of natural resources. Engage the Busia local communities in developing and adhering to appropriate management plans for natural resources, empower them to make their own plans and take decisions that incorporate their social and economic aspirations consistent with sustainable development practices of adaptive collaborative management(ACM) approach.
It helps facilitate the communities to adopt integrated resource management that enhances community livelihoods and promotes the sustainable use of land-resources and associated land use practices of ACM action plans,the most comunity based scalable activities include Community mobilization and sensitization, Tree planting, Community land use planning and management Agro-forestry related activities, Wetland and forestry management on community level, Promoting of renewable energy sources, Soil and water conservation management, Lobbying, advocacy and networking.
Youth and Women Empowerment
Goal: Improved livelihood for women, adolescents and youths in Uganda
Improving economic development opportunity for women and youths is equally important to the goals of sustainable and equitable development. Youth and women education and training when integrated with basic health services an, expanded economic opportunities, and enforced rights are crucial to the success of sustainable development. As the international community is taking active role reversing gender inequalities by empowering women to assert their cultural, political, and economic rights without fear of retaliation, violence, or abandonment which our country is a signatory. Improving women’s access to economic resources is imperative. We acknowledge the alarming proportion of trafficked women and girls from low income and disadvantaged communities working or serving in social entertainment establishments are not recognizing this express freedom and are relegated to subservient status.
Violence against them is wide spread and accepted, generally because they are not informed about and cannot fight their human rights violation and abuse including protecting themselves from HIV infection. At YES we recorgnise need for reliable and high quality services for reproductive health and family planning. When such services are accessible and affordable, women and youths can make informed reproductive choices, plan births, and improve the health and chances of survival for their families, whereas the greatest reduction in fertility rates results from the combination of women’s improved economic and social status, education and access to reproductive health services and investment credit to women bring in a high rate of returns, often close to 100% in urban and rural areas.
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