Creating a department sounds like a daunting job that takes years to develop. Well, you may be right but on most occasions most departments start somewhere, most start small and grow from there. Like anything you want to grow in life, it starts with a seed. The ideas create dreams and dreams become realities. In this case – I was hoping to work with Peace Matunda and create a sports department, with volunteer coaches and a Library for all the donated sports equipment.
I am proud to say we have partnered and with a few bumps in the road we are well on our way. The future of the sports department will depend on good management and incoming volunteers coupled with education to the youth about maintaining such a novelty in this area.
My vision is to see Peace Matunda to provide sports educations for any child in the community
After I arrived to Peace Matunda in Arusha still a bit exhausted and sick from Ethiopia. I was still adjusting to the Malaria pills that I had started. Wow do they make you feel sleepy, exhausted and just overall drained. The first two days I drank heaps of coffee just to maintain a balance. On the second day I had my plans pretty much set up. I was going to create and erect the volleyball net that I bought in Krakow Poland onto some home made Wooden posts, then teach volleyball to the orphan kids, the school kids and a group of older kids from a partner school in the community. On top off all that I made a projection to create a sports department/library of goods from all the incoming donations that past and future volunteers donate.
My new friend Adam the quite guy who worked around the grounds and took care of everything ended up being my best friend in business.He helped me with everything, I thank him from the bottom of my heart. The kids wouldn’t not of had any of the stuff created had it not been for Adam to help work with me on my visions. Within the first couple days I made it a priority to organize the sports gear, balls, and clothing into a sustainable library so that after a volunteer such as myself leaves the school and the kids could learn to check in and check out items that they desired.
So here was the agenda for the sports library in a nut shell:
1. Clear out unused science storage closet- cobwebs with giant spiders.
2. Clean walls wash floor
3. My budget was tight so we scrapped some used wood and nails from around the area.
4. Measure and create shelves for all the sports equipment.
5. Organize all the clothing into sizes, sports, and colors.
6. Paint a slogan “Believe It to Achieve It” put up Posters of sports stars.
7. Teach children how to log in and log out- check in and check out the sports equipment.
8. Help teachers to understand how the process works with borrowing equipment.
I kicked off my stay in Arusha with meeting with the secondary school up the street from Peace Matunda. I sat down with the principal and a few of the teachers to describe what my plan was. I told them that I am interested in teaching the basics of volleyball to the entire school, around 400 students, and from the students whoever seems slightly interested in learning more I will teach more to on the volleyball court.
I was shocked but excited to learn that no one knew what volleyball was. I felt compelled to give everything I had to make sure at least one of those kids had a chance to learn. After a couple hours of meeting up at the school and finding the kids that were interested I gave a presentation of the basics, then everyday the kids would come down after school to the volleyball court that was created for this camp and learn to play. Here is just one of the photos taken after one of my class room teachings on what volleyball is.