Location

Rwanda

Key achievement

By gaining life skills, 40 young Esperance participants now play professional football

Association des Jeunes Sportifs de Kigali "Espérance"

Network Member

The ethnic groups of Rwanda today still struggle with the legacy of the genocide in 1994. In the search for justice and peaceful coexistence, Espérance bridges the ethnic divides of Rwanda through education and social programmes such as Football for Peace and Anti-AIDS.

The organisation uses football not only to reconcile differences within the population, but also to raise awareness of dire issues that young people and their communities face. Football tournaments are run in conjunction with AIDS awareness activities. Over 10,000 young people are trained on the football field each year and many more partake in other Espérance activities. Participants are not just educated; they are trained to be educators themselves.

 

AJSK Esperance at Festival 16

 

 

A message from Victor Semmanuel Sewabana:

Victor Semmanuel Sewabana is AJSK Espérance's delegation leader for Festival 16. He sat down with streetfootballworld to talk about the importance of the event to his delegation:

 

"Since 1996 when Esperance was born, we ought to change our society into a great place where everybody feels safe and comfortable. And more we get in touch with other societies, communities and different people, we learn a lot about what to adapt, to change or to improve in our work in order to reach successfully our goals. That is the reason why Esperance attends exchange programs or events, the Festival in Lyon included. We are still looking for funds to finance our flights to Lyon, but it is hard and we lost hope. However, the delegation is being prepared. The players practice more football3 with their coach and the delegation leader knocks everywhere to see if he can find any support. The festival can benefit our expertise, as we have attended many festivals in that kind (Berlin 2006, South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014). I expect from the Festival a good planning for the future.”

- See more at: http://www.festival16.streetfootballworld.org/latest/blog/festival-16-delegation-rwanda-ajsk-esperance?festival_link=19769#sthash.fcv1glX0.dpuf

Victor Semmanuel Sewabana is AJSK Espérance's delegation leader for Festival 16. He sat down with streetfootballworld to talk about the importance of the event to his delegation:

 

"Since 1996 when Esperance was born, we ought to change our society into a great place where everybody feels safe and comfortable. And more we get in touch with other societies, communities and different people, we learn a lot about what to adapt, to change or to improve in our work in order to reach successfully our goals. That is the reason why Esperance attends exchange programs or events, the Festival in Lyon included. We are still looking for funds to finance our flights to Lyon, but it is hard and we lost hope. However, the delegation is being prepared. The players practice more football3 with their coach and the delegation leader knocks everywhere to see if he can find any support. The festival can benefit our expertise, as we have attended many festivals in that kind (Berlin 2006, South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014). I expect from the Festival a good planning for the future.”

- See more at: http://www.festival16.streetfootballworld.org/latest/blog/festival-16-delegation-rwanda-ajsk-esperance?festival_link=19769#sthash.fcv1glX0.dpufVictor Semmanuel Sewabana is AJSK Espérance's delegation leader for Festival 16. He sat down with streetfootballworld to talk about the importance of the event to his delegation:

"Since 1996 when Esperance was born, we ought to change our society into a great place where everybody feels safe and comfortable. And more we get in touch with other societies, communities and different people, we learn a lot about what to adapt, to change or to improve in our work in order to reach successfully our goals. That is the reason why Esperance attends exchange programs or events, the Festival in Lyon included. We are still looking for funds to finance our flights to Lyon, but it is hard and we lost hope. However, the delegation is being prepared. The players practice more football3 with their coach and the delegation leader knocks everywhere to see if he can find any support. The festival can benefit our expertise, as we have attended many festivals in that kind (Berlin 2006, South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014). I expect from the Festival a good planning for the future.”

 

Meet the Delegation

Anita, Denyse, Jean Pierre and Rangue are the four players selected to represent ASJK Esperance at Festival 16. These young football players will be taking part of the Festival under the leadership nad guidance of Victor (delegation leader) and Marcelline (young leader), who will accompany them on their journey to Lyon. streetfootballworld talked to the Rwandan delegation to get to know more about their background and expectations towards Festival 16. During this exchange, all the members of the Team were invited to introduce themselves and share with streetfootballwolrd their expectations for the Festival. - See more at: http://www.festival16.streetfootballworld.org/latest/blog/festival-16-delegation-rwanda-ajsk-esperance?festival_link=19769#sthash.GHykXtjt.dpuf

Anita, Denyse, Jean Pierre and Rangue are the four players selected to represent ASJK Esperance at Festival 16. These young football players will be taking part of the Festival under the leadership nad guidance of Victor (delegation leader) and Marcelline (young leader), who will accompany them on their journey to Lyon. streetfootballworld talked to the Rwandan delegation to get to know more about their background and expectations towards Festival 16. During this exchange, all the members of the Team were invited to introduce themselves and share with streetfootballwolrd their expectations for the Festival.

 

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Social Topics

Education
Employability
Enviroment
Gender Equality
Health
Peace Building
Social Integration
Youth leadership

Contact

Association des Jeunes Sportifs de Kigali "Espérance"
Victor Emmanuel Sewabana
ajskesperance@yahoo.fr

Latest From Association des Jeunes Sportifs de Kigali "Espérance"

"Involving young people in solving issues which affect them, treating them as resources and not as problems, is a powerful transformation of our communities. Esperance and Kimisagara Football for Hope Center provide resources to all young people of Rwanda and from the Great Lakes Region to realize their full potential as productive and responsible."

Victor Emmanuel Sewabana
Esperance Executive Secretary