Gonder Girls' Football Team
The Wild Frontiers Foundation kicked off 2020 with the sponsorship of the Gonder Girls’ Football Team, in Ethiopia. Our foundation is supporting the work of new charity partner, Together We Learn Ethiopia, who established the girls football team and coaching programme two years ago to help promote gender equality, self-confidence, fun and fitness for girls with otherwise little access to social growth activities.
Providing opportunities to move beyond the limitations of traditional gender roles, being part of the football team also gives the girls, aged between 13 and 16, the chance to learn new skills, leadership and develop a supportive network of friends.
The programme also runs regular information sessions for the 20 girls on puberty, sexual health, family planning, and the right over their bodies, along with providing menstrual hygiene management kits.
With the support of the Wild Frontiers Foundation, one of their goals for 2020 is for the team to participate in their first football tournament in Bahir Dar, and pit their skills against other girls' teams in the region.
With disruption to the programme throughout 2020 due to COVID restrictions, all funding and supported has been carried over to 2021.
The team has now regrouped and are back in training. We look forward to seeing their progress and cheering them towards their first competitive game.