Nyawa United is a humanitarian project promoting gender equality and empowering rural communities in the Southern Province of Zambia, through sports, health and educational programmes.
Nyawa United Girls' Football Team
Nyawa United is a humanitarian project that was established in January 2019, with the idea of sending a girls' football team to Norway Cup. The project succeeded in sending Nyawa United to Norway Cup at the tournament's 50th Anniversary in 2022. The team made history by being the first rural girls' football team from the Southern African region to ever participate.
Over 30 girls train together every week, together with their Coach Kelvin. Through football, the girls have established new friendships, developed qualities in cooperation, communication, and team play. They have also developed skills on and off the field. These are qualities that are transferable to other arenas in life, both at school and work life.
The Nyawa Community Centre
In addition to the football team Nyawa United, the project is in the process of building a community centre with a library close to the football pitch. This will serve as a meeting place for the local community.
Part of the building will be a dedicated space for sporting facilities, including changing rooms and where educational workshops will be held. The aim is to facilitate for inclusion and participation into sport activities.
Libraries play an important role in the dissemination of knowledge. Establishing a library in Nyawa will contribute to a development of a reading culture, early literacy and reading skill development, as well as local economic impact.
In addition, we are installing Internet in the library, in order for the community members to have access to updated information. Access to internet will foster digital inclusion, advance education, health care and female entrepreneurship.