Grassroot Soccer Inc

Rating: 4.98 stars   43 reviews

Issues: Sports

Location: 198 Church Street P.O. Box 712 Norwich VT 05055 USA

Mission: Using the power of soccer in the fight against AIDS, Grassroot Soccer (GRS) provides African youth with the knowledge, skills and support to stop the spread of HIV. We aim to have a deep impact in the communities where we work; to utilize soccer and powerful role models to their maximum potential to reduce HIV transmission among youth; and to have the most effective HIV prevention education and life-skills curriculum in Africa. Grassroot Soccer directly implements its HIV prevention and life skills curriculum in South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, and has worked with implementing partners in 23 countries. Since 2002, over 675,000 youth have graduated from GRS programs.
Results: Ten evaluations in seven countries have shown the GRS program to have positive impact on knowledge, attitudes, stigma, and communication related to HIV. One study in Zimbabwe found that after participating in the GRS curriculum. * The percentage of students who could list three people they could talk to about HIV increased from 33% to 72% * The percentage of students who knew where to go for help for HIV related problems increased from 47% to 76% * The percentage of students who said they would feel comfortable providing emotional support for an HIV positive classmate increased from 52% to 73% * The percentage of students who believe condoms were effective increased from 49% to 71%
Geographic areas served: Grassroot Soccer operates flagship sites in South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe and as a technical assistance partner have helped design and launch sustainable projects in Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Sudan, Tanzania, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic.
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

My brother has worked for Grassroots Soccer since 2009. While each year he is away brings me great sorrow, I know that the impact he makes is worth every moment. The stories he shares of the education and community care that GRS provide make me so proud. GRS is dedicated to a worthy cause that brings HIV/AIDS prevention education to the forefront of the international community. This is an organization that has earned recognition and respect and deserves as much spotlight as possible!

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter works for GRS in South Africa. Her stories of this organization fill me with amazement...these people care so much, they give so much. There is so much yet to do and accomplish. HIV/AIDS reduction is the most important public health challenge of our times and this organization goes above and beyond. They need more funds and much more recognition. Thank you.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a semester abroad student from the United States and I heard about this program through friends of mine. I think it's a great way for kids to get involved with their community, but also to promote their health. It is so important for kids to learn about safe sex and keep active in order to help the overall growth of a community. Grassroots Soccer combines fun, learning, and activity for the kids of the townships surrounding Cape Town.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a current exchange student who is spending just one semester abroad in Cape Town and I have already heard so much about this organization. It is truly an incredible group of people who set out to make a difference and are really getting results. Many local citizens who I have talked to praise the work that is being done in the townships across the country. Grassroots Soccer is an organization that genuinely cares about the well being of South Africa and is making great strides against HIV/AIDS.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Though not professionally involved with non-profits myself, over the last 3 years I have had significant social interaction with 10+ Grassroots volunteers. They are all exceedingly caring, thoughtful and intelligent humans, and I can echo Arvind's sentiment below that GRS is in good hands if it is continually attracting such people to work for them.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had , what turned out to be a special privilege of being a guest, thanks to Kristin Kennedy of Grassroots Soccer SA, at a Skillz Street women's training session in Soweto.
Walking into the impressive Nike Football centre I had no idea what to except and good thing too! I was the only male amongst 40 odd girls in what was a very open and vocal group. As a white male from South Africa growing up in the 80's & 90's I enjoyed a privileged up bringing and access to the best education. But despite that I still did not get exposed to the kind of life skills information I learnt in the 90mins class.
My country is still growing, building and finding itself. And in doing so still needs to meet the everyday challenges. The content , method and passion of all involved is what makes GRS crucial to the development of my country. Thank you.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More programs!!

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Quite possibly the most epic NGO around! GRS has a good mission accompanied with strong staff and volunteer group.

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Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I have lived on and off in Cape Town for 7 years and have witnessed/observed/worked for many NGOs. I can say with great confidence that GRS is one of the best ones out there! I was so impressed with it's staff, that I encouraged my brother to be an intern in 2012/13. A truly cutting edge organization, with excellent staff!

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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