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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Rating: 5 stars  

Grassroot Soccer uses a unique and innovative approach to tackling the AIDS epidemic. They use the game of soccer to attract at risk youth and then deliver their unique curriculum to ensure these youth live healthy and productive lives. Grassroot Soccer is the premier sport for development organization in the world.

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I interacted with Grassroot Soccer in early 2013. I was amazed and inspired by the organizations ability to combine a universal language of football and a sound Public Health, Human Rights and Gender Responsive approach to bring to the forefront the issue of HIV and GBV prevention. I am super proud of GRS's ability to produce such high impact results and reach such high numbers. I know you will continue to soar to new heights. I know this is the start of even greater things.

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GRS is a well designed, well organized and very well staffed organization that educates young people about HIV/Aids through the sport of soccer. Brilliant!

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My brother works for GRS and was introduced to the program by Tommy Clark, its founder. This nonprofit is a very well organized, compassionate group who harness sport's educational powers for the greater good. I have seen this program work, in person, in Kimberley, South Africa during the World Cup and was impressed by what it had achieved there in a relatively short amount of time. Their HIV/AIDS education curriculum for young people works and will work where ever it is implemented simply because they have designed it to educate through the powerful lessons found in sports, specifically soccer.

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We were introduced to GRS through several of their dedicated workers and supporters and were quickly convinced that it is a non profit organization that puts their mission into action. By using the power of soccer they have been able to educate, inspire, and mobilize communities to help stop the spread of HIV.

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We have not seen GRS programs directly but we do know a number of people who have worked and who now work for GRS. And they are oustanding as people and volunteers: committed, thoughtful, giving, and selfless. If GRS can continue to attract and retain such volunteers it will remain a highly effective NGO to which we would happily continue contributing.

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GRS continues to impress with their passionate staff and dedication to a great cause. The team works well together because they are all passionate about the cause and the sport of soccer.

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