Tomorrow is World AIDS Day
November 30th 2015. Tomorrow, December 1st, is World AIDS day. Since CAC was founded in 2008 we have been a proud supporter of the day which is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. It is estimated that 34 million people worldwide currently live with HIV. Since 1984, 35 million people have died of HIV/AIDS.
This year we have given all of our global partners an HIV/AIDS packet of educational games for them to use within their community. In total this packet will be used by 830 organizations in 87 different countries. These games teach youth how to prevent HIV/AIDS and how to support people living with HIV/AIDS through sport. Many of the partners we work with across the world focus specifically on HIV/AIDS within their community such as Rumah Cemara and VAP. They use sport to educate children about HIV prevention and promoting regular testing through sport. Over the past eight years many of our partners have run testing events and tournaments on World AIDS day.
World AIDS Day is one of the three global days we ask all of our partners to participate in alongside International Women’s Day on March 8th and Peace Day on September 21st. These days bring attention to some of the biggest issues in the world today. They highlight groups and communities of people who have often been marginalized. CAC is delighted to continue supporting these powerful days and these underserved communities.
Lessons in Humanity
May 5th 2015. Nora Dooley writes about our third year with Rumah Cemara in Bandung, Indonesia.
Every day, teams from CAC and our partner organizations battle all over the world for the rights of women and girls. And Indonesia is no different – from sex trafficking to lack of equal opportunities – this week with Rumah Cemara would certainly address the issue of gender equality. As a coach, however, my understanding of the issue’s scope would be forever changed.
Why? Over a third of the participants identified themselves as transgender. Moreover, the rest of the group never flinched over the matter, as if this was a run-of-the-mill dynamic.
The reality? This just doesn’t happen – anywhere in the world, let alone in conservative, religiously traditional Indonesia.
This being the first time I have worked with openly transgender participants, I had to rethink my approach to some of our games. I chose the honest approach – and being honest, I know very little about the transgender community. So what do I do? What CAC always does: ask questions.
I asked the group, who has more choice in Bandung (after addressing that men have the most) women or transgender? The quick answer: women.
How do we work towards female empowerment when most of the participants are far more oppressed than women? Now we’re getting into some serious psychological/nature vs. nurture/scientific vs. social deep water that I will not pretend to be able to navigate. I will say, however, that people are people, and no matter where we come from, how we were raised, or what gender we identify with most, everybody wants to laugh, love, and share who they are with people who want to listen.
I wanted to listen. So I asked and asked and after four days of questions, I can say I understand just a little bit more. But more importantly, I learned lessons in bravery and the true power of unity from a group of incredible human beings.
This pack of about 30 participants laughed and Mingle Mingled their way to a new level of social inclusion, a level where the term ‘social inclusion’ was an afterthought, overshadowed by human compassion. This training, thanks to Rumah Cemara for inviting all the different organizations, created a bubble of understanding and tolerance in a community and country where many of these participants are excluded from spaces and activities that so many of us take for granted.
To top it off, the leaders put their creative minds together and came up with five new games to teach children and adults messages about stigma, discrimination, the effects of cigarettes, access to healthcare, and bullying.
I look forward to the day when the participation of a transgender community will not be the focus of a blog, but as it stands – this entire group deserves recognition, with extra kudos to 3-year partners, Rumah Cemara for giving us the opportunity to learn new lessons in humanity.
Double Finalist at the Beyond Sport Awards
October 27, 2014. Coaches Across Continents is a double-finalist at the prestigious Beyond Sport Awards in the category of Corporate of the Year for our partnerships with Chevrolet and Standard Chartered Bank. The 2014 awards will be presented this year in Johannesburg, South Africa from October 28-30th. Out of 350 entrees received from 70 countries, Coaches Across Continents is the only organization that has been short-listed as a multiple finalist. In addition, Nick will also be speaking and presenting during the three-day conference as he did earlier this year at Beyond Soccer 2014.
In 2014 CAC was excited to begin our partnership with Chevrolet on their “What Do You #PlayFor?” Campaign which launched in Indonesia, and continued at communities in the USA and South Africa. Chevrolet was instrumental in building a soccer facility for each community, as well as utilizing Coaches Across Continents to educate local coaches and leaders in a sport for social impact curriculum to facilitate long-term social development. CAC is also included with Standard Chartered Bank and their ongoing GOAL Programme, where we developed an on-field component to their female empowerment initiative and financial literacy.
Coaches Across Continents has a strong and positive history with Beyond Sport as winners in Best New Project (2009) for our Hat-Trick Initiative. In 2014 our Hat-Trick Initiative is in place with 75 communities in 27 different countries. Several of our current and past partner programs have also been short-listed for their efforts in various categories at the 2014 Beyond Sport Awards and we want to congratulate them and wish them the best of luck this weekend.
Coaches Across Continents/Chevrolet Shortlisted for Beyond Sport Award
August 24th, 2014. Coaches Across Continents have been shortlisted for the 2014 Beyond Sport Awards. The prestigious global sport for social development awards selected the joint Coaches Across Continents and Chevrolet application in the highly competitive Corporate of the Year category. CAC’s work with Chevrolet in 2014 has been a resounding success with projects in Bandung, Indonesia and Chicago, USA completed earlier in the year. These projects have provided local partners Rumah Cemara and Beyond the Ball with the facilities, equipment and tools to create sustainable social change through soccer. The 3rd Chevrolet project of 2014 will take place in Hammanskraal, South Africa with Dreamfields in September.
CAC won the Beyond Sport Best New Project for the Hat-Trick Initiative in 2009 and since then we have maintained a close relationship with the conference and awards, attending the event every year and regularly leading high-level panels. This year the Beyond Sport Summit will take place in Johannesburg from October 28th-30th.
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Video: The Impact of our Chevrolet FC Partnership in Indonesia
May 23, 2014. Coaches Across Continents has teamed up with Chevrolet FC to revitalize pitches and provide coaching education to selected communities around the world. This past month we completed a ten-day training with Rumah Cemara in Bandung, Indonesia. Coaches Across Continents has developed and delivered a curriculum that addresses the problem of stigma against people with HIV/AIDS, as well as addressing the fundamental causes of this disease. Together our three organizations are making a real difference in lives. Check out the video for more!
Fighting Stigma with Rumah Cemara and Chevrolet FC
May 9, 2014. This is the second year we have worked with Rumah Cemara, and the second time we have been amazed by the bold work being done by their programs around Indonesia. Rumah Cemara is a fellow Streetfootballworld partner that uses football to educate and address the stigma towards people who are HIV+ as well as former drug users. Joining the partnership this year is Chevrolet FC, who are also the new sponsors for Manchester United. This is the first of a number of global sites that Chevrolet FC will be working alongside Coaches Across Continents as part of the What do you #playfor initiative.
What Rumah Cemara has created is an inviting safe space for people of all genders and backgrounds including former drug users who are HIV+. They accept people for who they are regardless of sexual preferences, personal history, or soccer ability. Just like last year, coaches came to the Coaches Across Continents training from all over the island Java and other islands in Indonesia. Including Rumah Cemara, there were 29 different NGOs or football organizations represented. We even had coaches from Bali and Papua fly in for the training.
Approximately 25% of the coaches this week had participated in our training last September, and they were often the leaders in new activities. One game that hit home for this group is brand new game being released by Coaches Across Continents called “Understanding Stereotypes.” This is a normal game of football but the field is divided into three zones. Each player is restricted to this specific zone and may not leave for any reason. This represents the stereotypes and limitations that are placed on people in society. As the game progresses one team has all restrictions lifted, becoming a more “free” society. The game concludes with all restrictive zones lifted. The coaches immediately saw how this can be used to help teach their messages of stigma towards people differences, notably HIV+, drug users, and sexual orientation.
This five days of training has concluded, but our work on this project is includes extra elements because of our partnership with Chevrolet FC. We are going to work for an additional five days with just Rumah Cemara coaches in an intensive additional program. The ten total days of training will conclude with a surprise event that we are happy to be a part of. Our partnership alongside Chevrolet FC and Manchester Uniter (along with Rumah Cemaraand One World Futbol) is the first of a number of sites globally over the next two years. Each implementing partner will see some amazing impact on their programs. Check back soon to see the depth of impact that Chevrolet FC is having on Rumah Cemara! Get sneak peaks on twitter by following @chevroletfc or @coachesacross, and the hash tag: #playfor. Trust us, this is big!