“Nobody slept in Chipata last night – everybody was up all night with the honking and the vuvuzelas” said Golden Mwinsa, the Family Strengthening Programme Coordinator for SOS Children’s Village Chipata, Zambia. The great news that the Zambian team has made it to the Africa Cup of Nations final is cause for excitement right across the country.
At SOS Children in the UK, with our strong links to Chipata in Zambia’s Eastern Province, we couldn’t be more delighted that Zambia will be meeting Cote d’Ivoire in the final of this important tournament. My cheers will be with Golden, his colleagues, and all Zambians on Sunday when they play in the final in Libreville, Gabon.
As Golden says, beating Ghana was a huge achievement – and the final will be a massive challenge, with players like Drogba and the Toure brothers to overcome. On Sunday, just like last night, huge crowds will gather around big screens in Chipata to watch the match.
SOS Children has strong ties to the world of football. In 2006 we were FIFA’s chosen charity and since then the links have gone from strength to strength. Our partnership with Tottenham Hotspurs is as key relationship and most of the team sponsor children in SOS Children’s Villages. Other individual players act as Ambassadors for the charity including Vincent Kompany, Cesc Fabregas, and Robin van Persie.
SOS Children’s Village Chipata will open later in 2012 and Golden Mwinsa and his colleagues are already supporting hundreds of fragile families in the town. Income generating activities such as poultry farming and maize growing, and an HIV prevention programme are just some of the activities SOS Children is bringing to families in need in the shanty towns and slums of Chipata.You can read more about our work in Chipata and the Be Part of Chipata campaign here.
Meryl Davies, Director of Fundraising, SOS Children UK