On the 29th of October YPM, officially opened the Stop Poverty Cup. The first two matches were played in Mkinga between Maforoni football club and Lunga lunga Cranes on Saturday, and a second match between Horohoro Border and Liverpool on Sunday.
What is Stop Poverty Cup?
Stop Poverty Cup is a part of the Stop Poverty Campaign, aiming at ending poverty and misery once and for all. By playing for one of our teams, we hope to increase young people’s awareness about development issues. Sport is a good arena for personal develop and boosting of talents, but also wider community development. Youths love sports and we feel that sports will be a good platform to make the voice to stop poverty and work for justice be heard to many of our targets. We encourage our young hopes to think bigger than themselves. To think of “What is my contribution to development of this country?” rather than just “what can this country do for me?” That is why we say that sports are not just for personal health, but for the health of our country as well.
Opening of the cup in Mkinga
This weekend a big opening sermon was held in Mkinga to mark the beginning of the cup. District executive director was present, together with YPM staff, YPM tensing from Lushoto, and teams from Kenya and Tanzania. Speeches were held about our main theme of stop poverty, and tensing performed a play about VICOBA. Through sports and games – the language of the youth – we hope the participants will go home wiser than before.
After the sermon, the first match of the cup were held between Maforoni footbal club from Tanzania, and Lunga lunga Cranes form Kenya. The score ended at a tie of 1-1. The match next day between Horohoro Border and Liverpool ended 2-1. YPM is happy to see that our youths are doing well and show talents and engagement.
The cup will go on until December between different teams in Tanga region. Timetable will be posted here the coming week.