Africa

Special Olympics has 21 accredited programs addressing the needs of African people with an intellectual disability in the areas of sport, health, education and leadership. Special Olympics contributes significantly in addressing the correlation between disability and poverty, a key issue for the continent.

Stories From Africa


April 24, 2014 | Africa: South Africa

Warm-hearted and Multi-Talented Mother Coordinating the Free State

By Mmane Boikanyo

Tintswalo in action at a Healthy Athletes Screening

The Special Olympics South Africa family would like to welcome Tintswalo as the new Free State Provincial Coordinator. A sports fanatic at heart Tintswalo not only volunteers at Special Olympics but is also a full time Physiotherapist at Boitumelong Special School.View Story The Special Olympics South Africa family would like to welcome Tintswalo as the new Free State Provincial Coordinator. A sports fanatic at heart Tintswalo not only volunteers at Special Olympics but is also a full time Physiotherapist at Boitumelong Special School, a Netball player for the SABC Netball team and a Physiotherapist for the Free State Netball team. Tintswalo’s journey with Special Olympics South Africa began in 2012 when she was randomly selected to participate in a coaches training. She could immediately relate to the Special Olympics movement because the organisation speaks to where her heart lies, Sports and opportunities to people with intellectual disabilities. Not only is she a provincial coordinator she’s also a Funfitness Clinical Director in the Free State. “In 2013 I attended a Healthy Athletes screening for the first time in Bloemfontein and realised that physiotherapy is also a part of Healthy Athletes, I was so impressed and knew I had to be part of it.” Her love for Neurological Rehabilitation and Sports inspired her to get actively involved in the movement. “I love it when I know that the Rehabilitation I do with the young Athletes will benefit them when they perform sports in their own category and they can win, as every athlete is a winner. I am fascinated and impressed by the mission and vision of Special Olympics and support it whole-heartedly. Viva SOSA!” said the passionate Provincial Coordinator. When asked about what she’d like to achieve in her new role, the wife and mother of three said: “I would like to reach out to other Special Schools, clubs or institutions and Parents with Athletes and make sure they know what Special Olympics is all about and also want to be part of it.” She also wants to introduce Special Olympics to the Department of Education, Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Health and to the office of the Premier and have coordinators in all the 5 districts in the Province. The future of the Free

About Mmane Boikanyo:Marketing and Communications Officer at Special Olympics South Africa.
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April 18, 2014 | Africa: Nigeria

Opportunity For All

By Adeife Michael Adefemi

So wonderful and splendid to work with Special Olympics and as special Olympics Volunteer coach in NigeriaView Story So wonderful and splendid to work with Special Olympics and as Special Olympics volunteer coach in Nigeria. It has really given me an opportunity to have a better understanding of what life is all about and having understanding about athletes with intellectual disabilities.

About Adeife Michael Adefemi:l am a special teacher,working with children with special needs in Nigeria and a Special Olympics volunteer coach in Nigeria.
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April 16, 2014 | Africa: Kenya

Special Olympics and Packs H20: WASH Education and Supplies for Athlete and Family Empowerment in Africa

By David Evangelista

Oloitokitok, Kenya, located on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, served as the initial pilot site for an innovative collaboration between Special Olympics and Packs H2O. The organizations have joined forces to highlight the importance of water security and WASH education.View Story Oloitokitok, Kenya, located on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, served as the initial pilot site for an innovative collaboration between Special Olympics and Packs H2O. The organizations have joined forces to highlight the importance of water security and WASH education through the distribution of Packs, a product that facilitates the transport of clean water over long distances and provides increased water security. Oloitokitok recently hosted the first Special Olympics Family Health Forum offering Packs as a key supply for attendees. More than 200 local family members and athletes – some traveling as far as 20 km on foot – participated in the Forum and received packs to take home. Parents, athletes, caregivers and community leaders were excited to integrate them into their lives after an interactive demonstration of how effectively Packs can be utilized. Special Olympics and Packs H2O plan to expand the reach of this partnership throughout Africa.

About David Evangelista:I serve as Vice President of Global Development and Government Relations for Special Olympics International.
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April 16, 2014 | Africa: Kenya

Special Olympics and Packs H20: WASH Education and Supplies for Athlete and Family Empowerment in Africa

By David Evangelista

Oloitokitok, Kenya, located on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, served as the initial pilot site for an innovative collaboration between Special Olympics and Packs H2O. The organizations have joined forces to highlight the importance of water security and WASH education.View Story Oloitokitok, Kenya, located on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, served as the initial pilot site for an innovative collaboration between Special Olympics and Packs H2O. The organizations have joined forces to highlight the importance of water security and WASH education through the distribution of Packs, a product that facilitates the transport of clean water over long distances and provides increased water security. Oloitokitok recently hosted the first Special Olympics Family Health Forum offering Packs as a key supply for attendees. More than 200 local family members and athletes – some traveling as far as 20 km on foot – participated in the Forum and received packs to take home. Parents, athletes, caregivers and community leaders were excited to integrate them into their lives after an interactive demonstration of how effectively Packs can be utilized. Special Olympics and Packs H2O plan to expand the reach of this partnership throughout Africa.

About David Evangelista:I serve as Vice President of Global Development and Government Relations for Special Olympics International.
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April 16, 2014 | Africa: South Africa

Bringing Advocacy to Action: Special Olympics and the Secretariat for the African Decade for Persons with Disabilities

By David Evangelista

As follow up to the African Leaders Forum on Disability, Special Olympics has begun discussions with the Secretariat for the African Decade for Persons with Disabilities (SADPD).View Story As follow up to the African Leaders Forum on Disability, Special Olympics has begun discussions with the Secretariat for the African Decade for Persons with Disabilities (SADPD). Special Olympics and the SADPD are working together to bolster the level of government awareness, and action, in support of people with intellectual disabilities, and have committed to collaborating on the promotion of the Lilongwe Declaration and the development of the African Leaders Alliance on Intellectual Disability, an emerging coalition led by HE President Joyce Banda of Malawi. As part of the initial exploratory meeting, Special Olympics and the SADPD spoke with Beyond 2015, a civil society campaign pushing for a strong successor to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Special Olympics and the SADPD impressed upon the group the importance of ensuring that the next set of MDGs targets the most marginalized groups, ensuring equity and increased impact across all development indicators.

About David Evangelista:I serve as Vice President, Global Development and Government Relations for Special Olympics International
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