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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.

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Stories From Africa


August 19, 2014 | Africa: Malawi

Play Soccer Malawi Federation supports our athletes

By Mr Felix Chisowa

Special Olympics provide a gateway to empowerment, fulfillment and joy. Our work would not be possible without our donors and supporters. Play Soccer Malawi Federation’s donation of 420 soccer balls is a great example of how organizations can help increase Special Olympics’ reach and impact.View Story Special Olympics provide a gateway to empowerment, fulfillment and joy. Our work would not be possible without our donors and supporters. Play Soccer Malawi Federation’s donation of 420 soccer balls is a great example of how organizations can help increase Special Olympics’ reach and impact with their support. Play Soccer Malawi Federation’s donation is helping Special Olympics Malawi to reach its goal of increasing their number of athletes and competitions and by providing much needed equipment to carry out competitions.

About Mr Felix Chisowa :Special Olympics Malawi National Director
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August 19, 2014 | Africa: Malawi

New Africa representative joins the Special Olympics International Board

By Ancilla Smith

Peter Mazunda

Special Olympics is proud to announce that Mr. Peter Mazunda, Chairman of Special Olympics Malawi has been elected to represent the Africa region on the Special Olympics International Board of Directors.View Story Special Olympics is proud to announce that Mr. Peter Mazunda, Chairman of Special Olympics Malawi has been elected to represent the Africa region on the Special Olympics International Board of Directors. The Special Olympics Board of Directors is made up of leaders in business, government, disability, sports and entertainment. This board is responsible for the global affairs and strategies of the movement and determines its policies and programs and oversees all top level management. Chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics, Janet Froetscher, was pleased to welcome Mr. Mazunda to the international board. He was selected by the Africa Leadership Council to serve as its representative on the International Advisory Committee and Special Olympics International Board of Directors. Mr. Mazunda has done outstanding work as the Chairman of Special Olympics Malawi. He is also the Managing Director of Xtra Solutions Communications Group and is a renowned film director and cameraman in Malawi. He was trained in Television Engineering, Television Production, Television Journalism and Computer Engineering. He attained his skills in the Namibia Broadcasting Cooperation, the Training Institute of African Media Communicators in Egypt, and the Thompson Foundation and Deutsche Welle Television Training Centre in Germany. He worked for Television Malawi before setting up his own company. Over the years, Mr Mazunda has produced more than 50 documentaries, Talk Shows and 6 films at both local and international levels. Congratulations Mr. Mazunda. You have done the Africa region very proud.

About Ancilla Smith:I am director of communications and marketing for Special Olympics in the Africa Region.
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August 19, 2014 | Africa: Kenya

Friends of Special Olympics Kenya raise over $10,000 for Kenya’s National Games

By Mr John Makathimo

Special Olympics Kenya is using social media and a network of interested professionals to raise funds and build awareness among youth about Special Olympics Kenya's events and programs. They've done well so far and are aiming higher for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles.View Story Special Olympics Kenya is using social media and a network of interested professionals to raise funds and build awareness among youth about Special Olympics Kenya's events and programs. They've done well so far and are aiming higher for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. The Friends of Special Olympics Kenya network successfully carried out its first fundraising campaign at the Impala Club grounds in Nairobi, Kenya during the month of May. Guests of honour from various Kenyan corporations, including the Kenya Sweepstakes, joined forces to raise funds for Special Olympics Kenya's upcoming National Games. Network members, Special Olympics staff, Special Olympics athletes, coaches, families, and Special Olympics Africa Regional Development Manager Mr. Joe Mutua all worked together to make this event possible. Special Olympics Kenya's Board Chair, Mr. James Kimonye, gave the welcome and congratulated the Friends of Special Olympics Kenya group for their initiative and support of Special Olympics. During the proceedings Special Olympics Kenya athletes entertained the crowd with drumming. The event raised approximately 900,000 K, which is equivalent to $10,588 US Dollars, to support the Special Olympics Kenya National Games. Special Olympics Kenya staff members and their supportive network have committed to doubling their efforts to raise funds for the Special Olympics Kenya National Team who qualify to participate at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games, in Los Angeles, California, USA.

About Mr John Makathimo:Special Olympics Kenya National Director
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August 19, 2014 | Africa: Botswana

Botswana Ministry of Education Helps Special Olympics Reach New Areas

By Mr Ross Tebele

The month of May was an exciting one for Special Olympics Botswana. Through a partnership with the Botswana Ministry of Education, Special Olympics Botswana held two regional games, one in the remote Western region and the other in the Southern region of the country. Some of these communities had never before been exposed to Special Olympics or its mission.View Story The month of May was an exciting one for Special Olympics Botswana. Through a partnership with the Botswana Ministry of Education, Special Olympics Botswana held two regional games, one in the remote Western region and the other in the Southern region of the country. Some of these communities had never before been exposed to Special Olympics or its mission. Special Olympics Botswana receives support from the Botswana Ministry of Education to reach out and engage people with intellectual disabilities in the country. The Ministry also helps to identify special schools around the country where Special Olympics Botswana can pilot and host competitions. The Ministry’s Chief Education Officer, Ms. Lesego Masitara, is very involved with Special Olympics Botswana and attends most competitions. She is impressed by the remarkable talent the athletes display during the games. In the Western region 6 special schools and 72 athletes participated in track and field events hosted at Kelekele Primary School, and in the South Central region 323 athletes from 15 different schools competed at Mogoditshane Special School in Gaborone. JAF Auto contributed generously to the success of these events as part of their commitment to supporting the games in these regions. There are persons with intellectual disability in all cultures, races, and countries. Special Olympics’ goal is to create awareness of the 200 million people in the world with ID.

About Mr Ross Tebele :Special Olympics Botswana National Director
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August 19, 2014 | Africa: Burkina Faso

Athlete Leadership Blooms in Burkina Faso

By Ms Annick Pikbougoum

Special Olympics is an athlete-led organization and athlete leaders are identified and encouraged to develop and become spokespersons for their teammates, their program and for the region. Special Olympics Burkina Faso held its first Athlete Leadership Program workshop in Ouagadougou recently.View Story Special Olympics is an athlete-led organization and athlete leaders are identified and encouraged to develop and become spokespersons for their teammates, their program and for the region. Special Olympics Burkina Faso held its first Athlete Leadership Program workshop in Ouagadougou recently. Athlete Input Councils are structured and designed to give athletes a platform to voice their opinions on all elements of Special Olympics. The councils allow athletes to provide input, direction and feedback to their team mates and programs. Burkina Faso and Mauritius are the two most recent programs to establish AICs. Special Olympics Burkina Faso's Athlete Leadership Program workshop in Ouagadougou was held at the Servants of Christ Association workshop room. It was attended by 26 athletes, 26 mentors, and 17 coaches from the 17- sub programs. The Board and the National Director of SOBF, Ms. Annick Pikbougoum, were present to welcome the athletes and coaches and share the objectives and benefits of the training. The Special Olympics Mauritius Program identified 13 athletes to form an Athlete Input Council during an event overseen by the Program's Chairperson, Mr. Jean Marie Malepa, and National Director, Mr. Satyagan Choytun.

About Ms Annick Pikbougoum :I am Special Olympics Burkina Faso's National Director
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South Africa Summer Games

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