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


July 01, 2014 | Africa: Kenya

Nandi county, Kenya, finds a heroine in Mrs. Kaittany

By Mr John Makathimo

Special Olympics Kenya was introduced to the Nandi County by a very courageous lady, Mrs. Rhoda Kaittany. Mrs. Kaittany was determined to seek help for her son, who has an intellectual disability, in a region that didn’t cater to children with special needs.View Story Special Olympics Kenya was introduced to the Nandi County by a very courageous lady, Mrs. Rhoda Kaittany. Mrs. Kaittany was determined to seek help for her son, who has an intellectual disability, in a region that didn’t cater to children with special needs. She took it upon herself to create the infrastructure needed to support a Special Olympics program in Nandi County, to find children with intellectual disabilities who were not in school, to find teachers and chiefs who were willing to be trained as coaches, to procure corporate sponsorship, and to identify facilities to host Special Olympics events. Her valiant efforts paid off and the Nandi program was launched with support from local government and a commitment to include the new sub-program in budget allocation for the 2014-2015 fiscal years. With this support the county was able to host its first county competitions in May at the Aldia Girls Secondary School. Approximately 45 athletes, 9 Unified partners and 45 family members attended the competitions. A remarkable highlight in Mrs. Kaittany's story is the discovery of three children with an intellectual disability who had grown up in virtual isolation due to the lack of facilities in the region, one was even tied with a rope and locked in a sheep’s pen to keep him out of harm's way. Happily these three youths are now involved with Special Olympics and were able to participate in the competitions. Mrs. Kiattanty remarked that one looked overjoyed about being outside, while another seemed shocked as if he was seeing the world for the very first time. The county put on a great competition for the athletes and provided them with entertainment in song, dance and poems that was thoroughly enjoyed by the family members and community who came out in full support to witness their children reveal their true potential.

About Mr John Makathimo:Special Olympics Kenya National Director
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June 30, 2014 | Africa: Burkina Faso

Burkina-Faso Clinical Director Assists Special Olympics Italy

By Lauren Wyndham Quin

Since Special Olympics knows no boundaries, being abroad did not deter Dr. Edmond Gue from Burkina-Faso, from volunteering at a Healthy Athletes event.View Story Since Special Olympics knows no boundaries, being abroad did not deter Dr. Edmond Gue from Burkina-Faso, from volunteering at a Healthy Athletes event. After hearing the news that Special Olympics Italy would be hosting their Summer Games in La Spezia in June, Dr. Gue (Health Promotion Clinical Director) immediately got in touch with Filippo Inversi (Regional Clinical Advisor, Europe-Eurasia) who had trained him in 2012, during the Special Olympics Unity Cup in South Africa. It did not take long for Dr. Gue to fit right in with the rest of the HP team, who were happy to have an opportunity to share the experience with a someone from another region. Even the athletes were surprised that there was a doctor all the way from Africa! The Special Olympics Italy Health Promotion team were delighted to host Dr. Gue and were grateful for his dedication and willingness to volunteer - at home and in Italy!

About Lauren Wyndham Quin:Healthy Athletes, Africa
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June 26, 2014 | Africa: Malawi

Malawi addresses clean drinking water

By Mr Felix Chisowa

Contaminated water poses a serious health risk to families and causes gastrointestinal and stomach illnesses. Special Olympics Malawi tackled the water sanitization issue head on during a Family Health Forum.View Story Contaminated water poses a serious health risk to families and causes gastrointestinal and stomach illnesses like nausea, vomiting, cramps and diarrhoea. In contrast, drinking clean water protects the body from disease, improves overall health and aids children in developing a healthy immune system. Special Olympics Malawi tackled the water sanitization issue head on during a Family Health Forum held in Salima and Nkhata Bay in the month of April. Family members that attended received water packs which serve as a more hygenic option for carrying water and are also more practical and comfortable than the less sanitary bucket system. The benefits of the water packs are numerous in that it helps women and children avoid the chronic pain and spinal injury caused by carrying heavy water jugs stop thier heads in the traditional fashion; the pack is 7 times lighter and 7 times smaller to store than a 20L capacity jerry cans and finally it is a much safer alternative to buckets and jerry cans. A Family member and district coordinator, Mr. Bernard Flezer, commended Special Olympics for the great contribution they have made to the community and expressed his gratitude on behalf of the community members and himself. This initiative is part of the programs Healthy Communities Project aimed at reducing health risks for the community and Special Olympics Malawi athletes in particular.

About Mr Felix Chisowa :Special Olympics Malawi National Director
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June 26, 2014 | Africa: Kenya

Special Olympics Kenya athletes form an input council

By Mr John Makathimo

In Nairobi, Kenya, 9 athletes and 5 mentors from 5 regions participated in a 2-day Athlete Leadership Program workshop to prepare athletes to form an Athlete Input Council in the country.View Story In Nairobi, Kenya, 9 athletes and 5 mentors from 5 regions participated in a 2-day Athlete Leadership Program workshop to prepare athletes to form an Athlete Input Council in the country. The training also included facilitators who will help guide, structure and grow athlete’s ideas. The workshop was opened by the National Director of Special Olympics Kenya, Mr. John Makhatimo, who welcomed the participants. He urged the athletes to be proactive in fully utilizing this opportunity to be part of the council and become decision makers for athletes in the country. The objective of the training was to provide Athlete Leadership Program skills and to ensure the participants understood their roles as leaders and those of athlete representatives. Athletes were also introduced to the ideology and purpose of an Athlete Input Council. The role of the Athlete Input Council is to give Athletes a platform to give and provide feedback on topics pertinent to their program.

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June 26, 2014 | Africa: Botswana

35 Botswana athlete leaders receive HIV/AIDS education

By Mr Ross Tebele

Special Olympics Botswana partnered with the Ministry of Health to host an Athlete Leadership Programs training to educate Special Olympics athlete leaders about HIV/AIDS.View Story Special Olympics Botswana, with the assistance of Sports Director Mr. Tebogo Ditlhokwa, partnered with the Ministry of Health to host an Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs) training to educate Special Olympics athlete leaders about HIV/AIDS. Ms. Kabo Ngombe, a health officer with the Ministry of Health, conducted the training. She was amazed by how knowledgeable the athletes were regarding HIV/AIDS. The leaders who were trained will join Ms. Ngombe to help educate more athletes as part of a drive to create awareness on the HIV/AIDS health pandemic. This initiative was taken by the program in an effort to educate athletes about HIV/AIDS and also to educate them on their rights and sexual abuse. HIV/AIDS was placed firmly on the agenda during the recent Special Olympics African Leaders Forum on Disability hosted by the Malawi Government.

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Aug 7, 2014

Zimbabwe National Games

Please join Special Olympics Zimbabwe on August 7-10 at Harare National Stadium as athletes from around the country compete in various sports and celebrate their 2014 National Games.
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Dr. Molly Matambanashe
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Phone:+263 772 423 83
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Harare National Stadium
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ZIMBABWE

Aug 10, 2014

Botswana National Games

Please join Special Olympics Botswana on August 8-15 at Botswana National Stadium as athletes from around the country compete in various sports and celebrate their 2014 National Games.
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Mr Ross Tebele
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Phone:+267392 3090
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Botswana National Stadium
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Gaborone
BOTSWANA

Aug 16, 2014

Togo National Games

Please join Special Olympics Togo on August 16th at Lome National Stadium as athletes from around the country compete in various sports and celebrate their 2014 National Games. For more details, please refer to the contact information
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Phone:+228 90004 4550
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Lome National Stadium
04 BP 561
Lomè
TOGO

Aug 29, 2014

Swaziland National Games

Please join Special Olympics Swaziland on August 29-30 in Mbabane as athletes from around the country compete in various sports and celebrate their 2014 National Games. For more details, please refer to the contact information.
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Phone:+268 762 19813
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Office 25 DPM Building
Mbabane
SWAZILAND

Sep 12, 2014

Seychelles National Games

Please join Special Olympics Zimbabwe on September 12-13 at Stad Linite as athletes from around the country compete in various sports and celebrate their 2014 National Games. For more details, please refer to the contact information.
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Phone:+248 251 2181
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Stad LiniteVictoria
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Sep 13, 2014

Burkina Faso National Games

Please join Special Olympics Burkina Faso on September 13-14 in Ouagadougou as athletes from around the country compete in various sports and celebrate their 2014 National Games. For more details, please refer to the contact information.
For more information
Ms Annick Pikbougoum
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Phone:+226 7027 2883
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01 BP 411
Ouagadougou
BURKINA FASO

Sep 23, 2014

Uganda National Games

Please join Special Olympics Uganda on September 23-27 at Kampala National Stadium as athletes from around the country compete in various sports and celebrate their 2014 National Games. For more details, please refer to the contact information.
For more information
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Phone:+256 414 270 710
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Kampala National Stadium
Plot 254 Kabanjagala Road
Kampala
UGANDA

Sep 27, 2014

Mauritius National Games

Please join Special Olympics Mauritius on September 27th at Mauritius National Stadium as athletes from around the country compete in various sports and celebrate their 2014 National Games. For more details, please refer to the contact information.
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Phone:+230 5428 1857
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Mauritius National Stadium
Royal Road, Grand Retraite
Bon Accueil
MAURITIUS

Oct 9, 2014

Malawi National Games

Please join Special Olympics Malawi on October 9th at Kamuau Stadium Grounds as athletes from around the country compete in various sports and celebrate their 2014 National Games. For more details, please refer to the contact information.
For more information
Mr Felix Chisowa
Email:somalawidirector@gmail.com
Phone:+265 999 321 885
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Kamuau Stadium Grounds
Plot BE 254
Blantyre
MALAWI


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