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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Upcoming Events Around the World


Date

Event

Location

May 5, 2014

Namibia National Games

Please join Special Olympics Nambia in celebrating their 2014 National Games, May 5-10 at the Katutura Football for Hope Center in Windhoek, Namibia.
For more information
Ms Esther Kambala
Email:ekambala@specialolympics.org
Phone:+264 61 302 403
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Katutura Football for Hope Center
Hans Uirab street, Katutura
Windhoek
NAMIBIA

May 16, 2014

Benin National Games

On May 16th and 17th the Benin National Games will take place in Rue du Renouvea. Athletes from around the country will show their skill and compete in a number of different sports.
For more information
Mr Gbaguide L. Armand
Email:gbaguidilinaa@yahoo.fr
Phone:+229 98404004
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Rue du Renouvea
BENIN

May 28, 2014

Zambia National games

Please join Special Olympics Zambia in celebrating their National Games during the month of May. It is a chance for athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete on a national level.
For more information
Mr William Sikapnda
Email:sozambiadirector1@gmail.com
Phone:+260 966 873 505
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Lusaka National Stadium
Kabwata Suburb Office off Burma Road

Lusaka , Zambia
ZAMBIA

May 30, 2014
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Special Olympics South Africa 5km Fun Walk/Run

Be a PART of the Tekkie Tax fundraising campaign taking place on 30 May 2014 and make your contribution to over 180 welfare organisations such as Special Olympics South Africa by participating in the SOSA Fun Walk/Run. Pre-register online using the link below.
For more information
Register Here
Mmane
Email:mmane@specialolympics.org.za
Phone:+27117063323
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St Stithians College
St Stithians College, 40 Peter Place(Corner Karen Street), Lyme Park

Sandton, Gauteng
SOUTH AFRICA

Jun 2, 2014

Tanzania National Games

Please join Special Olympics Tanzania in celebrating its 2014 National Games, a chance for athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete on a national level.
For more information
Mr Frank Macha
Email:sotanzaniadirector@gmail.com
Phone:+255 222 850 959
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Uhuru Stadium
Plot 3, Taifa Road

Dar es Salaam ,
TANZANIA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF

Jun 14, 2014

Senegal National games

Please join Special Olympics Senegal in celebrating their 2014 National Games, a chance for athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete on a national level.
For more information
Ms Rajah Diouri Sy
Email:rajahdiouri@yahoo.fr
Phone:+221 77 332 5909
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Dakar
SENEGAL

Jun 20, 2014

Kenya National games

Please join Special Olympics Kenya in celebrating their 2014 National Games, a chance for athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete on a national level.
For more information
Mr John Makathimo
Email:sokenyadirector2@gmail,com
Phone:+254 722 530 041
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Kenya National Stadium
1st Ngong Ave
Nairobi
KENYA

Jul 11, 2014

Rwanda National games

Please join Special Olympics Rwanda in celebrating their 2014 National Games.
For more information
Mr Bernard Mutabaruka
Email:bernardmutabaruka@yahoo.com
Phone:+250 788 749 631
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Kigali National Stadium Kigali
RWANDA

Aug 7, 2014

Zimbabwe National games

Please join Special Olympics Zimbabwe in celebrating its 2014 National Games.
For more information
Dr. Molly Matambanashe
Email:sozimbabwedirector1@gmail.com
Phone:+263 772 423 83
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Harare National Stadium
Old Mutual Centre, 13th floor, cnr 3rd street
Harare
ZIMBABWE

Aug 10, 2014

Botswana National Games

Please join Special Olympics Botswana in celebrating its 2014 National Games, which are an opportunity for athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete on a national level.
For more information
Mr Ross Tebele
Email:sobotswanadirector@gmail.com
Phone:+267392 3090
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Botswana National Stadium
Plot 1864, EXT 15,Nowane Road
Gaborone
BOTSWANA

Aug 16, 2014

Togo National games

Please join Special Olympics Togo in celebrating its 2014 National Games, a chance for athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete on a national level.
For more information
Mr Komla Galley
Email:sotogodirector@gmail.com
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 in celebrating its 2014 National Games, a chance for athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete on a national level.
For more information
Mr Wandile Fajudze
Email:soswazilanddirector1@gmail.com
Phone:+268 762 19813
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Office 25 DPM Building
Mbabane
SWAZILAND

Sep 12, 2014

Seychelles National games

Please join Special Olympics Seychelles in celebrating their 2014 National Games, a chance for athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete on a national level.
For more information
Ms. Erica Celeste
Email:soseychellesdirector2@gmail.com
Phone:+248 251 2181
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Victoria mache
Stad Linite
Victoria town
SEYCHELLES

Sep 13, 2014

Burkina Faso National Games

Please join Special Olympics Burkina Faso in celebrating their 2014 national games, a chance for athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete on a national level.
For more information
Ms Annick Pikbougoum
Email:soburkinafasodirector2@gmail.com
Phone:+226 7027 2883
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Ouagadougou
01 BP 411
Ouagadougou
BURKINA FASO

Sep 23, 2014

Uganda National games

Please join Special Olympics Uganda in celebrating its 2014 National Games, a chance for athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete on a national level.
For more information
Mr Denis Lutalo
Email:sougandadirector@gmail.com
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 in celebrating their 2014 national games, a chance for athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete on a national level.
For more information
Mr Satyagan Choytun
Email:somauritiusdirector1@gmail.com
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 in celebrating the 2014 National games, a chance for athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete on a national level.
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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Epsom Downs Office Park
13 Sloane Street
Bryanston, 2152
Johannesburg
South Africa

Office:  +27 11 706-3323
Email: asmith@specialolympics.org

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