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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


October 02, 2014 | Africa: Togo

Special Olympics Togo Unified Soccer Gala

By Mr Belo Mofou

Special Olympics Togo held a unified gala soccer match on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Akassimé football field in Hanoukopé, Lome district. It was organized as part of the re-launch of Special Olympics Togo.View Story Special Olympics Togo held a unified gala soccer match on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Akassimé football field in Hanoukopé, Lome district. It was organized as part of the re-launch of Special Olympics Togo activities. This Football event was attended by about fifty people with and without intellectual disability. The objective, according to Komla Galley, National Director of Special Olympics Togo, was to send a message that "people with developmental disabilities can live in the community and do things like anyone else." The competition took place in an atmosphere of good humor and cheerfulness. Although a team won on the playing field, there was no winner or loser. Special Olympics Togo was the only winner

About Mr Belo Mofou :Special Olympics Togo Board Chair
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October 02, 2014 | Africa: Senegal

Senegal Championship Day: Player Escorts

By Ms Rajah Diouri SY

On the championship day of Senegal Second Division League, Special Olympics footballers played the opening match at the Alassanne Djigo Pikine stadium.View Story On the championship day of Senegal Second Division League, Special Olympics footballers played the opening match at the Alassanne Djigo Pikine stadium. Our athletes also served as escorts to the players of the match between Guédiawaye Football Club and AS Saloum. Thank you to Guédiawaye CF who invited us! This commitment has brought our athletes happiness. They won by 4 goals to 0. Luck was also on our side and some help also YES!

About Ms Rajah Diouri SY :Special Olympics Senegal National Director
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October 02, 2014 | Africa: Senegal

Launch of Corniche West Training Location

By Ms Rajah Diouri SY

The city of Dakar allows us to conduct sports activities with our athletes on newly renovated Corniche West location. We took the opportunity to sign a partnership agreement with Mamadou Sakho AMSAK the footballer.View Story The city of Dakar allows us to conduct sports activities with our athletes on newly renovated Corniche West location. We took the opportunity to sign a partnership agreement with Mamadou Sakho AMSAK the footballer. We visited other partner associations Solidarity Ak Yaw, (Matou Martha Mariane Diogo) and especially the DTN table tennis which helped us set up our new table donated by Dr. Massamba Diop of SOS Médecins. We received parents who were very interested in this new location that will enable them conduct their sporting activities during training session for children. The morning was full of activities: table tennis, athletics, football and Young Athletes – All at Corniche West, Dakar.

About Ms Rajah Diouri SY :Special Olympics Senegal National Director
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August 27, 2014 | Africa: Malawi

Bringing Safer Water to Families in Malawi

By David Evangelista

Families in three major areas of Malawi will receive water transport and water security supplies as part of a new partnership between the government of Malawi, Special Olympics Malawi and PackH2O.View Story Families in three major areas of Malawi will receive water transport and water security supplies as part of a new partnership between the government of Malawi, Special Olympics Malawi and PackH2O. Families in Salima, Nkata Bay and Mchinji will get the supplies and training on how to use them in community forums. PackH2O provides waterproof backpacks that allow clean water to be carried more easily and securely than in buckets and jerry cans. The initiative is designed to empower families and entire communities to utilize new tools to ensure safer water transport and water security. Through the support of the Malawi Ministry of Disability, and leading development agencies like UNICEF, Special Olympics Malawi successfully delivered 150 water backpacks to families, while providing important health education on safe drinking water, disease prevention, and more. Special Olympics and PackH2O are keen to provide continuity of services and supplies to Kenya and Malawi, while expanding into more countries both in Africa and other regions. This project and others throughout Africa are the products of an African Leaders Forum on Disability held earlier this year in Malawi. That forum brought together Special Olympics with leaders of governments and aid agencies throughout Africa.

About David Evangelista:I am the Vice President of Global Development and Government Relations at Special Olympics.
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August 26, 2014 | Africa: Swaziland

Special Olympics Participates in Violence Against Children Conference

By Annemarie van Wieringen

Special Olympics and key leaders from government and civil society, as well as representatives from 20 countries, met recently to translate data on violence against children in to concrete response mechanisms – and action.View Story In a meeting organized by the Kingdom of Swaziland, UNICEF and Together for Girls, with support from the U.S government, key leaders from government and civil society, as well as representatives from 20 countries, united to translate data on violence against children in to concrete response mechanisms – and action. “Violence against children not only violates the rights of children but also brings long-term pain to the victims and their families...undermining their potential for national development,” said Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of Swaziland, Senator Paul Dlamini. The participation of Special Olympics in the Violence Against Children conference represents a growing presence of Special Olympics in the international cooperation space, namely in ensuring that the post-2015 Millennium Development Goal framework includes people with intellectual disabilities.

About Annemarie van Wieringen:I am the Director of Global Development and Government Relations at Special Olympics.
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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.
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Mr Felix Chisowa
Email: somalawidirector@gmail.com
Phone: +265 999 321 885
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