As we are fast approaching the end of 2016, PeacePlayers International – South Africa (PPI-SA) wants to take a step back and reflect on the year we have had as an organization for this week’s blog. It has been 281 days of hard work and dedication from PPI-SA coaches and staff. 281 days, over 450 children and 70 games later, we can say we had a successful year of programming. We have compiled a list of events/highlights that stood out for us and that have made 2016 a memorable year.
- Participating in the PeacePlayers International Cyprus – Lead4PeaceCamp: This year, PPI-SA sent four participants, one from the PSP programme and three from our LDP programme to Cyprus for the camp. It was so heartwarming to see the reaction on the participants and their parents’ faces when we told them their child had been selected. From the visa applications to the day the returned from Cyprus, parents and schools were so helpful and excited.
- PeacePlayers International – SA Evaluation Week: For the first time in 15 years of operating, PPI-SA had its very first evaluation of effectiveness and relevance of its programme. The evaluation needed all staff from all departments to work together to gather the data needed. From handing our surveys to facilitating focus groups, everyone pulled their weight. With the results, PPI-SA can now say there is qualitative and quantitative evidence that proves why our programme is relevant and needed in our communities.
- Participating at the Pietermaritzburg Girls High Vaal Fowler Invitational Girls Tournament: PPI-SA LDP Allstar Girls’ team travelled to Pietermaritzburg (45 minutes south of Durban) to participate in the girls invitational basketball tournament. This year was the first time PPI-SA was able to afford to travel and participate in the weekend long tournament. The amount of exposure and experience our girls got from this tournament was huge, as they got to compete against the best teams in the province and country.
None of the above would have happened if it was not for our partners, our donors – Laureus SA Foundation, Goldman Sachs Gives, Cultural Care Kids First Foundation, the U.S. Consulate General Durban, SAPREF, Nelson Mandela Childrens Foundation, Jotun South Africa, Cooee Soft Drinks, and Futurelife. We thank you all for your continued support and investment in our programme. Your commitment has made a great impact in lives of participants!
Thank you to our schools, school representatives, principals and participants. We can not wait for 2017, to see the smiles on your faces and to help you make our communities in Durban –peaceful and safe.
THANK YOU. SIYABONGA. BAIE DANKIE. ENKOSI KAKHULU.