South Africa and 2010 Soccer World Cup

From tomorrow many of us will spend our time watching Soccer World Cup 2010, that will be held in South Africa.

This is the most important soccer competition, and it represents a unique opportunity of investments and economic incoming, as well as an important showcase for the whole country.

I hope that all the people that are working there (journalists, tv operators, photographers, ecc.) and even the supporters coming from all over the world will be able to tell us not only about some soccer matches.

I hope they will be the witnesses of social life, focusing their (and our!) attention on a Country, a Continent that need a deep awareness from all of us.

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Following the good example given by varous NGO as Doctors without Borders and AMREF, we don’t have to miss the opportunity to talk about projects, life, needs of South African people.

As for the Rugby Championship in 1995, this is also an opportunity to fight against apartheid, that unfortunately is still alive.

If you’d like to tell something about your experiences in South Africa, don’t hesitate to use this blog!

Enjoy your championship and let’s have an alternate view of  2010 World Cup!


Monday, June 14, 2010
2:00pm – 6:30pm
Waithaka Divisional Headquarters


AMREF is partnering Africa Goal to screen World Cup matches live across Africa, starting in Kenya on June 11 and ending in South Africa on July 11.

The aim of the project is two-pronged: to bring the World Cup, on a large screen, to communities in remote or poor areas that do not have access to such an opportunity to view the matches, and to use the opportunity presented by the ready audience to deliver messages on HIV and AIDS. Africa Goal is partnering with local health organisations, and AMREF is one of those they would like to work with in Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa.

AMREF’s role is to organise the venues – such as a football field, or market ground – mobilise people to come and watch the match, and engage the audience in discussions and messages on HIV for about two hours before the screening in the form of talk, drama, music, question-and-answer sessions or other forms of presentation, or a combination of various forms. The Africa Goal team will provide the equipment, while AMREF organises the venue, mobilises the audience and delivers the health messages.

The first screening under this partnership will be in Dagoretti, and the match of the day shall be that between Japan and Cameroon. Children from the AMREF Dagoretti Child in Need Project will perform plays, poems and skits with a public viewing of Mapenzi Tamu and there after, a question and answer question for the audience based on the day’s performances.


Christmas news (3): Rome, Africa, and environment

Paper Xmas Tree1) Rome Top Ten’ update

As I told you in a previous post,  it’s very hard to list just a ‘Top Ten’ for Rome. That’s why I’d like to add a suggestion I received about another important exhibition: ‘Picasso: the art’s Harlequin’ at Vittoriano, until February 8th, 2009

2) AMREF for African children

Next Saturday and Sunday (Dec 20th and 21st) it will be possible to support a vaccination campaign for children from North Uganda, by visiting AMREF (African Medical & Research Foundation) info points in 12 important Italian cities.

In particular, you can contribute by buying a bottle of Italian red wine (Aglianico) or a calendar. You’ll find me in Rome,  at Largo Argentina Amref ‘s point, close to the Holy Area ruins. Looking forward to seeing you!!!!

3) A ‘sustainable’ Christmas Tree

Every year, in December, I wonder how to be as eco-savvy as possible with my Christmas Tree.  As I don’t want to give this tradition up, I spend a lot of time looking for the best solution. Here, you can find some good suggestions for a ‘sustainable’ Christmas Tree:

– if you can plant a tree after Christmas holidays, always best buying a natural tree with roots

– as alternative, look for a fake biodegradable tree

– last but not the least… be creative! My friend Tamara made some awesome Christmas trees using newspaper (look at the picture!)

… be continued!!!