YOUNG ACHIEVEMENT SPORTS FOR DEVELOPMENT (YASD)
Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
Combat sport: Boxing
Focus areas: Peace-building and youth leadership
Joined the FFP Alumni: December 2012
Contact: Petros Chatiza
Zimbabwe is a country with extremely high unemployment, economic instability, and human rights violations. YASD works in slum neighbourhood of Harare where political tensions and instability often result in political or gang violence, making living conditions even harder for the community, and especially young people.
The community in which YASD works is significantly affected by a cycle of drug abuse, low school attendance, illiteracy and youth violence, with each issue compounding the others. In response YASD has developed a number of interventions aimed at engaging with young people in the area. These include educational programmes, recreational therapy and psychosocial support, alongside a number of sports activities.
YASD is working with FFP to introduce a boxing programme. They will use this new sport as a platform specifically designed to engage those young people in leadership positions of local gangs. They will also implement gang member-outreach programmes that FFP has developed in Rio and that have been successful in supporting young people to exit formal gang structures to build better, safer futures for themselves.