This project was founded in 2013 by a Tanzanian teacher, Joseph Smith, who recognized that sports can change lives by providing hope for those who face adversity and challenges. It works with various schools in Arusha to increase sports participation to help build healthier children and promote community connectedness.
Joseph Smith and other coaches offer football training several times a week for children aged from 3 to 17. These children train with the aim of being placed in a professional club once they turn 18. The ‘Meru Warriors Talent Program’ looks for talented children in the student league throughout Tanzania, who are then supported by scholarships and housed together in Arusha.
The project also supports talented young people from disadvantaged families who face hardship and challenges. It seeks to empower children who face adversity. The social support they receive, through training and grants, helps them feel connected to their communities and creates a sense of belonging. And the regular practice of a team sport helps them learn values such as self-control, discipline, perseverance and respect.