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PART 3: Playing as a family in Tembisa

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In Tembisa, South Africa, One World Play Project partner Play for Fun, Learn for Life, is helping the youth in the Winnie Mandela Park neighborhood transform their own futures as well as that of their community. Little by little, through play-based learning sessions that are focused on education, health and social skills, Program Director Themba Chauke and his team are igniting change.

On an afternoon in November, we visited Play for Fun, Learn for Life in Tembisa at Reagile Primary School. We spent time with the coaches and the youth. During that time, participants Mxolisi and Mbali and Managing Director Emily shared their history with the organization and their thoughts on play.

“[Soccer] helps me impress the girls.” – Mxolisi, 11


How long have you been playing soccer with Play for Fun, Learn for Life?
5 months.

How’d you hear about the program?
My brother, Themba, told me about it.

What position do you play?
I’m a midfielder.

What do you love most about soccer?
Getting inside the cones by moving the ball.

How do you feel when you play?
I feel good, like, I feel comfortable.

How has play changed your life?
It helps me impress the girls.

Do you have a girlfriend?
No, I’m still young.

What do you find challenging?
Nothing. I can find what I need around my community.

What are your hopes and dreams for the future?
I dream that when I play soccer I can get far away. I want to be an engineer.

What does play mean to you?
I can’t answer that. I don’t know.

“I want to achieve a dream in my life.” – Mbali, 11


How long have you been playing soccer with Play for Fun, Learn for Life?
7 years.

How’d you hear about the program?
I heard from Themba. We live on the same street.

What position do you play?
I’m a forward.

What do you love most about soccer?
I like to teach other children how to play soccer.

How do you feel when you play?
I feel … I enjoy it. I feel like I can grow with it.

How has play changed your life?
When I play, I feel like I’m going too far. I must always be responsible for my dreams.

What are your hopes and dreams for the future?
I want to be a lawyer or pilot because I want to achieve a dream in my life. I want to take care of my family.

What does play mean to you?
It means a lot to me.

“We are a team, a big family.” – Emily Mogolane, managing director


How long have you been with Play for Fun, Learn for Life?
Since January 2017.

When did you start playing soccer?
When I was in primary school.

How do you feel when you play?
I feel amazing. It’s exercising. It teaches all of us; we just love sports—all of us.

What do you love most about soccer?
What I love most is getting these kids together, off the streets. We are exploring together socially, values. Everyone is learning from one another.

What’s challenging for Play for Fun, Learn for Life?
No shoes, training kids, want kids to be all the same / have the same opportunities, finances. I could see a lot of kids what they are experiencing. We are a team, a big family—learning from each other, respecting each other.

What are your hopes and dreams for the future?
I would like to grow with Play for Fun, Learn for Life. I would like to see kids achieve their dreams and become leaders with Play for Fun, Learn for Life.

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For more on Play for Fun, Learn for Life, visit globalgiving.org/projects/play-for-fun-learn-for-life.