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What is the Africaid Trust?

The Africaid Trust is the overseeing parent company that operates the WhizzKids United programme. The Africaid Trust, created by HIV nurse specialist Marcus McGilvray, is a registered charity in the United Kingdom (Reg. No. 1045461) and South Africa (Reg. No. 051-379-NPO).

What is WhizzKids United?

WhizzKids United is an interactive, youth-focused programme that uses the game of football to educate adolescents about life skills, gender equality, health, HIV and AIDS prevention. The WhizzKids United programme was launched in 2006 in Edendale, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The mission is to deliver excellence in HIV and AIDS prevention, care, treatment and support to youth worldwide through the medium of football.

Where does WhizzKids United currently operate?

Our main office is based in Durban, South Africa (RSA). But, we operate our WhizzKids United programme in four different nearby communities: Jozini, Umlazi, Northern eThekwini and Edendale, Pietermaritzburg. Extensions of our programme are also operating in the Western Cape province (RSA), the North West province (SA) and the country of Ghana.

What and where is the WhizzKids United Health Academy?

The WhizzKids United Health Academy is our adolescent-focused health centre that offers the best in HIV counselling and treatment, management of sexually transmitted infections (STI), antiretroviral (ARV) treatment and youth guidance. Furthermore, the Health Academy also provides many great after-school resources for the youth such as activity-centered clubs, academic support groups and our very own Mixed Gender Football League.

Opened on June 1, 2010, the WhizzKids United Health Academy is located in front of the Edendale hospital in Edendale, Pietermaritzburg.

How does the WhizzKids United programme work?

The WhizzKids United programme starts off by our team coming into an agreement with a school to implement our interactive version of life skills orientation for the students. Once the agreement is established, our Life Skills trainers will work closely with the school's Life Orientation teachers to incorporate On the Ball, our Life Skills manual that uses soccer as an analogy for life.

On the Ball is a 16-hour, 8-course manual that takes football drills to teach life lessons. Once our Life Skills trainers and students have completed On the Ball, the students will be rewarded in the fashion of an all-day, mixed gender football tournament. Our tournaments mimic the exact setup of the FIFA World Cup that allows us to award students for their hard work as well as a player or team for the Fair Play award.

In order to reinforce the teachings of our programme, we also implement "Team Talk", our peer education initiative. "Team Talk" is when two students, a boy and a girl, are selected as "captains" by our Life Skills trainers to become peer leaders at their schools in the topic of health, education and gender equality. Lastly, we ensure that not only the "captains" but also all of the participating students are educated on the location of their closest health clinic in the community.

On average, our programme lasts generally for two to three months. However, we base our programme to achieve four goals: engagement, celebration, reinforcement and long-term support. By the conclusion of our programme, the youth will be educated on how to sustain healthy behaviour and lifestyle choices.

How does WhizzKids United monitor and evaluate its programmes?

WhizzKids United is committed to monitoring and evaluation of all its programmes in order to measure outputs against targets and evaluate the impact of its programmes upon beneficiaries. Outputs of the school-based interventions are measured using attendance registers and weekly progress reports filed by facilitators. This information is all captured into an electronic database that allows for efficient, accurate reporting.

Evaluations are conducted using pre- and post-test questionnaires (administered using mobile technology) that measure change in predictors of sexual risk behaviour, such as knowledge, attitudes, self-efficacy, gender norms, and future orientation. Focus groups discussions and photography are also used to gain a qualitative understanding of the programmes' impacts.

How can a person volunteer for WhizzKids United?

A person can volunteer in a variety of roles in the organisation. You can volunteer for the Programme team, the Operations team or the Monitoring and Evaulation team. If you are interested in volunteering for WhizzKids United, then please make sure to check our Recruitment page regularly for the latest updates and announcements. If you also have any questions about volunteering, then you can contact Stefan Kunze.
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