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Yamkela is Giving Her All

Categories: ALL THE NEWS , HIV/AIDS
This holiday season, you have the opportunity to be a champion in the fight against AIDS.

Meet another champion - Yamkela,14 years old, from Khayelitsha, a sprawling township on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa where over 40% of the population is under the age of 19. For a girl in South Africa, the challenges are great: girls are up to four times more likely to be HIV positive than boys, teenage pregnancy rates are high, and drugs and gangs create an unsafe environment.

Yamkela says, “When I first got involved in Grassroot Soccer, I was initially attracted to the game, to playing soccer. I learned that in my own life, if I do this or that, there will be consequences. The coaches were also so friendly, and [got us] to see the impact of this program and what change it could bring to our lives.”
 
After graduating from her Grassroot Soccer program, Yamkela has stayed a part of the team by volunteering nearly every day after school. She’s recruited several friends to volunteer, and they host roundtable discussions among their peers about HIV prevention, risky behaviors, and the importance of getting tested.
 
She says: “I’ve changed a lot from my time with Grassroot Soccer, because before…I didn’t know where I was headed. But now I know where I’m from, where I’m headed, and where I want to be in the future. It’s built so much confidence in me, because I know what’s ahead for me. I am part of the team that is trying to build a generation that is free from HIV.”
 
Yamkela is taking the GRS motto to heart by educating, inspiring, and mobilizing her community to stop the spread of HIV.

Her journey has been made possible because of support from individuals like you.

You have the opportunity to continue supporting youth throughout Africa.

We hope you’ll consider a gift to GRS to help young people like Yamkela become leaders in achieving an AIDS-free generation. 

If you have already made your gift to Grassroot Soccer, we thank you for your generosity.

PS. Here are just a few examples of how your support can make a profound impact:
 
 $26 Provides 2 Youth with Access to HIV Testing & Counseling
 
 $50 Empowers a Young Person to Stop the Spread of HIV
 
 $100 Equips a Role Model with a GRS Coach's Kit
 
 $230 Supports 5 HIV+ Youth to Get on Treatment

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