Fun, competitive and the perfect way to stay active, soccer is a favourite past time for our kids at Doyle Farm. From friendly matches between staff and children, to boys vs girls battles, each match holds the opportunity for healing, connection and bonding.
The importance of play at Rafiki Mwema
Rafiki Mwema uses Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP), a therapeutic parenting model, to support children that have experienced immense trauma. Through this approach we help them to repair mentally, physically and emotionally. A pillar of this process is play.
Coming together as a team to play soccer provides our children with a fun opportunity to develop skills which strengthen their sense of self. This organic play helps with things like future planning and problem solving; building self-confidence and self-esteem; developing resilience; helping with communication; and social, emotional and physical development.
We believe that if we can change the ways that boys think and act, then we can change generations to come.
Soccer at Rafiki Mwema
During the recent school holidays, our boys really ramped up their soccer. Forming their own team – the Rafiki Boys – they threw themselves into training daily, saying they needed to be fit and active to face the other teams throughout the holiday. Working hard to hone their skills they put in some solid time on the field.
Not letting the boys have all the fun, our girls also got involved kicking the ball around the compound.
At the end of March, the Rafiki Mwema boys (pictured below, left) put their skills to the test and played a friendly match with a team of boys from town (pictured below, right). They played a good and fair game but in a nail bitingly close match, were ultimately defeated 4-3. All the boys had a great day and enjoyed themselves.
Read more about the importance of soccer and play in the lives of our children HERE.