This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically altered daily life for all of us across the Globe. Lockdowns, restricted public interactions and movement amongst other numerous government regulations are a common phenomenon. Kenya has been in various forms of hard lockdown for most of 2020. The country was one of the rest in Africa to heavily restrict movement and impose a curfew to mitigate the risks of the COVID-19 pandemic. Restrictions on movement have impacted livelihoods, educational progress and general business activities. Schools, our key community entry points, remained closed from March until September 2020, with only the examination classes returning for the remainder of the year.
The COVID-19 pandemic required immediate and thoughtful pivoting of TYSA’s programming, operations, and priorities. Besides the effects on the health of people around the world, the pandemic threatened livelihoods and pushed vulnerable communities and young people to even further levels of poverty. Access to the sports eld was limited in 2020 and our program staff worked remotely to mitigate risks of exposure. Despite the challenges that came with the pandemic, TYSA still managed to run its programmatic obligations and saw to it
that key deliverables with its strategic partners; Bundesliga International, Street Football World(sfw); TSG Hoffenheim Football club of Germany; ISA; The German Government; FIDA amongst many others were achieved.
This year also marks TYSA’S 20th anniversary. In this, we celebrate a signicant milestone in the life cycle of TYSA’a existence. Indeed, as you delve into the details of this impact report you shall experience the TYSA journey through real life narrations from those who have walked the same over the years as well as the aspirations and desires of its founders.
In 2021 and in tandem with TYSA 20-year anniversary, TYSA shall ofcially bid farewell to its founder Francis Gichuki who shall be exiting mainstream organizational operations. This, we believe not only paves way for entry of next generation TYSA but also frees him to
the world of possibilities where he gets to serve and share his experiences with a wider audience as he also pursues his other aspirations.
We do trust that 2021 shall be different and are already gearing up to achieve signicant milestones in our programmatic interventions, organizational development goals and general community outreach as we, our partners and target communities adopt to this ‘new normal’.
In the same breath, the TYSA Board sincerely appreciates the support of all its donors, partners, supporters and communities who remained committed to the cause amidst a global pandemic.
We do say ‘Ahsante Sana’.
We welcome you to the TYSA 2020 Impact report!
Chairperson, TYSA BOARD