The Women of Nyamonge, Kenya, present Netball: a PSA without pity, from MamaHope.org

Today is International Woman's Day, and the Africa-focused NGO Mama Hope has released a timely video PSA on the women's art of netball.
Mama Hope believes that everyone should have a say in how they're represented. When asked what they would make a film about, the women of the Nyamonge neighborhood of Chiga village in Kisumu, Kenya said, "Netball. We always see African women as sad and poor. We want to make a video about something we love."

These women are multidimensional. Some own small businesses. Some farm, sell dried fish, make breakfast breads, sell fabric and scarves, or sing for a living. All of them are mothers and most are caregivers for orphans in their own home. They are leaders of water committees and microfinance groups. They also carry water on their heads for miles, live in one room homes with mud packed walls, and worry about paying their children's school fees. Their ability is infinite and inspiring. Amongst all this, It's practice four times a week and, at times, walking over four miles for tournaments. These ladies don't mess around.

Stop the Pity. Unlock the Potential.

(Thanks, Joe Sabia!)

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5 Responses to “The Women of Nyamonge, Kenya, present Netball: a PSA without pity, from MamaHope.org”

  1. Chris Ingram says:

    Awesome, let’s get them playing pro down here in Australia..

  2. lishevita says:

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing this!

  3. Great clip, but whoever said “walking over four miles” probably needs to walk more ;-)

    • Xeni Jardin says:

      Confusing copy there, but I think the point is that these women do not have access to cars and must walk a lot, bearing heavy loads of food, wood, water, and the like, every day in the course of just managing their lives.

  4. ohbejoyful says:

    “Now go out and play!”

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