Tanzania: Moshi Football Initiative
The Moshi Football Initiative- Moshi, Tanzania
The Ismaili Youth Soccer Camp (IYSC) began as a non-profit, grass roots camp in July 2002. It's founder Amyn Bhulji, yearned to create and leave behind a soccer legacy since his days of playing semi-professional soccer in the 1970s in Tanzania.
With the help of IYSC co-founder, Abeed Hirji, IYSC got its start. All those on board that assisted with the organization and implementation of the camp were volunteers--from the Directors to the Coaches to the snack committee. IYSC is what it is today because of the tireless effort and dedication of more than a hundred volunteers over the years.
Generous donors have continued to step forward year after year, donating items such as soccer apparel, nutritious food and beverages for kids’ snacks and other donations in kind.
IYSC is a big proponent of giving too, like the uniforms and soccer boots donations to Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar. Thanks to the generous donations received by a multitude of IYSC sponsors, it has been able to cater to kids from low-income households that cannot afford to pay the camp registration fees.
As this continues to be a non-profit camp run by volunteers, IYSC registration fees are kept minimal and are used to cover the cost of running the soccer camp. It is open to all youths, regardless of race, ethnicity, faith, gender, athletic ability, special needs and socio-economic status.
It is an all-inclusive camp that boasts an average attendance of 180 kids annually. They aim to have kids actively participate in sport while developing core, life-long skills, such as leadership, team building, fair play and good health.
Today, IYSC continues to be self-sufficient and 100% volunteer operated. It has branched out from its humble beginnings in Vancouver, BC to Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta.
We (IYSC) are proud to be partnering with ICO, through the efforts of Sabrina Meherally, the Canadian ICO Lead and Jenna Hussein, the Tanzania Football Initiative Lead, the two respective ICO members.
Our motto: Give HOPE where there is despair.