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Second ASC 46 generation at Esperance


webMuraho! Nitwa Jannik. Mfite imyaka cumi n’umunani. Ndi umudage. I was living in Germany, in a small village in the east part of Germany, near Berlin. Since the 15th August 2017, I’m volunteer at Esperance in Rwanda, Kigali. Esperance is a great organization, which is working with kids, to give them a better prospect, using sport as the medium. I really want to aid Esperance, with my experiences and knowledge.
After finishing my high school in Germany, I wanted to see a different part of the world. I’m very interested in the African culture and people, so I decided to apply for a volunteer service in Africa. I’m here in Rwanda, because of the interesting tasks at Esperance & school and the beautiful country.
I’d like to collect as much experiences as possible, to see many places in East Africa and to assist the school and Esperance. In Germany I’m referee in football since 2012. It enables a different view on football and it’s a good for self-confidence and assertiveness. Germany has twelve divisions and my goal is to become a referee in the fourth division and to be referee in the second division in Rwanda. I’m also interested in playing football, volleyball and running. After this year in Rwanda, I’d like to become a teacher for high school or a manager of health care.


Nitwa Hanna, ndi umudagekazi. Mfite imyaka cumi n’icyenda. Ndi umuvolontere muri Esperance. Ntuye ku Kimisagara.
I have lived here in Kigali since August 2017 and I am eager to improve my Kinyarwanda skills. Until August 2018 Rwanda will be my new home.
I decided to do a voluntary service in an African country to experience the African way of living and thinking and to give Rwandese the chance to learn more about German culture. I am glad that my sending organization chose Rwanda as the partner land. The motto of the ASC 46 is “Sport has the power to change the world.” – by Nelson Mandela. I believe that Esperance is the perfect NGO to represent this motto. The idea to teach children values like fair play, peace and important life skills through football, a game which is loved by almost every child, seems to be the best way. Therefore, I am very happy to be part of the Esperance family now.
In Germany, I just finished High School and did a sport called vaulting. It is like gymnastics on a horse in a team consisting of 10 people. Therefore, I can tell from firsthand experience that through doing sports in a team you develop a special sensibility for how to treat each other.

During my first few weeks living in Kimisagara I have already experienced a lot and I even feel like my way of seeing the world has changed. Moreover, I am convinced that both sides profit from this cultural exchange. While I can give Rwandese people the chance to learn more about Germany and our way of living, I have the unique possibility to gain experiences that might widen my own horizon.

The Kimisagara Youth League


EsperanceOrganized by Esperance and Philipp Schoenlaub, The Kimisagara Youth League is an U16 Championship with 8 Teams. It is the first attempt to start a Youth League in Kigali. The main objective is to give children around Kimisagara the opportunity to play Football in a competitive and on a regular basis. From July to the beginning of September the Youth League has its’ 28 matches. Every Team plays against every team so that there can be seen a winner of the first Kimisagara Youth Championship in September of 2017.
Every participating Team will get a prize in terms of materials. As well as the first four teams will win additional training materials. There are challenges that we will face. Punctuality and fairness are of primary importance to make this League a successful project. Therefore, we as an organizer are strict to ensure the potential of
enlargement and improvement and to make this project sustainable.

First Match day: Results

Saturday, 29th of July

1pm :Esperance F.C. 4 – 2 Gitikinyoni F.C.

3pm :Hirwa Training Center 0 – 3 20 Stars

Second match day: Results

Monday, 31st of July

2pm :Green Star Football Academy 2 – 2 Étoile du Rwanda

4pm :  Comejoga F.C 1 – 0 Snipers F.C.

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book carnaval4In preparation for the ‘International Literacy Day’ Esperance hosted a creative pre-festival on the 17th of June at the Kimisagara Football for Hope Center. Together with Grace Rwanda Society, Kigali Public Library, GAMA ARTS Rwanda and the local community, Esperance gathered kids from all over Kimisagara to celebrate this day which was mainly about reading, writing, sport and particularly creativity. Through such activities youth from Kimisagara came in touch with the importance and especially the joy of reading books or writing own stories. They were encouraged and inspired to read from a variety of books from the library of Esperance. Table tennis and football combined the sport in a remarkable way with the educational and creative part. As a small motivation to all young artists the chance of winning prices, books or giveaways (T-shirts, bags, pens etc.…) was given in certain competitions. The winners of a drawing and writing contest as well as all participants who have written a story got some books and other giveaways to remember this day and to maintain their interests in expressing themselves through writing or drawing. The excited kids are already looking forward to the big main-festival in September: the ‘International Literacy Day’.

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Successful Root-Tournament


web“Football for everybody” was the moto of 20 children from Esperance on the way to the first U17 Root-Tournament, which took place on the 13th of May at Green Hills Academy. 9 teams and about 100 children were gathered to take part in two different competitions. Of course, our girls- and boys team had the winning mentality in their minds as well, but the tournament was mainly about children with diverse backgrounds playing against each other as fair sportsmen and -women. So, beside the two trophies for each gender, ‘fairplay’ would have been rewarded by a fair play-price. In the first match, our girls started a bit reluctant. 0:1 against a lucky team of Gisozi was the result of insufficient communication, but we kept on being optimistic. A draw against the team players of Green Hills Academy was the first point for our team. We got more and more into the match and so we won the last game with 2:0 against Root-Foundation. Unfortunately, we had a worse goal-difference, for what we did not reach the final. Our boys have started their competition with the first match against a strong team from G.S. Gisozi. 0:0 was a fair draw and the players could get a feeling for the pitch and the very small goals. 2 victories against Dream Team (5:0) and Root-Foundation (1:0) gave us a good basis to go for the last match against the boys from Green Hills Academy. The plan was not to lose, because either a victory or a draw would have been enough to win the title. Fortunately, the referee did not accept a wrong goal for Green Hills Academy. With lots of pressure and many chances against a very strong defending team of one of the best schools in Kigali our Esperance boys could reach a draw and in the end, win the trophy of the Root-Tournament. Green Hills Academy won the trophy of the girls’ competition and the fairplay award went to the girls of Gisozi. A very exciting and hot day was successfully finished by our motivated and celebrating players.