Harper Albo visits Kick4Life
Harper Albo, of AM Hall Consulting, visited the Kick4Life Centre in Lesotho earlier this week, learning more about our work and delivering a number of personal development sessions for K4L staff and participants.
Harper, from the USA, has previously been involved with organising the annual Kick4Life Gala in New York City and was excited to see our work in action for the first time.
During her stay, Harper had the chance to interact with a number of Kick4Life Academy students who recently graduated from high school, some of whom are hoping to secure student-athlete scholarships in the United States. She shared with them about living and studying in the US, and discussed the different courses which they might be able to pursue
She also participated in a Girls United session, exploring topics such as gender rights and developing key life-skills to safely uphold them, as well as spending time with the hospitality team, learning how our social enterprises - No7 Restaurant and Hokahanya Inn & Conference Centre - generate income to pursue Kick4Life’s charitable work. And there was also time to get on the pitch, with Harper leading a drill for the U11 boys group at the Kick4Life Soccer Schools, as well as watching the Kick4Life men's and women;'s team in action.
Harper said, ‘After being on the ground, connecting with people and the program participants, and seeing the communities that are served through K4L, I can now grasp the holistic impact of this wonderful establishment - not only for its players, student-athletes and staff, but for the various communities and neighbourhoods. Kick4Life is a safe space - a place to call home; a place to make friends; and a place to play soccer with no barriers or boundaries'.
Kick4Life’s Country Director, Motlatsi Nkhahle added, ‘Harper's visit to Kick4Life was simply joyful. Her passion for Sport for Development and her intimate knowledge of Kick4Life, at least from afar, enabled her to make instant and meaningful connections with everyone she came into contact with. Everyone who interacted with her, and her equally joyful parents, walked away with some good impressions. We are very glad to have hosted her for a short while and are particularly grateful for the capacity-building sessions she held for our different departments.'