As part of our countdown to our participation at the WI Women's Soccer Advisory Council Soccer Symposium, we will be sharing stuff from years gone by, mostly Maka’s involvement in the global sport. The sport is indeed a great equalizer, a fun sport played, watched and supported by generations of men, women, girls and boys across the world.
Before founding MTC Educate A Girl Inc. - Maka Chikowero FanPage Maka worked closely with Mrs Nyaradzayi.Gumbonzvanda , a lawyer, girls rights defender and gender champion in her rural community of Magaya in Murehwa and Shamva, Zimbabwe and beyond. Nyaradzai was excited when she heard that Maka played soccer and was also trying her hand at swimming. It was through this interaction with “Auntie Nyari” and her now mentor Farirai that Maka learned that the girls did not really play soccer as she did because they had no proper uniforms and that soccer was mainly a male sport in most places and this broke her heart.
After being invited by Auntie Nyari to the the United Nations Youth Conference in New York at age 10 (and getting to meet then UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-Moon), Maka resolved to help the girls get a proper soccer kits and change stereotypes especially in rural Zimbabwe. Her mission started by saving her own money she got as an allowance, and asking for more chores she could do to earn extra, and started buying one soccer jersey at a time.
Seeing her determination, Maka got some help from her parents and some donations of soccer balls from Adidas USA. Maka eventually put together a full kit that was donated to Magaya Secondary School Girls in Murehwa Zimbabwe through Rozaria Memorial Trust .
In August 2016, Auntie Nyari’s Rozaria Memorial Trust managed to host a first ever all-girls soccer tournament with some girls coming from as far as Seke near Harare! The Murehwa community came out to watch and cheer the girls play. Overall outreach was to over 500 people. The kit that came all the way from the USA was the winners prize together with a trophy and tuition. Magaya Secondary who did not disappoint at the tournament; they won the tournament shield outright and the whole kit!