Annet Sonko is an Ugandan citizen, a teacher, and a passionate advocate in sports for development, with a special focus on girls' participation and leadership in sports. She has been in Zambia since 2014 and currently working full time for Response Network (RN) as a Sports Coordinator. Her first trip to Zambia was through the Norwegian Agency for Exchange Cooperation (NOREC), Youth Sports Exchange Program (YSEP), as a South to South volunteer. She was attached to RN, an NGO working in rural communities using the self-help concept. After 10 months of volunteer work, she fell in love with rural Zambia and her passion for rural child empowerment sparked and this made her vow to come back to Zambia and continue her work. Volunteering for Nyawa United is fulfillment and unfolding of her dream gradually coming to reality!
Previously, Annet has worked with CHRISC Uganda between 2008 - 2014 as a Coordinator for HIV/AIDS. She is currently pursuing a BSc degree in Project Management at the Victoria Falls University Zambia.
Amy-Kristine Andersen worked in Zambia from August 2018 to February 2020 on a project raising awareness on gender-based violence in rural and urban areas in the Southern Province. The African continent has been a deep interest of hers for many years and especially after her visit to eSwatini in 2013. She is passionate about community-driven development and the advancement of technology in local and regional development on the African continent.
She has a strong commitment towards human rights and gender equality and has worked at UNHCR Stockholm, Amnesty International Norway and the Norwegian Refugee Council. In addition to working voluntarily for the Nyawa United project, she is also one of the Co-Founders of UNICEF Next Generation Oslo. Amy holds an MSc in Globalisation and Development from SOAS University of London and a BA Hons in International Relations from The University of Nottingham.
Anette Kristoffersen moved to Zambia in August 2018 to work for the Youth Sports Exchange Program, working and living in the rural village of Mambova, in the Southern Province. She has been working to promote gender equality and the rights of women and girls in the rural areas, specifically through sports programs and community engagement. Her experience includes over 10 years at Norway Cup, as well as a group leader for the Lillehammer Youth Olympic Games in 2016.
Anette holds an MA in Sport and International Development from the University of Brighton, and a BA in International Relations with History from the Lillehammer University College.
Amon Kasweka is a Zambian citizen. From 2012 to 2013 he was a South – North participant in Norway through the Youth Sports Exchange Program (YSEP), facilitated by the Norwegian Agency for Exchange Cooperation (NOREC). He strongly believes that sports work as a tool to sharpen the lives of youths through movement and activity, games and sports drills. In addition, sports are an important arena to address issues such as gender-based violence (GBV), HIV/AIDS, sports misconduct and other health related issues.
Amon is working full-time at the Livingstone-based NGO, Response Network. He has been part of the team as a Sports Coordinator for 6 years now and enjoy travelling to rural areas to facilitate workshops, carrying out important sensitization meetings, as well as organising sports activities with children and youth. Amon has studied Sports Science and has acquired wider knowledge and skills on sports for development and has a strong belief in the self-help approach.
Sandra Instebø is from the Western Coast of Norway and worked in Zambia from August 2018 until June 2019. She lived in a rural village outside Livingstone, where she worked on facilitating sports activities for children and women. During her stay she established a self-help Women’s Group, focusing on teaching the females English, in addition to physical activity. Sandra has a deep interest in sports and developing people’s physical, as well as mental health. She is currently working as a personal trainer in Oslo but has been a kickboxing instructor for young teenagers for many years.
In 2017, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Acting, and has been involved in smaller film and tv-series projects in Norway and abroad. She loves working with children and has produced her own children’s theatre play.
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