Kidus Kerra- the Legacy of Kidus laid the third Football project at Hawassa
Hawassa, is highly known and recognized for its best players in Ethiopia. The current National team skipper Shimeles Bekele, who was one of Kidus’s favorite player, born and raised in this city. Not only Shimeles but also, Adane Girma, Mulugeta Mihret, Behailu Demeke and many have managed to play at higher level. Due to these achievements and success stories youths are under pressure to follow the footsteps of their older brothers.
But due to lack of opportunity and follow ups, many talents are lost. Our foundation recognize the potential of Hawassa in making the next hero that, we have decided to support players living around ”Kerra Meda”, locally named to represent the butchers filed, one of the many football fields where most elites grew up. Our foundation is willing to provide all football and education related support so as to fulfill the needs and demands of the children.
Kidus Legacy has launched its second project at Teferi Kella, Sidama Regi0n
Teferi Kella, a small town 282 Km South of Addis Ababa. A very integrated society with plenty of cultural heritage and topography. Decent weather, welcoming people and so on. Further, when it comes to football the trend is so unique and fascinating. Elders, children, men and women all gather around the one and the only football field the town has. As a dweller, kids are not expected to be a footballer but they are demanded to be passionate towards the sport. Due to the limited resource and opportunity, the town has seen so many lost talents.
Kidus’s Legacy was meant to address and fill such gap that the foundation has laid down its second football project outside the capital Addis Ababa. 25 kids from the age of 13-15 were screened out and have started to train under the well recognized, former player and elderly coach of the town, Sintayehu Eshete. The foundation provides financial, technical and material support.
Kidus Legacy held its Graduation Ceremony
The effort and success of Kidus trainees at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia has been recognised in ceremonial graduation on July 2022. The foundation has been supporting their training in terms of finance and equipment for two years. Most of the children are at the age of fifteen and getting such kind of opportunity maximizes their potential so as to fulfil the football demand in the country. The foundation is working in collaboration with Addis Ababa University, where the latter provides facilities and human resources from the Sport Science Department.
During the ceremonial gathering Ato Habtamu Lemma, the founder and president of the foundation addressed the audience the cause behind the foundation which was the lifetime dream of his beloved son Kidus Habtammu. According to him, the essence of this foundation is to reach the underserved football population and bringing up well educated, highly talented and law-abiding citizens through football. He remarked, this is just the beginning and the foundation, and its members will be his priority.
Trainees of Kidus at Addis Ababa University have surprised Ato Habtamu Lemma, who they consider as a Football Father, during the graduation ceremony with cultural dresses and walking stick. They collected some money from their parents so as to bring the stuff and surprise him, in the middle of the programme. Habtamu exclaimed the situation as one of the most priceless moment of his life.
Trainees who have scored better in their education are incentivised
Five trainees from the Kidus Legacy project at Addis Ababa University are awarded with unexpected prizes based on their average score. All trainees managed to qualify for the next grade level, but some scored astonishing scores and the foundation wants to recognise their achievement as one of the area it is working is Education.