Zambian players who came to Japan in December 2016 visited two elementary schools, Tachikawa-city Matsunaka Elementary School and Chofu-city Takizaka Elementary School.
What we felt when interacting with the children was that they were provided with a nutritionally balanced diet. At Takizaka Elementary School, players experienced first matcha and Japanese sweets.
When we visited Zambia in 2019, the lunch we had at Musa’s house was sweet milk tea and big bread. Here is the fundamental problem of African athletes.
Physical fitness is the most important aspect of athletes, but they have not eaten enough. This problem is a very deep-rooted issue. There were complex challenges for the financial and social environment, schools, and families.
It is difficult to support all of these, so the Zikomo project decided to focus on school (education) first.