S.E.L.F. traveled to Bangladesh in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014. While there S.E.L.F. participants coached basketball and yoga at BKSP (Bangladesh National Institute of Sport) and traveled to villages to coach and distribute soccer and volleyball equipment to the children.
The SELF Project Bangladesh Short
In S.E.L.F's first trip to Bangladesh, participants teach basketball and yoga at BKSP and travel to the villages to donate soccer equipment where youth are able to play soccer for the first time. In subsequent years, we learn that those youth are now qualifying for soccer tournaments in Dhaka and are so ever thankful to S.E.L.F. for providing these opportunities to the village children-both boys and girls to play.
S.E.L.F traveled to Cambodia in 2014 and built and painted a basketball/volleyball/soccer court for Anjali House, an organization that serves street children in Siem Reap. Daily sports lessons (soccer, volleyball, kickball, basketball, yoga, dance and cooperative games) were conducted and sports equipment was donated. Recognizing a need and as a way to say thank you for hosting us, S.E.L.F. purchased flip flops for all the children and staff at Anjali.
SELF's Cambodia 2014
A short video of The S.E.L.F Project's trip to Cambodia in 2014.
The S.E.L.F. Project's Cambodia Long Video 2014
A longer video showing a glimpse of the work and fun enjoyed in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2014.
The S.E.L.F. Project traveled to Ethiopia and built and refurbished basketball and volleyball courts in Dire Dawa, donated sports equipment and taught volleyball, basketball, soccer, kickball, yoga and dance to the children at schools, villages, and our favorite spot, a girl's orphanage. S.E.L.F. also traveled to the Omo Valley and visited different tribes: Hammer, Mursi, Dorze, and Tsemay. Along the way, we stopped and donated soccer balls and played pick up with the locals. Indeed, a unique and life-changing experience for all.
The SELF Project's Short Ethiopia video 2013
A video less than a minute to showcase some hilites of The S.E.L.F. Project's trip to Ethiopia in 2013.
SELF PROJECT Ethiopia 2013 Long Video
A video which begins with the girls from the orphanage singing in the background. This documents the experiences of teaching sports, building a volleyball court, refurbishing existing volleyball and basketball courts, donating sports equipment to children in Dire Dawa, feeding hyenas in Harar and time in the Omo Valley with different indigenous tribes. The entire trip was truly life-changing.
The S.E.L.F. Project traveled to Zambia in 2011 and 2012. Our service included building a basketball court in 2011. In 2012, we built a hut for orphans and five volleyball courts in three villages. We taught sports and donated and distributed sports equipment, uniforms and shoes both years. We camped in tents and bathed in outdoor showers. Being there in winter, the sun set very early in the evenings. Surprisingly, we listened to animals including chickens and rosters crowing, dogs barking and cows mooing throughout the night.
The SELF Project Zambia 2012 Short Video
A short glimpse into the trip SELF took to Zambia in 2012.
SELF Zambia 2012 Long Video
A video of The S.E.L.F. Project's trip to Zambia showing time teaching sports, building a hut for orphans, building volleyball courts, feeding and spending time at the orphanage and life in Zambia.
The S.E.L.F. Project traveled to Managua, Nicaragua in early 2012 and conducted a basketball clinic at Batahola, a women's empowerment center. Children and P.E. teachers participated in the basketball clinic and learned many new skills. At the onset of the clinic, a few watched from a distance. By the end of the clinic, the neighborhood court was filled with cheering spectators. S.E.L.F. donated basketballs, ball pumps, basketball nets and first-aid kits. Two basketballs were awarded to the two hardest working girls at the clinic to recognize their effort and to provide a means for them to continue to develop their basketball skills.
Teaching basketball skills
Coach Omori teaching ball-handling and dribbling. Carolyn translating.
Here is a list of colleges and universities that past and present participants attend. Many past participants remain involved today through continued travel with S.E.L.F., fund raising, equipment donations, brainstorming ideas, making contacts in different parts of the world and networking to expand S.E.L.F.'s partnerships.
Where former S.E.L.F. participants attend school
Donors and Sponsors
Melissa Rivers (from E's Fashion Police) and the late Joan Rivers Metta World Peace Nike Adidas Dick Held (AYSO Pacific Palisades) Patty and Sinjin Smith Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos Beach Volleyball Camps Chris Forrest City of Santa Monica Rotary Club of Pacific Palisades, California Love and Hoops Santa Monica Soccer (AYSO) The Carl Capanna Family WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks NBA's Sacramento Kings National Softball Association Why Can't We Make A Difference Foundation Expo Center Westside Team Sports Santa Monica Chris Martin Plus other donors who wish to remain anonymous
Handing out soccer jerseys
Eunice helping one of the girls at the orphanage with her new soccer jersey in Ethiopia.
We traveled to Zimbabwe and worked with teachers, coaches, and students. We discussed lesson/practice planning, the important role a coach plays, coaching philosophies, yoga, basketball, soccer, volleyball and restorative justice. We held workshops and hands-on skill development. Our message and goal is to instill the importance, especially for girls and women, to participate in sports and physical activity to increase self-esteem, self-confidence, and leadership skills.
SELF Zimbabwe 2017
Teaching sports to coaches and students to increase self-esteem, self-confidence and leadership skills in Zimbabwe.
SELF Life in Zimbabwe 2017
Life in Zimbabwe as experienced during our visit there.
Zimbabwe Fall 2018
Hannah teaching yoga with Sydney translating
Hannah demonstrating yoga
Hannah and teachers leading yoga
Students waiting to use the court
Students waiting their turn to use the court
Students watching the coaching sessions
Line to practice triple threat + layup
Playing an old time favorite, Knockout!
Fence protecting court from livestock
More basketball action
Community at the ribbon-cutting ceremony
Ribbon-cutting ceremony at Majiji
Bub Rural District Council Officials along with officials from the Bubi District Education and Ministry of Education officials with members from The S.E.L.F. Project and CNCVCT.
Students at the ribbon-cutting ceremony
Majiji Choir performing at the ribbon-cutting ceremony
Basketballs and equipment donation at ceremony
Holli and Hannah donating equipment
Sign before the ribbon-cutting ceremony
Sign for the court displayed at ribbon-cutting ceremony