Monday, 4 August 2014

The Protector Super Series Finals

On 11th April 2014 I received my ticket to attend the  the Rugby Protector Series final at Kyadondo rugby grounds.
This final  was between the Protectors and the Crocodiles. The curtain raiser at 2:00pm was between Hanah and Kololo. Which ended at around 4:30pm.

Uganda's population has more than 70% of its population under the age of 30years. Goodness! The reason being either the wars, AIDS or Ugandans do not have enough education on the consequences of poor birth control.

The most likely consequence would then be a poor quality population. Reasons being among others a high drop out of school, early marriage, high fertility rate like in oyam, kabale, mubende, karamoja, ignorance of safe family planing methods, peer pressure, sexual network , poverty etc. Some people can not afford the safe sex methods.

In an effort to reach the youth a rugby tournament was arranged. KMCC did the plays.

The theme was "If it is not on it is not safe".  The the majority of the turn up was in the age group below 35 years.
Protector Super Series underway at Kyadondo Hanah vs Kololo with the Smartplay logo

And true to that effect youth were asked to take care of their sexual lives.

The Protectors just before the final game. Rugby super series. Kyadondo grounds

 Though the protectors lost to the crocodiles, the key message was passed on to the youth. Take charge of your life. Do all you can. Act smart and use a condom.

Go get them .....

This was the gem of the night. Which went to the crocodiles....

Monday, 20 January 2014

The Recreation Project

The month of January in Uganda is a hot month. So when I got up this morning, the air carried a deceptive mist. A clear signal that the scorching sun would hit us all day.  As I went to work I  reminisced the Gulu visit.
As I rode at the back of my boda boda, the cool morning mist hit my face. The feeling evoked my earlier visit to Gulu the previous week. The heat and dust that was typical of the northern Uganda region.

The weather in Gulu had been no exception. Fortunately this time the "kangaroo" was in good condition. We filled up the fuel  tank, checked and balanced the tyre pressure and off we went.

The Kampala traffic jam at 5pm is always hell. Case in point is the Bwaise spot along the northern by pass. This is usually a 6hrs trip by road. We stopped at River Kafu for a late supper though I suspect I was served game meat. Yes it tasted differrently. At around midnight we arrived in Gulu. We checked into Bomah Hotel Gulu This is when you become glad that an earlier reservation had been made.

The Recreation Project in Gulu is a place that was set up to help the kids in northern Uganda overcome  psychological trauma and the huge loss of childhood.

Its shadowed by a canopy of eucalyptus trees. And managed by around 6 staff members.

We had been offered a package that would keep us busy the whole day. The activities included river crossing, the spiders web, Milk tea river, ostrich eggs, the zip line (my best), wall climbing and the lip of faith.

The zip line

My turn at the zip line. Just managed to take this one snap before I took the lip.

Wall climbing

The whole set of games encouraged team work, planning, leadership, courage, trust  and above all fun.
The only snag I got was that my attire was not best suited for the later activities.
At the beginning we were adamant at trying out some activities. But as the day progressed people became even more outgoing. By evening almost every body had opened up.

Hope to visit  one more time.