Whilst on tour 2018, volunteer Camilla Buchanen prepared a film on behalf of Sky sports, about netball in Uganda and the life of Peace Proscovia. We are delighted that we feature in it, especially as it was shown on SkySports on Tuesday 27th November!
"We are delighted to share news of our fantastic partnership with Kip Living On, based in Mukono, Uganda. http://www.kipliving.org/
Kip Living On Charity Foundation is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to using sports as a tool to promote health and wellness, impart knowledge, skills and awareness amongst the children and youth, looking after destitute, empowering women, preventing HIV/AIDS, drug de-addiction, and awareness about environment and hygiene.
We are working with them on the Dreamwork (Mukono) Netball Project, which was created to educate youth aged 8-25 on 'Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights' (SRHR) and to teach netball and life skills.
This recent report (attached) summarises the progress they have made already this year including conducting a survey on sexual health, to act as a benchmark. This will help us to better understand the impact of our project, and how we may need to make changes to make the most difference.
We are very excited to work more and more with this wonderful group of coaches"
CLICK HERE to read the full report
We are developing our ‘Monitoring and Evaluation’ skills – our national coordinator has been collecting feedback from our children to start to understand the impact our programmes have. In January 2017, we interviewed 128 children who had taken part in our Jinja (Uganda) coaching tour 2016, as well as their coaches and teachers. Here is a summary of what we learned:
Having heard about the Netball Development Trust through an appeal they had for used kit, I looked them up online and after reading the blogs and watching some videos I immediately contacted them for details about joining the 2017 tour to Uganda and Kenya. I was sent information and applied to join the team. The handbook was extremely helpful and after having a meeting with Julie (-who immediately settled any worries I had), II was ready to go.
After meeting at the airport and undertaking a very long flight we arrived in Uganda and made the trip over to Bungoma in Kenya. I must say that the various accommodations we stayed in throughout the three weeks were a lot better than I thought they would be, with comfy beds, warm showers and electricity (-most of the time!)
For me one of the main highlights of the trip was meeting so many amazing people. The Kenyan team were extremely welcoming and I felt to be in safe hands the whole time. The work that they, and all those involved with NDT, are doing out there is truly inspiring and I am thrilled to have been a part of it.
I’ve been interested in the Netball Development Trust tours since two players from our league went a few years ago. Unfortunately the tours have always clashed with work. I had planned to use this summer to do a charity building and education project abroad but thankfully the dates this year were in my holidays so I was very pleased to finally be able to go. I had previously been to both Uganda and Kenya with different charities, one helping with education and the other trying to improve lives for those in the rural villages. I therefore knew what to expect culturally but was excited to be able to use my passion for netball to work with the communities.
From the start it was all relatively easy. I contacted NDT through either facebook or email (I can’t remember) and was sent the dates, cost and information. The handbook included everything we needed to know about where we were going, a rough itinerary, things to take and important medical information. There was a ‘pre-tour meeting’ and I would encourage everyone to make every effort to attend this. This year’s groups were from all over the country and it was a chance for everyone to meet each other briefly and meet the organisers Julie and Monica and ask them any questions. This made our meeting at the airport far easier and less nerve-wracking as we knew who we would be spending the time with.
The flights were as expected – LONG, and going through customs in Uganda was almost as long as the flight! However we were met in Entebbe by smiling faces and sunshine!!
In Feb 2016 we established a new partnership with X-SUBA Sport 4 Development Uganda with the aim of enhancing netball amongst communities in Jinja, Uganda.
X-SUBA is a non-profit community based organization based in Uganda using sport and play to educate and empower children and youth to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict and disease in disadvantaged communities of Jinja.
In the last 8 months X-SUBA have done some amazing work in partnership with NDT. They have introduced “connection netball play” which happens every Saturday and community netball on Sundays. In these netball play sessions there has been a notable increase in the number of young people, especially girls, joining in. This has also provided a platform for X-SUBA to reach out on their Saturday life sessions discussing sensitive issues about sexual health, HIV and self esteem.
This was our 4th year in Jinja and the committee did us proud bringing 2 new schools into the programme and introducing a mentor scheme which allowed previous NDT participants and high school students to take part and develop future coaches. Three of them have qualified as umpires, they are coaching in the local prison, working with women’s groups in the area and are starting a partnership with a local homeless charity to offer netball to the kids there.
They helped us to run a shorter-than-usual 3-day training programme (due to Eid being on the Friday) and a magnificent 12-team tournament on the Thursday. It is amazing to see netball develop in the rural parts of Bujagali and even more schools joining our programme in Jinja town.
Our volunteers felt totally at home at Jinja backpackers (thanks Suse!), enjoying trips on the river Nile (sedentary and rafting), bungee jumping, bead making and visiting the local blind unit and playing Goalball.
A fabulous tour week which ended with a visit to the netball academy Mpoza has set up in the slum area of Kamwocha. He has developed four squads (senior womens, mixed adults, under 15’s and juniors) who regularly train on a ground they managed to source in the middle of all the chaos!
A big thank you to Mpoza and the Jinja Committee for his hard work in developing NDT in Uganda – you’re doing a great job!
What a successful tour 2014 was! 840 children coached; 9 fantastic UK volunteers; a great local team supporting us; and 3 fantastic home-from-home hostels.
Both school committees have progressed well over the year and there are more schools than ever playing netball under our programme.
In preparation for the Uganda NDT tour 2014, the schools in Mbale have been practising in a tournament.
Our local reporter David has sent us this report.
“We had 12 schools and we had 2 groups namatala, police, nashibiso (new to NDT), northroad, yoweri, bujoloto
B- wambwa, nabuyonga, fairway, musoto, grace, busamaga.
Nabuyonga (6) vs Police (4) in semi final1 and Nashibiso (7) vs Busamaga (3) on semi final2. During finals Nashibiso beat Nabuyonga 8 to 4. Remember Nashibiso is a new school but it plays good netball.
We had the teachers officiate the matches and generally the tournament was good and the children enjoyed it.”
￼Uganda Tour Report 28th June – 16th July 2013
￼What a tour! More schools, a new committee set up, new local volunteers and a hugely fun tour for everyone!
We visited two districts and each town was different, so here’s a breakdown.
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