Uganda is our most developed programme to date. We have projects in Jinja, Mukono and Fort Portal. In some cases we are working in partnership with another charity; in others we have local volunteers, in our name, on the ground.
In Jinja we work with X-SUBA, a local charity, as our partner. Our sexual health programme is strong in Jinja as we’re investing in the experience X-SUBA have through their networks. The volunteer team here are developing new ideas of how to intertwine the sexual health topics into netball skills.
They are consequently sharing their learning with our Kenya project, which helps our international projects be sustainable.
We have a few newer partnerships in other areas of Uganda, that are developing such as Kip Living On based in Mukono; and YOUganda and Freedom4Girls in Fort Portal.
Our programme in Kenya started in 2013, when a wonderful volunteer, Joseph, came with us to Uganda, to learn all about the programe. Within weeks he had trained up 15 volunteers and had started coaching in 3 schools.
The sanitary ad project started here, and now the team is developing a strong sexual health programme, working with local information and partners.
The main issue in Bungoma county, west Kenya, is teenage pregnancy and so the team are working in local schools to engage the kids in this topic, while encouraging them to play netball. We are collecting more data and insight than ever, and have recruited both a data analyst and sexual health educator, who are both passing their skills onto other volunteers so the legacy continues.
Several girls from our programme now have scholarships to excellent secondary schools because of their netball prowess - watch this space for an NDT girl in the national squad!
Our work in Ghana began in 2018 with a pilot visit to see the work of Akwaaba Volunteers. We loved what they stood for so much that a partnership developed.
We ran a successful volunteer tour in 2019, delivering a “Train the Trainer” workshop for local teachers. They went back into their schools with confidence and the netball programme is now flourishing in schools in the Labadi district of Accra.
During the Covi-19 pandemic, Akwaaba Volunteers worked with virtual volunteers to develop a sexual health curriculum and programme. Delivering this, alongside the netball, will be the next step for the team.
We started our programme in Pakistan in 2013, with an inspiring volunteer taking up the mantra for NDT. Muzammal Khan Wazeeri is delivering netball to girls and boys who do not partake in any other team sports. The children are delighted to have netball all to themselves.
Having never played netball before this PE teacher has picked up our coaching manual (translated it into Urdu) and learnt about netball from the internet and is now teaching girls and boys the basics. He has also trained fellow teachers in neighbouring schools. He now has 16 schools on board and regularly hosts inter-school tournaments.
We hope to visit Pakistan in the very near future.
We are looking for the right partner to help us deliver NDT projects in India. If you know of a group of passionate volunteers, or an existing charity who would like to include our work in theirs, please let us know.