Gulu - Northern Uganda
Coach and community Youth promoter, Acaye Paul was a recipient of a seed grant award by The Pollination Project, to support the ‘Pride in Me project’. Using funds meant to finance equipment, the project engaged a tailor to sew 10 sets of cushions and straps for at least 10 sports Wheelchairs for the club. The condition of our Wheelchairs were precarious since our budget would only be able to align a few pairs of wheels, replace a few tyres and tubes only while the chairs remained bare without proper cushions and strapping. In receiving the donation, we team with The Pollination Project, Alumni Mr Mwaka Benson of Northern Uganda Hip Hop Culture .
Gulu Wheelchair Basketball Club Chairperson Mr Oyat Benson Olit appreciated The Pollination Project for awarding the grant to a wonderful and credible volunteer in our community.
By addressing persons with disabilities (PWDs) as “whole individuals” with rights, and place them at the centre of their own development as participating change agents rather than victims, the TPP project contributed and complemented the existing efforts towards promoting opportunities for social participation, leadership and life skills, literacy, economic empowerment and access to participation in recreational sports activities for PWDs in our community and nation. We crowned the year with a major National Disability Sports Gala where over 60 children and adults with impairment represented our District in the 5th Annual National Disability Sports Gala organized by the Uganda Paralympic Committee September 25-30th, 2018.
The TPP grant sponsor project has been a success. Not only did challenged athletes have an opportunity for competition and socialization, but they also demonstrated significant off the field mental and behavioural cohesion with each other. Our relationship with the local schools is something we value very highly and we thank them for their ongoing support which has enabled us promote grassroot adaptive sports in our community.
TPP partnered with other projects or events such as Farenetwork which consisted of one month football event which attracted over 220 participants (boys and girls with impairment and those without impairment.
One of our athletes, Ocira Richard (Racing Number: R32) became Uganda’s first ever Wheelchair Racer at the September 2018 Berlin Marathon where he finished 36th out of 41 using a 15kg Racing Wheelchair compared to most counterpart’s 3kg-5kg Aluminum Racing Wheelchairs. His debut competition was courtesy of Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) Travel/Competition grant of US $ 800 award. Richard brought pride to our Club, disability movement and helped raised Ugandan flag high. Members of our team were winners (Female Push Rim), 1st runner up (Female Handcycle) and 2nd runner (Male Push Rim) in the MTN Kampala 10km Wheelchair Race since 2018.
Through the partnership with Blazesports International, the grantee conducted adaptive sports training sessions on Physical Literacy with at least 10 volunteer games teachers in two schools. The grantee wrapped the Blazesports calendar year conducting the Gulu Children’s Inclusive Sports Festival Fun Games and Sports for kids with and without disabilities on Saturday, November 17, 2018 which attracted over 200 participants [155 children & 40 volunteers].
Ocira Richard’s trip to Germany to represent Uganda in the Berlin September 16, 2018 Marathon was covered in Uganda’s Newspaper The Daily Monitor, Wednesday September 13, 2018.
Each and every match result was reported in our local radio stations. Publications in local language concerning adaptive sports was registered Wednesday July 11, 2018. Pictures featuring each and every fixture was shared in facebook or twitter June 8 2018 through July 10, 2018.
Pictures featuring each and every event or fixture was shared in facebook or twitter June 8 2018 through December, 2018.
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