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Increase sport participation for children in Uganda

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Uganda Sport for Health, Recreation and Development (USHRD)

Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?

Uganda Sport for Health, Recreation and Development (USHRD) is a not-for-profit organization that exists to help people of Isingiro district improve their quality of life through sports. USHRD is the only organization promoting sports in the district, and sports include soccer, volley ball, net ball and athletics for schools and communities.

We aim to help 1200 children aged 6-12 years currently in primary schools, and 200 out-of-school youth including girls and women aged 14+ in rural areas. There will also be indirect participation from 2000 people living in the community as they will be attracted to watch their children participating in sports activities.

Through meetings with the schools and community youth, USHRD noticed the lack of activities for children and youth that promote social inclusion and quality sports. Out-of-school youth have no sporting opportunities and this exposes them to risky ventures.

The project will address issues such as inactivity of youth and lack of sports activities. Young people especially girls are the most vulnerable to social problems caused by idleness and sports is a sure way to meaningfully engage and support youth in today’s rapidly changing world. We want to provide opportunities to play for disadvantaged children and youth, and to help them achieve positive changes in their lives.

What is your project and how will it help?

1. To increase children and youth participation opportunities in sport, recreation and physical activity in a sustainable manner.
2. To build capacity of primary school teachers and local youth to enhance provision of sport and physical activity services.
3. To increase the level of participation in sport and physical activity for children and youth in rural areas to improve their health and well-being.

Sports is a viable and practical tool to assist in the achievement of the MDGs. Engagement in play and sports gives children opportunities for natural self-expression, self-confidence, relief of tension, achievement, social interaction and integration, as well as learning the spirit of solidarity and fair play. Team games and play promote positive social integration and facilitate the development of social skills in young children and youth.

In addition to creating sports opportunities to reduce inactivity of youth and lack of sports activities, the project will also teach health issues including HIV/AIDS and non-communicable diseases which is becoming a burden according to the Uganda’s ministry of health.

There are no local coaches and the project aims to train local people to become coaches to promote sustainability of sports program as well as opportunities in leadership, and the possibility of long term involvement with USHRD organization. Communities will participate in all the sports and physical activities. The project will involve providing sports equipments, training of teachers and local volunteers to become coaches, to help ensure the project’s sustainability and to maximize the benefits to the community.

How can other people partner with you on your project?

USHRD is seeking partners to work with around the globe to implement projects in the sector of sports and health who can help to:
• Purchase sports equipment for sports program, and provide First Aid kits for schools and communities.
• Provide sports shoes and uniforms to participating school and communities in the project.
• Fund youth sports development programs.
• Support programs geared at promoting active participation in sport and better dietary habits among children and the wider community.
• Support female participation in the sport and physical activity.
• Combat HIV/AIDS, and other diseases using sports approach.
• Promote gender equality and empower women using sports.
• Support Out-of-School Youth Development programmes for young adolescents.
• Support sports, exercise and health promotion projects.
• Provide volunteers to come and share their experience with USHRD.

Please detail the resources that you need.

Resources needed are sports shoes, sports wear, sports books, sports equipment and balls.

The total amount needed for the project is USD 15,000

For details, please refer to the attached project proposal.

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Partnership types

Project funding; Provision of goods

Regions / countries / territories

Africa: Uganda

Global issues

Tourism, travel, leisure and sports


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