June 27, 2010

2010 World Cup Hits Stride – Same from Kampala 2 Cape Town

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:22 am by kampala2capetown

In Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia kids who otherwise would not have experienced the first World Cup in Africa are getting the experience on large open air cinema screens…and now its all happening simultaneously…

In Zambia – Kick Off at Lumulunga Primary School in Mongu

We were at the school at 4.30pm to start setting up. Sports in Action guys came with balls with which they engaged the kids in play with. Both boys and girls played the ball on the same ground and it was amazing to see the crowd of kids run from one goal post to the other and back again as they chased the ball. They even had two goal keepers as there were around 50 kids playing at the same time. At 6.30 when it got dark, we started screening “Sugar” a movie with HIV messages. It was a crowd puller.

The game between Ghana and Germany started at 8.30pm and went on up to 10.15pm. The whole time the game played there was silence apart from when there were attempts on goal or when there was a goal scored. The crowd was really carried away by the game. After the game, the crowd wanted more and we had to shut down everything for them to leave. They also wanted us to go back to the same venue the next day, but we informed them that we have a program we were following and so the next day we would be in Mandanga basic school.

The place was fully packed with kids and adults, the estimated number I can say is 1200 people with 60% of them being kids. The school had informed the kids of the activity the previous day and had invited them to come with their parents. The kids arrived earlier than the adults so they had the privilege of having the front area or front “seats”. Most of them sat down on the sand and you could tell they were having a great time. The coca cola advert (the one with the kid looking for freedom) was their favourite and they sang along to
the advert song every time it played.

In Uganda…

Between World Cup matches we mobilized a massive crowd to go around Kyebando and clean up all the plastic and trash that is everywhere.  We had over 150 people including students, community workers, local politicians, street kids, youth elders… everyone.  We gathered 30 rice sacks of trash.  Things don’t always go according to plan in Africa, but this was such a sucess.  When trying to talk to people about plastic it often feels like they don’t see the big deal, but today with a united force we did an amazing amount of work to clean but even more to raise consciousness.  We named the street the center is on, put in signs that say litter free zone, imagine a better future.

The plastic World Cup balls continue to be made in Uganda….

In Rwanda…

Crowds continue to swell in Gisenyi Rwanda, with kids huddling on the grass to fight off evening chills to enjoy the matches. UNICEF led a video production training for 15 young people and over their 5 day training each produced a one minute video.

Update from Kenya soon!

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