June 5, 2010

Enormous Expectation

Posted in Pre-World Cup Planning at 5:11 pm by kampala2capetown

With less than a week to go in the 2010 World Cup, expectations are rising. For Kampala 2 Cape Town, our change agents are arriving on site and preparing for the big event. We have finalized our community sites and are proud to announce them to the world:

Gisenyi, Rwanda

Kampala, Uganda

Oyugis, Kenya

Mongu, Zambia

At each site there will be an inflatable screen and a variety of community activities. Each site will be a little different, but we hope to learn from the different sites what works in bringing community together around sports. We believe that reaching towards Millennium Development Goals can be a fun and engaging process.

Each site also has a local community member taking the lead. In Rwanda, Ayuub Mago, has shared a little about the final stages of the planning phase.

“I am a Rwandan amateur film maker. My passion and job is to make videos in the local language, Kinyarwanda and to take them to the rural areas and screen them for free to young people there. About 2% of the 10 Million Rwandans have access to a television. There is not a single Cinema hall in the true sense of the word. I work for the Rwanda Cinema Centre and every year we host a film festival of which Hillywood is part. Hillywood is therefore my baby. I co-ordinate. We have a giant inflatable screen that was donated to the centre by Rosenthals which we use to screen and enjoy local videos with the rural youth.

Recently a project from heaven landed itself on my doorstep. From heaven because my passion as is to entertain and engage with the Rwandan rural youth and this project is about just that. A young man called Joe Agoada called me and asked me if I wanted to help coordinate something called TheKampala 2 Cape Town project. It basically required me to do what I do in Hillywood. A few emails and phone calls later, Joe landed in Kigali on 25th may. We started working to prepare the historic exciting event. The idea is to screen the world cup matches live to an audience that would otherwise never have the chance to see the games. To them and Africa in general, it is a dream come true.

After identifying the location and choosing a local community organization to act as partner in this, it was time to test the equipment. Joe had used his genius to fly a 16feet inflatable screen complete with it’s blower and recording device. Part of my job is to find a good reliable technical team of Rwandans to operate and train the local partners on how to use the equipment.

So as the excitement reaches fever pitch in the whole of Africa and Rwanda in general, so it is for me and Joe and his partners. We tested the equipment and are sure it works prted looking through the timetable to chose which matches we think our audience will enjoy most. We plan to record those matches that will happen before dark. One of the main constraint is that we can only screen after 6.30pm when it is dark enough to project on the screen.

Everything seems to be in order now and we are planning to travel to the location which is in the North Western part of Rwanda in a district bordering Goma in the Congo. “

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May 23, 2010

Technical Solutions

Posted in Pre-World Cup Planning at 2:38 pm by kampala2capetown

K2CT is a technology savvy group, we searched long and hard for a technical solution to screening matches. With Open Air Cinema and their amazing inflatable screen we have selected a partner to help bring the World Cup to rural communities in Africa. Our attraction to Open Air Cinema was that they are already realizing the potential for more than just World Cup screenings to educate and inspire many.

From  openaircinema.us

“Open Air Cinema has turned its attention to communities throughout the world. We have created the Open Air Foundation to find socially progressive uses of our CineBox Global systems and inflatable screen technology to help solve some of the most critical problems faced by developing nations. We have already worked with organizations such as FilmAid to bring inspirational media to millions of people in East Africa. We have also joined with Shine Global and Fine Films to screen the Oscar-nominated documentary War/Dance to thousands of people living in northern Uganda’s most isolated refugee camp. At present, we are working with the Rwanda Cinema Center to take local films into the most remote corners of Rwanda. At Open Air Foundation we believe that large-scale outdoor media is an ideal catalyst prompting education social change.”

Open Air Cinema’s work with the Rwanda community is inspirational, it is fueling not just screenings, but new jobs in the form of the Rwanda Cinema Center and the K2CT planning team was lucky enough to also get counsel from Leah Warshowski, who has been documenting the growth film in Rwanda and the potential in the power of inflatable screens:

http://www.inflatablefilm.com/

18 Days to the World Cup…

May 13, 2010

Less Than 30 Days Until World Cup 2010

Posted in Pre-World Cup Planning at 1:48 am by kampala2capetown

The 2010 FIFA World Cup, its getting so close! The Kampala 2 Cape Town team is filled with amazing excitement! National Teams are on their way to South Africa for last minute training, and K2CT has completed it’s strategic planning, preparing for a big World Cup Launch Campaign.

As the 2010 World Cup gets near we will be offering all types of fun, socially conscious futbol gear. The patch was designed by a team including Botswana artist and a Nike ID Consultant.

Our T-shirt will feature the MDGs, and will be available by mail through donations handled by globalgiving.org. We hope that those who obtain a shirt or jersey can wear it as a statement.

With a soccer ball we’ll hopefully spread some joy and collaborate with the Alive & Kicking soccer stitchers in Kenya and Zambia. We’ll also offer youth soccer leagues around the world the opportunity to earn a limited edition ball if these if they can raise $100 for our June 16th Global Giving.org Match Day.

In the next month we will be expanding into some very special communities in Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia and South Africa, and we look forward to sharing more as the hype continues to build for the FIRST WORLD CUP IN AFRICA!

May 5, 2010

MDGs Goal Keeper

Posted in Pre-World Cup Planning at 10:54 pm by kampala2capetown

Kampala 2 Cape Town: MDGs Goal Keeper

Ghana National Team Goal Keeper Richard Kingston

As we enter the final stages of our project planning (and receive upgrades for the K2CT homepage and K2CT Global Giving Site!) the advance team has crystallized a vision after reviewing the 10 week planning trip. We had initially wanted to do a “Road Show”, to travel from Kampala to Cape Town during the 30 days of the World Cup towing a big screen and showcasing innovative technologies. What our advance trip taught us was that this idea was a bit too ambitious, and mobile screens a bit too expensive, and that setting up community screens for the 30 days of the World Cup for vulnerable youth in rural villages would have a lot more impact, more bang for the buck as they say!

With shifted the project concept and have narrowed our vision. We did a whole bunch of thinking about post-World Cup, what will Kampala 2 Cape Town after all the attention and the hype of the tournament in Africa is over. K2CT after the World Cup will strive to become for the Millennium Development Goals what Richard Kingston is for the Black Stars of Ghana the “MDGs Goal Keeper”

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight goals to be achieved by 2015 that respond to the world’s main development challenges. The MDGs are drawn from the actions and targets contained in the Millennium Declaration that was adopted by 189 nations-and signed by 147 heads of state and governments during the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000.

The MDGs:

Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education

Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women

Goal 4: Reduce child mortality

Goal 5: Improve maternal health

Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability

Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development

The returns on reaching the MDGs by 2015 is having mixed results. Read Progress Reports Here

The truth is not all the goals of the MDGs will be met by the deadline of 2015, and Kampala 2 Cape Town wants to be there to help achieve the goals, in  Sub-Saharan Africa especially. K2CT will be supporting groups like One Goal, which making MDG #2 Achieve Primary Education it cause during the World Cup.

1GOAL is a campaign seizing the power of football to ensure that education for all is a lasting impact of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. By bringing together footballers and fans, charities and organisations around the world, together we can call on world leaders to make education a reality for 72 million children by 2015.

As for K2CT Stay tuned, on May 11th, one month to the World Cup, we will have a major update!