Sports for Refugees
Enlarge image from left to right: Mr David Apollo Kazungu, Ms Petra Kochendörfer, Mr Lamex Omara Apitta, Mr Innocent Asiimwe (© German Embassy Kampala) "Sport offers hope", stated German Embassy's Chargé d'Affaires a.i., Ms Petra Kochendörfer, during the handover of sports material donated to the refugee camps in Adjumanii and Kiryandongo. The handover marked the round-up of the project "Sports and Refugees", implemented by the Department of Physical Education and Sports in the Ministry of Education and Sports and completely funded by the Foreign Office of Germany.
In Enlarge image Participants of the IAAF Kid's Athletics Activator workshops (© German Embassy Kampala) the course of the project a strategy workshop was held in Kampala, followed by "train the trainers" workshops (IAAF Kid's Athletics Activator workshops) in both Adjumani and Kiryandongo Refugee Settlements. At the end of the workshops two sports festivals were held with a total of 3200 children attending. The material utilized during the project plus some basket-, volley- and footballs were donated to the two settlements to motivate young people to organise and participate in physical activity regularly.
For the handover the Commissioner for Refugees (OPM), Mr David Apollo Kazungu, the Commissioner for Physical Education and Sports, Mr Lamex Omara Apitta, and project manager Innocent Asiimwe were present.
Charge d’Affairs i.a., Ms. Petra Kochendörfer, pledged German Embassy’s continued support to young people to participate in sports and urged the beneficiaries to put to use the donated equipment. She commended Uganda’s open-minded refugee policy having welcomed over 1.2 Million refugees by end of April 2017 and considering that children and young compose majority of this, sport as a school for life as it teaches fairness, teamwork and trust.