Thanks to the generosity of our partners Maritzburg United we received 50 free tickets to see Maritzburg play Ajax Cape Town in Pitermaritzburg last Sunday.
It was quite possibly the most humid day of the year and we were relieved to take our seats in the covered section of the stadium. The kids were quick to join the mass of hardcore Martizburg United Supporters who bobbed and swayed, stamped their feet, danced, clapped and sang for the full 90 minutes. Not forgetting of course the sound of the vuvuzela being blown also for a full 90 minutes!! Sadly, as much as the fans sang out their support for Maritzburg, Ajax went on to win the game 2-0. Whilst Maritzburg always looked the most dangerous team going forwards it just wasn’t working in terms of getting the ball into the ‘onion bag’!
Even so we had a great afternoon out with the kids and fans. We filled the ‘Bakkie’ up with nine kids after the match and drove them home to Edendale and stopped of for KFC on the way to commiserate our loss!!
Many thanks to Maritzburg United – I’m sorry we didn’t bring you good luck!
Dr Seidu Korkor a Health Specialist at the Northern Regional Health Directorate of the Ghana Health Services warned in April that the fight against the outbreak of cholera in Ghana would not be won, unless there was multi-sectoral collaboration and commitment.
In response his this call for collaboration to prevent the spread of the cholera outbreak in and around Tamale and prevent further loss of life, WhizzKids United went into action. Under the direction of our Project Manager Mohammed Haruna four priority areas were focused on – Jisonayili, Kanvilli, Gurugu and Dohanayili. These are poorest of the poor areas. Our objectives included cleaning up the waste in these communities, teaching efficient waste management practices and developing a culture of cleanliness and good sanitation amongst young people. In addition, and in support of our larger programme in Ghana staff have also started going door to door in these communities stressing to parents the importance of sending their daughters to school where they can be educated rather than keeping them at home to do chores and feed livestock.
In each of the four communities a two day workshop was hosted for parents, Elders and Chiefs on the prevention of cholera run in partnership with the Department of Health and Zoom Lion Company, a waste management agent, both of who we are very grateful to. Working with the local schools we then set up four WKU ‘health clubs’ to clean up the communities. To date, 1223 youth aged between 11 and 16 have signed up to the project and have begun cleaning up their communities whilst educating their families on basic sanitation and cleanliness. Currently waste is dumped indiscriminately and children and adults defecate openly in rivers, streets and streams causing water contamination.
This has been an excellent example of WKU’s ability to respond to the express health needs of the communities we work with due to the quality and skills of our dedicated staff.
If you would like to help poor people live a better life whilst knowing that every penny you donate is being spent wisely then please go to http://www.justgiving.com/Marcus-McGilvray0 and donate. Much of the money raised by the Mongol Rally will support the expansion of our Clinic in Jisonayili which will act as a training hub for the ‘health clubs’ from where we will disseminate health education and our ‘On the Ball’ life skills programme.