With the UK Olympics in full swing, we are all reminiscing about our own SALVE Olympics that we held last year here in Uganda and excitedly planning for the next ones. Luckily for us, we thought the Olympics were so much fun we have decided that 4 years is far too long to wait and are already planning the next ones for later this month.
During the SALVE Olympics, China won! Our children already predict China will follow in their footsteps and win the London Olympics this year too….will they be right???
Lots of posho = even more energy
The Olympics really brings home the importance of sports and physical exercise and that is something we take very seriously with our children here in Uganda. Not only do children need exercise to burn off all their energy (I’m told it’s all the posho the children eat out here that gives them so much energy), but it also keeps them fit and healthy and helps them concentrate better in school. That’s why our very own Ugandan Director, Mike had the children up and off out for a half an hour jog at 7am this morning!
As well as the children that are now living under the care of SALVE and going to school, we also realise that the children still living on the street also need to take part in some form of exercise. Although most spend their days trawling the streets looking for scraps, this is not enjoyable for them and does not get their heart pumping. In March, we began a sports programme, taking the children for football at a local field once a week where we play a football match, along with CRO, another street child organisation in Jinja. It has been a great success and gives the children something to look forward to every week. It gives them a few hours where they can forget about their life on the street and just have fun.
Taking part in team sports is also very important for developing team working skills and learning how to work alongside others. When they are living on the street, the children really have to look out for each other to survive. They sleep in large groups to protect each other during the night and always share their food despite the fact most of them often go without meals and are always hungry. They really show good team work!
Why not set yourself an Olympic sized challenge?
If all the Olympics is making you want to take on a physical challenge then why not help us fundraise to buy our very own land so that we can continue to help more children living on the street.
Every £1 you raise will buy one square meter of land!