GYPA TEAMS UP WITH KATALYST CONSULTANCY TO SUPPORT UGANDA PEACE AMBASSADORS FOR THE 4th ANNUAL HOMELESS WORLD CUP
WASHINGTON, DC -- May 1, 2006
Global Youth Partnership for Africa (GYPA)
, a non-profit organization dedicated to fundamentally challenging the way Americans engage with and understand Africa, has teamed up with the Katalyst Consultancy
to help Ugandan youth affected by conflict, AIDS, and extreme poverty.
GYPA received a very generous $25,000 donation from the Katalyst Consultancy, which includes the donation of equipment and uniforms for the soccer players. GYPA strives to create partnerships between accomplished and emerging youth leaders in Africa and their talented American counterparts eager to bring fresh, pragmatic perspectives to Africa's challenges and to work together for innovative practical solutions. The Katalyst Consultancy's Founder, Kevin Carroll, is the author of the highly successful book, Rules of the Red Rubber Ball: Find and Sustain Your Life's Work
, published by ESPN Books. His global work involves using the message and lessons of sport to enrich organizations, communities, and individuals.
From September 21 -- October 1, 2006, Team Gomo Tong representing Uganda will travel to Cape Town, South Africa with the Global Youth Partnership for Africa and participate in the 4th Annual Homeless World Cup (HWC) http://www.streetsoccer.org
. This is more than a sporting event between nations and countries from around the globe. Rather, it is an opportunity for the marginalized and poverty-stricken to advocate on their own behalf to their communities, their country and the international stage.
The participants from Uganda will be selected through try-outs in May, and the player selection will be based on several factors that include athletic skill, leadership, and overall commitment to continued educational and social change upon returning to Uganda. The participants will return to Uganda as heroes and champions in the belief that sports are a tool for co-existence, peace and development in Uganda.
Team Gomo Tong will consist of four men and four women HWC players between 16-25 years old. Additionally, eight official Team Gomo Tong Peace Ambassadors will not play in the HWC, but will undertake pre-HWC advocacy, skills trainings, and practice with Team Gomo Tong. These Peace Ambassadors will meet with HWC delegations from 30 different countries while spreading the message of hope and commitment to eradicating poverty, conflict and AIDS in Uganda. Finally, four coaches from Namuwongo and Gulu will serve as project managers and trainers for the soccer players and peace ambassadors.
After the Homeless World Cup has ended, Team Gomo Tong will continue to work in Northern Uganda to serve as Peace Ambassadors for various GYPA partnered NGOs and CBOs; organize and expand opportunities for friendly matches (football, netball and basketball); organize and expand annual competitions in Uganda, East Africa, and throughout Africa; and promote peace building psychosocial support programs for vulnerable children and communities in Northern Uganda through soccer leagues and soccer teams.
Stay tuned for more details about the players during their try-outs, trainings, volunteers from the US working with the team, how you can help, and the countdown to the Homeless World Cup."*
*Authored by GYPA