Uganda national women’s cricket team, Lady Cricket Cranes spent the better part of this year’s (2021) International Women’s Day at the Naguru Remand Home where they introduced the game of cricket to the juveniles and some of the facility’s staff.
The CSR (Community Social Responsibility) exercise was spearheaded by the players themselves, who were flanked by some of their male counterparts, Cricket Cranes and also officials from the UCA (Uganda Cricket Association).
“We are happy to be here today to help introduce the game of cricket to this facility. We hope the sport will grow here so as to help accelerate the rehabilitation process of the kids in the facility,” Lady Cricket Cranes Vice Captain Janet Mbabazi noted.
Among other activities like backyard gardening, rabbit rearing and poultry, Naguru Remand Home uses sports like football, volleyball and the like to help rehabilitate the kids in their facility but cricket hasn’t been in the mix and the Women’s Day visit bowled off the game with kids taken through game basics, including exhibition innings.
“We intend to change the mindset of these children and to do so we need lots of activities especially sports. While here, children have time to play and now cricket will also be introduced,” Officer in-charge/Probation Officer/Welfare Officer Naguru Remand Home Mary Kyomugisha said adding that the Lady Cricket Cranes visit is a sign that sport doesn’t discriminate.
Apart from cricket drills, the kids were also taught how to make soap, cooking skills, and the like.
The exercise was also graced by Commissioner for Youth and Children Affairs at Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development – Fred Ngabirano, UCA Chairman – Bashir Badu, UCA CEO – Martin Ondeko, and UCA Women’s Representative – Mary Nanderenga Makumbi.
The event was concluded with a lunch shared by both and also cutting a cake from the association. UCA donated juniors cricket equipment to the facility so that children can keep playing and stay active as well as food items that included meat, chicken, soda, sugar, plus sanitary pads and hoes. By Monday, the home had a population of 100 boys and 3 girls who are all awaiting justice due to incidences in their communities.