In a bid to tame the harsh conditions faced by vulnerable people and communities due to Covid-19 disruptions, Soroti Cricket Academy (SCA) in partnership with Feed A Million mouths Initiative (FAMMI) Uganda have come together the give food to affected people.
FAMMI has provided 2.4 tons of nutritious NRG extra for SCA cricketers, their families and the teachers who have worked with the academy during the lock down
“We recently signed an M.O.U with FAMMI that will see to it that 500 households are fed for the next six months. We are excited and grateful to FAMMI Uganda for the partnership and believe that this will have a great impact on the lives of the community at large,” SCA said via a press release.
“We have a strong belief that this partnership will go a long way in improving on the lives of not only the cricketers but a greater part of the Teso community,” SCA said via a press release,” another part of the press release read.
Mark Montgomery, Founder of FAMMI Uganda says the organization was founded on the belief that even though one person cannot change the world, you can change the world for one person.
The organization has manifested this belief in their drive to feed 1 million vulnerable people in 3 years, following extensive research, they came up with a highly nutritious high fiber pride meal called NRG Xtra that has the ability to keep one sufficiently satisfied and still avail all nutritional benefits. This innovation has proven to be an effective solution in vulnerable communities where accessing food is difficult.
FAMMI and SCA first came together to avail a basic need of food to over 100 people in Soroti in 2020. The intervention was timely as several bread winners lost income sources due to the COVID19 situation. We
Consequently, they have become a part of the social fabric of the participants of the academy and the general community, anchoring on cricket and talent development, as a result of the cricket success the academy started feeling its impact on the lives of cricketers in the urban poor settlements.
They have been actively involved in efforts to improve literacy rate, reducing the rate of dropping out of school, combatting gender based violence, early marriage and counselling.
However, despite their best efforts, the situation is still far from ideal as more challenges affect the ability of several families to access basic needs like food, a condition that has been further exacerbated by the Covid-19 situation.
Since the inception of SCA in 2014, it has been conducting cricket coaching sessions with cricketers from slum settlements or from urban poor families and has enjoyed success that has enabled Soroti become a powerhouse in Ugandan Cricket.