To commemorate International Women’s Day, the Lady Cricket Cranes spent the day at the Naguru Remand Home for juveniles.
The visit is part of the Corporate Social Responsibility activities for the Uganda Cricket Association. The ladies were accompanied by Cricket Cranes led by head coach Lawrence Mahatlane and team Captain Brian Masaba. The Uganda Cricket Association delegation was led by chairman Bashir Ansasira, female board representative Mary Nanderenga Makumbi, and CEO Martin Ondeko.
At the remand home, they were received by the caretaker of the home Mrs. Maria Kyomugisha who gave them a brief about the home and the rules of engagement for the day. The home located about a kilometer from the main cricket stadium in Uganda has a population of 103 (100 boys and 3 girls). The group had a brief guided tour of the facility as well as activities at the home.
The cricket group was then introduced to the juveniles and was given a motivational speech from the female board representative Mrs. Mary Nanderenga Makumbi on how cricket can help them impact their communities once they leave the remand home.
Uganda Cricket Association handed over beginners cricket equipment, food items such as meat, soda, sugar, chicken, non-food items such as hoes, and sanitary pads that would help improve the well-being of the juveniles.
The items were handed to the Commissioner for youth from the Ministry of Gender Labor and Social Development Mr. Fred Ngabirano. In his communication he said
I am very excited that cricket has come to visit us today, we have worked with FUFA in the past and we saw the impact that sports has on these children. Such visits help us in the rehabilitation of the children and it makes our work easy to transforming their lives. We want to work with Uganda Cricket to take this game to our other care homes in Mbale, Gulu, Arua and Moroto. We hope to continue this relationship so that we use our resources to help take are our society.Fred Ngabirano, Commissioner from Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development.
The Lady Cricket Cranes champions of Africa in 2017 will be hoping for the same luck this year as they compete with 10 other nations at the Africa T20 World Cup qualifiers in Botswana in September.