GYCO - Support our soccer girls!!!
Friday, February 3rd 2023
The Gulu Soccer Girls on the road to success
A year ago, I put an article about GYCO on my homepage. It's been too long for news, so now an update. As a reminder GYCO- Global Youth Conference is an NGO in Northern Uganda with the aim of empowering the post-war youth of the region, with a focus on young women.
On 7.3.2020, 15 people (13 of them Ugandans) who support GYCO or work in the local NGO completed a trainer and coach education, which I conducted with the active support of several colleagues (Christiane Windhausen and Melanie Lüninghöner from Germany, Moera Saule from France, Miglena Doneva from Austria, Asta Blazinskiene from Lithuania, Inga Yashinova from Russia). This training enables them to reach out more effectively to the youth of the area and train them towards building self-confidence, goal setting seminars and various craft skills up to entrepreneurship.
Then Covid came and led to prolonged lockdowns in Uganda, schools were closed for almost 2 years, which had a disastrous effect especially on girls. According to research, only about 50% returned to school, the others were married off, sold, pregnant in the meantime.
Therefore, our GGSC GYCO Girls Soccer Club is a key project of particular importance. Founded in January 2019, the girls have steadily risen through the ranks, have been able to train since outdoors, even mostly during lockdowns, and are on track to advance to the Superleague. To make this possible they need to finish in the top 3 teams in their current category, which will be determined after the completion of matches in June 2023. Currently they are in 3rd place travel criss-crossing the country playing. We need extra budget for this as transport is expensive.
My request to you donate to our association with purpose GGSC whatever you are willing to give. Any donation will support us! Thank you!
Donations to: GYCO - Verein zur Förderung der ugandischen Jugend
IBAN: AT70 1400 0014 1084 7899