A GIRLS volleyball team in a Ugandan village which is supported by a Hailsham-based charity have become national champions.
The team from Trust High Schoolin Kabubbu, built and opened by the Quicken Trust in 2006, have become the National Girls Volleyball Champions for Uganda. They will represent their country in the East Africa Volleyball Championships in Uganda against Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda on August 27.
Geoff Booker, founder of the Quicken Trust, said: “This is a magnificent achievement and the team and coaches are to be applauded for their hard work and their success.”
Bernard Misindye, head teacher of Trust High School which is partnered with Heathfield Community College and who visited East Sussex last year is proud of the school’s team
He said: ”Their performances during the local, district and regional finals amazed the rest of their opponents. The national championship is usually fought out between three or four long-standing senior schools with a high sporting tradition from Kampala and the major Ugandan towns. Everyone was surprised by this new team made up mainly of orphans from a rural village. Their trophy cabinet is full. They have put Kabubbu on the map.”
The vice-president of Uganda, Edward Ssekandi, called the rural development by the Hailsham charity ‘the finest example of a rural development I have seen in the country2.
But crippling food difficulties face the Uganda village which is supported by many schools, businesses and residents in Wealden District.
The worldwide economic crisis means food prices have increased three-fold in the past three months.
The East African famine affecting Somalia and parts of Kenya is also a real issue in Uganda. Quicken Trust has launched a land purchase programme to provide food security for the schools and just 12 acres can provide sufficient maize to feed both schools every year.
To help Trust High students to have sufficient food for the future, donations can be made by cheque to Quicken Trust and mailed to Land Appeal, PO Box 113, Hailsham, BN27 4US or by visiting the website: www.quickentrust.com and follow the link