FOUNTAIN OF HOPE ORPHANAGE TURNS TO SPORTS
Written by Millennium on August 21, 2019
MUKWIMA CHILALA writes
AN orphanage in Lusaka’s Kamwala Township is using sports to empower and rehabilitate former street kids through game competitions.
Fountain of Hope sponsor Patricia Ngoma who is behind the project said she had been using her orphanage by incorporating kids from the community and resident children from her facility in sports competitions.
Ngoma told the Sun sport that her initiative to engage the kids in sports had given them a reason to steer off the streets and also not to involve themselves in vices.
She said unlike just eating and sleeping in the orphanage, the involvement of sports had given them a purpose and something to do.
Ngoma further said the orphanage was a drop in centre for street kids in the Kamwala area.
Last Saturday Fountain of Hope was among participants at the Youth Basket League organized tournament which was held at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC).
Ngoma said her orphanage was represented by four teams which comprised of under-12, under- 15 boys as well as girl’s in the same categories.
She described the performance of her teams as good despite having had a challenge of lack of training due to their basketball court which was under construction.
“For us this tournament is a way to empowering young people so that it starts from under-12 to under-18 then from there they start to graduate in Zambia Basketball Association (ZBA) ranks.
“So for us it’s to get them off the streets and giving them what to do apart from school. This helps them avoid getting into bad behaviour,” she said