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RUFC Starts 2021 Off Strong

On January 5-6, 2021, RUFC partnered with Children’s Chance International Uganda to host a workshop on reproductive health and menstrual hygiene in Lira, Northern Uganda. The workshop brought together 20 young women and men from villages around Lira. Sessions were held on body awareness, HIV prevention, and reusable pad making. Participating youth were given resources and support to run mini-workshops with their peers in the their village as RUFC Youth Ambassadors. The workshop was very successful and we are excited to plan further small workshops with virtual international engagement.

Gold Award Project Goes Virtual

Recent Flintridge Prep graduate and incoming Amherst Class of 2025 student Katya Besch recently completed her Girl Scout Gold Award with RUFC. Katya developed a workbook focused on reproductive health and menstrual hygiene and procured the materials for 200 reusable menstrual pad kits for girls living in Northern Uganda. She then joined our reproductive health and menstrual hygiene workshop via zoom where she instructed 20 young women in how to make the pads so that they could take the kits back to their villages and teach their peers - all in an effort to help keep the girls healthy and in school.

If your daughter or son is interested in completing a project with Ray United please reach out!

RUFC Supports Sponsored Students To Learn Virtually

In mid-March 2020, the Ugandan Government instituted a complete lock down to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including closing all in-person schooling. In order to facilitate their ability to remain engaged in virtual learning, RUFC provided smart phones, laptops and wifi connections to their sponsored students. In Fall, a handful of students preparing for their final examinations were allowed to return to school, while most of our students remain at home - just like the rest of us.

Take a peek into Naome’s life at home during the COVID-19 Lockdown…

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RUFC Volunteers Develop COVID-19 Educational Materials

As the pandemic developed across the globe, RUFC volunteers jumped into action to help educate their communities about the risks of COVID-19 and how to prevent its spread. Throughout the Spring, videos were developed in multiple languages and posted via social media to help raise awareness. Check out Mathius demonstrating good hand hygiene to prevent catching the virus in Runyankole, a local language of Uganda HERE.

1st Annual Splash Camp Postponed

Drowning is a major public health problem throughout East Africa, including Uganda. Approximately 5,000 Ugandans drown annually. RUFC partnered with Youth Rising, Swim Safe Uganda and the Ugandan Red Cross Society to organize a drowning prevention program which was postponed due to COVID-19 at the very last minute in March 2020. When we are able to safely do so, our first annual Splash Safe Camp will train 50 youth aged 8-12 years equipping them with knowledge in water safety, drowning prevention, first aid and swim survival skills.

Our Splash Safe Camp will employ the same model we use for our Soccer and Health Camps, including professional Ugandan swim instructors and health and safety training provided by health professional students from the US and Uganda. Our workshops, which will be highly interactive and game-based, will focus on water-borne diseases, water environments and their hazards, personal survival skills, water recuse, first aid, and introduction to water polo. Camp participants will each receive a camp bag with a new t-shirt, swim suit, towel, flip-flops, workbook and pen. All participants will also receive nutritious meals and clean water. Camp participants who can pass a basic water safety exam at the end of camp will receive Splash Safe Ambassador certificates. International volunteers welcome! Stay tuned for our new camp dates!

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