Working with AmplifyChange allows us to focus on two milestones that will not only allow us to grow as an organisation in itself but will also support others to learn from us.
When we did one of our first interviews with Amplify Change we knew were in right hands when we were told that AmplifyChange sees itself as a movement rather than just a donor. To us that means finding another partner that we can grow with.
AmplifyChange is a multi-donor challenge fund to support civil society advocacy for sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Our vision is to contribute securing recognition of sexual and reproductive health and rights as human rights.
Realisation of sexual and reproductive health and rights is essential to attainment of the Global Goals.
We do this by strengthening the social movement for change by providing grant fund support to civil society organisations.
Rugby Tackling Life set two milestones.
- The number of individuals from marginalised groups reached by the program become active in advocacy for SRHR (sexual and reproductive health rights).
- Lessons learned fro grantees and shared by AmplifyChange and used by grantees and AmplifyChange to adapt activities.
Within our set up we run both Rugby development and life skills education and advocacy trainings together.
Since the start of the partnership we have had two Rugby clinics and one life skill and advocacy training. Also our coaches are reporting back to us what have been working well for them and what has not. That will allow us to communicate clearer instructions for coaching and life skill training and advocacy in the future.
We will go into details of those at some point soon but today I would like to write about the behind the scenes stuff that we have been learning about and what has taken quite a bit of time to set ourselves up as Rugby Tackling Life team.
We do work with roughly 2000 girls around the country. We are planning to grow this number bit by bit because our work is about quality than quantity. Every time we run a Rugby clinic there are new girls who are part of it. There are also boys and men who are involved in our rugby clinics either as players or coaches – we welcome them to be part of RTL as they will play important roles in our journey. In order to empower women we know we must include boys and men as the authorities in communities are mainly men so the easiest way for girls‘ and women’s Rugby to be accepted in communities is having all the stakeholders embracing it.
The first two Rugby clinics have been in the North of the country. Getting there is an at least 10 hour bus ride. Getting to the villages often involves additional hours on a boda boda (motorcycle taxi) or other means. Last year we took one of the female players from Kitgum to the Dubai 7s and on her return she was a minor celebrity in her home area, a star in her own terms. How do we go on after? How do we keep the community involved?
And that proves to be a very lucky situation because our group of coaches consists of a very mixed group of both sexes and different ages who are not just educators but also students of life skill education.
We also held our very first ever life skills education and advocacy training with current coaches from all around the country. We figured that if they are the first hand contact with the player and community they will also need to know what Rugby Tackling Life stands for and be the main educators, not just on the Rugby pitch. And that proves to be a very lucky situation because our group of coaches consists of a very mixed group of both sexes, different ages who are not just educators but also students of life skills education.
Rugby Tackling Life consists of a team of 6 women of who only 2 currently live in Uganda. 1 team member travels in and out due to work all around Africa, 2 live in Germany and 1 in the US. How can that work? Rugby Tackling Life does not pay our salaries. If at all we can we cover some expenses for the things we do for RTL. (Rugby and life skills and advocacy) and that will on the one hand give us the number of attendees etc but that will also note down some background information about the regions we work in, the people we work with, what worked well and what did not work even within our own set up. When you live in Germany and you are setting up a Rugby clinic in Uganda it means you cannot explain to your coaches face to face what is expected from them but will need to go through other means. With an especially bad phone network in some regions that means that you cannot always follow up or ask questions again, reporting back is a little slow, some information gets lost on the on the way BUT we will not give up and keep on improving.
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