In June this year, we met with Eilidh Conlon, a student at the University of Glasgow who was going on a 12 week placement to teach within 3 African schools and a young offenders institude in the township of Nancholi in southern Malawi. Eilidh told us about the charity who organised the trip, Student Volunteers Abroad (SVA) a registered Scottish Charity run by Glasgow University students. Eilidh explained she would be working alongside a local community based organisation in Malawi called NAYO (Nancholi Youth Organisation) – a project focusing predominately on health, education and community work.
In both the primary schools and young offenders institute they were looking to promote health and wellbeing through sport by setting up extra curricular activities including football and netball. Without any resources, this can be a difficult target to achieve therefore Eilidh approached us to ask if we could donate any old netball kit for the kids involved in the project.
The GNA committee and Lesley MacDonald, Glasgow Sport Netball Development Officer agreed to donate our old Glasgow District kit and old Glasgow Wildcat ball girl t-shirts to the project. Eilidh has now returned from her trip, and explained how delighted the kids were to receive our donation.
“The netball kits were given to the three different schools that we were in inMalawi. They all absolutely loved them and, as you can tell by the pictures, were so excited about it! It was actually very hard to get them in them for a photo as they were genuinely so amazed that they were getting such new clothes! Most of them turned up to school for the 12 weeks that we were there wearing the exact same outfit every single day and boys would be wearing girls clothes and vice versa. It was just a case of whatever they could get their hands on they would wear. They were all very grateful for what they received from the GNA and it was so lovely to see them all so excited. I wish I could show you just how excited they were by it.
Due to the schools being quite big we decided that, although it was for the schools use, we would leave them at the local NGO that we worked with - NAYO - office and then when the schools wanted them they could go to the office which is about a 20 minute walk from each school max - and sign out the uniforms for as long as they needed them and that way they could get as many skirts and tops as they needed as opposed to just having the split amount between the three schools.
I honestly can not tell you how grateful they were!”
The pictures below highlight Eilidh’s comments above. We are delighted to see our old Glasgow kit put to such good use and benefitting such a fantastic project in Malawi.
To read Eilidh’s full report on her experience in Malawi, please click here.