May 31, 2017
Hello, my name is Patrick Kanamaharage. I'm the leader of our group - the Nakivale Acrobats. We all live in the Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda, and our team practices in the yard of the Youth Center in the New Congo neighborhood. When we started there were just two of us, but now we are more than 15. We train kids who are as young as 4. We try to keep in shape. But we need some materials in order to keep improving and trying and learning new things.
We need mats, a high wire (right now we use an ordinary rope), juggling materials and other props. We’d like to be training lots of young people. And we want to take our team to Europe. We saw some Europeans and Americans on a video and learned from watching them train. We need to get to their level.
We need mats because it helps us to jump and fall and not get injured. We are practicing outside all the time. We can do a lot of tricks. On the highwire, we can put on trousers, put on a t-shirt, we can even juggle. We can do a pyramid. I like acrobatics because it joins with many people and makes me physically fit. When I’m with my team, it brings love together. Some of us came here from Congo, some from Burundi… We have many problems in life, but our sport brings us together, to be happy. And when we’re on a team we avoid no good things like cigarettes and beer – that’s why we are strong.
Our team is running in the 5k on World Refugee Day - we're hoping we can count you among our supporters!