A great big pant-hoot to KitAid who generously donated two full kits with balls to the Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project (BCCP).
Football (soccer) is massively popular in Uganda, especially the English Premiership – its players often grace the back pages of the daily newspapers, as they do in the UK. It’s common to see children playing football in any available space using a busted ball or taped up bit of cloth, or even scoring goals with empty water bottles.
We distributed the kits to two local teams from villages where our project works (in Hoima District). Most of the guys on the teams live and work around the small forest patches inhabited by chimps. It's our dream to establish a chimpanzee-friendly football league across the region to increase morale and playing time for children and young adults, and to increase local support for conservation of the chimpanzees.
These images show the two local teams playing each other in a fantastic match, organized by BCCP last Saturday!