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Team Photo - Williamsport August 2012

Uganda Little League Baseball

Developing Little League Baseball throughout Uganda

Serving over 15,000 children sharing about 700 gloves, we could use your help, join us.

Supported by 303 Development Foundation Corp.

Allen and Richard at Trenton Thunder game June 2012"  - Rudy C. Jones

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Entire First Class Students at work
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International School Started January 28, 2013 for 50 students at Little League Complex.  We have

started the second year with 50 new students.  This is the most unique school in the world with

 students from all over Uganda.  Read about how it is being run by Clicking here     

 

 

Funds Are Needed For

Cost

Funded

Complex of 3 full size and 3 Little League/Softball fields

$   500,000.00

$  500,000.00

   

School for Academic & Sports - Emphasis on Baseball & Softball

$4,000,000.00

$1,000,000.00

- School will accommodate 1500 students located at Little League Complex

- Click here to read why Uganda needs this school

   

Finish fields 3, 4 & 5

$   150,000.00

$0.00

Fence, backstop and dugout fields 1-5

$   200,000.00

$0.00

* Click Here to make a Tax Deductible Donation to 303 Development Foundation Corp.

Read Jay Shapiro's Blog on filming baseball in Uganda at http://myquaintandquietlife.tumblr.com

 

New lab, Infirmary and Administrative Offices Building opens February 2014

 


July 22, 2014:

Three Uganda Little League teams expecting to play in European/Africa Regional Tournaments stopped by Poland.

Uganda Little League held three tournaments in May with the expectation that the winners would go on to the European/Africa Regional tournaments held in Poland starting late June through the end of August. Seven leagues came to the complex for the boys 11-12 year old tournament, six leagues for the girls 11-12 year old tournament and four for the boys 13-14 year old tournament. The Allen V R Stanley Secondary school managed to win all three tournaments. Little League headquarters in Williamsport were notified of the names of the players for all winning teams on May 22. On May 31, the teams applied for the Polish visas to allow them to board a plane for Kutno, Poland. The 13-14 year old boys were to leave on June 26, the boys 11-12 on July 9 and the girls on July 20. Two weeks lead time is the claimed lead time to obtain a visa according to the Polish Government web site. According to that web site, a school team going to Poland to participate in a sports event sponsored by a not for profit would not have to pay visa fees. Also according to all EU web sites, any group of people under 25 years of age traveling to the EU for educational or cultural purposes would also be exempt from visa fees.

All Uganda Little League teams needed a passport, proof of age, birth certificate, letter of invitation from a Polish program, proof that they were medically insured while in Poland, airline reservations because the visas were only good from the time you land in Poland until the time the plane takes off. Since we were dealing with children, we would need notarized statements signed by the parents giving permission to travel to Poland. If that was done, then in the past, only the coaches would have to come with all the paper work. New to us this year was that each person requesting a visa had to do it electronically and print that application out to bring to the embassy. In our case, we brought the actually airline tickets that were fully paid for each traveler and photo copies of everything for the embassy files. Also a letter from the Uganda Commissioner of Sports supporting each teams travel to Poland to represent Uganda, and a letter from the school headmaster.

Reality then struck on May 31 when we filed electronically. When each person did this, they were given a date to appear at the embassy for an interview. Three players of the 13-14 year old team, of which we were applying first because they were to leave on June 26, were told they needed to come to the embassy in Nairobi Kenya on June 17. Nine others were told they would need to appear on June 24 and the two coaches would need to appear on June 26, the day they were supposed to fly out of Uganda. We tried to call the embassy from Uganda on June 2 to explain that this was a team and they refused to speak to us and hung up. We were told to follow the rules. We notified Little League in Williamsport and Poland that there was no way we were going to send three boys and then nine more on a 16 hour bus ride to Nairobi on their own and asked them to talk to the embassy. In addition, we found that no buses would travel at night in Kenya and the only buses available to take to Nairobi left Kampala, Uganda midnight or 6AM. The embassy is only open on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Eventually, the Embassy informed us through Little League in Poland to have the coaches come on June 24, but we would have to bring the seven boys who were now 13 years of age because the EU requires anyone 13 and above to be fingerprinted at the embassy. Thus nine people left Kampala on Sunday night at midnight on June 22. Stayed at a hotel on the night of June 23 and appeared at the Polish Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya at 9AM on June 24. I felt they would not be getting any visas because the embassy wanted several days to process the visa applications, but maybe Little League in Poland had spoken to them and we could get the visas in time to have a coach fly back to Uganda from Kenya on June 26 in time to catch the plane and meet the team going to Poland at the Entebbe Airport, since this is what happened in 2012.

Results: Upon arrival at the embassy, they were told no one would be getting visas as the time was too short. No surprise. But what they were told next is shocking. Little League Poland had sent their insurance policy that said all the players and coaches would be covered medically. The embassy said that wasn't good enough because it was not the original policy and that we would have to get another policy from Uganda at a cost of $1200 per team. In addition, they said that several of the notarized parent consent forms were signed by only one parent. When told many of our players come from single parent households, they insisted we had to have a death certificate then, even though no death certificates are issued in Uganda.

In Uganda, you die, your neighbors dig a grave on your property and you are berried within 24 hours. No medical examiner, no autopsy, and no official paper work.

Also, even though we presented the actual airline ticket for each traveler, the embassy claimed that they did not believe that they were paid for. When does an airline issue a ticket to a traveler when it has not been paid for. These were the actual tickets, not E tickets. By the time the telephone calls were finished it was too late for the nine travelers to get the bus back to Uganda so they spent the night of June 24 in a hotel and did not get back to Uganda until the morning of June 26. The seven children missed four days of school for nothing.

Boys and girls 11-12 year old team coaches are told to appear at the Polish embassy in Nairobi on the morning of July 1. The four coaches appear and present all the paper work including two medical insurance policies issued in Uganda covering potential medical expenses in Poland at a coat of $1200 each. Letters from the Local Chairmen indicating which of the players come from single parent house holds. A letter from the head master of the school also indicating which students come from single parent house holds, and the airline tickets for each traveler for both teams. The embassy tells the four coaches that all the paper work is in order and the boy's visas can be picked up at the embassy on July 7 and the girl's on July 15. But before you do that, you will need to send seven players to be finger printed at the embassy the morning of July 3, even though they are not 13. Evidently, the new rule at the Polish embassy is they will be fingerprinted if they will turn 13 in the next 12 months. The seven children are on put on the bus at midnight July 1 and are met in Nairobi by one of the boy's coaches on the afternoon of July 2 and brought to the embassy the morning of July 3, fingerprinted and put back on the bus to Uganda and arrive in Uganda on July 4. Seven more students miss three days of school.

Monday morning, July 7, the boys coach arrives at the embassy and all the visas have been denied. But on July 1, the embassy demanded that everyone had to pay for their visas, $80 each, even though according the two reasons, there should have been no charge. The reason given by the embassy was the embassy visa officer didn't think there would be enough money to pay for the bus that would take them from the Warsaw airport to Kutno, where the tournaments were to be held. This, in total disregard to statements by Uganda Little League and Little League in Poland that all this was paid for.

Tuesday morning, July 15. The coach for the girls team comes to the embassy for their visas. Also all denied. The reason, because the sponsor who put up the $80,000 did not send a photo copy of his visa when the embassy sent him an email on July 10 requesting the photo copy. When he sent an email back indicating that sending a photo copy of a document like this is the fastest way fraud and identity theft happens and asking did they want the photo page or the pages that showed he had been to Warsaw a number times, they sent back "Do not send it".

Obviously, Poland, the European Union, or the embassy visa officer will never give a visa to a team of Little League players because they are from Africa. Since all of East Africa has to go through this embassy, African Little League will never be allowed to compete in any Little League tournament since every African Little League team has to play in Poland. Does this cover all of Africa? My guess is yes, unless the Polish embassy in Kenya is staffed with racists and their government doesn't know it.

When Little League in Williamsport after all that happened above was asked if Africa could host its own tournament separate from Europe, even if Uganda paid all the expenses, we were told "That will not happen". In the recent congress in early April, all the European countries participating in Little League were asked if any would travel to a tournament in Africa, they all indicated "NEVER!" due to the cost. Evidently, it is okay for all the African countries to have to pay the $35,000 per team to go to Europe to play in Little League tournaments, but now it is okay for all African Little League programs to be excluded from all Little League tournaments. Under the circumstances, by not breaking Africa away from Europe, Little League just eliminated Africa from all its programs despite what anyone at Little League International says.
 


Breast Cancer:   

Our hopes to build our Breast Cancer Clinic later this year has failed to raise the funds in time for us to become part of the three year clinical trial program.  We have not given up on the fund raising.  We are still planning to get it done.  The property is there, the utilities are at the location, the only thing we need is to raise the one million dollars to build the clinic, purchase the 3D ultra sound instruments and tie us into the cable so the images will be able to be read anywhere in the world.  CIVUS is going ahead with the clinical trial which is expected to eliminate 80% of the biopsies that prove benign and catch the earliest development of breast cancer..  The clinic trial will prove that this procedure is far superior to any mammogram, unfortunately, we will not be part of it at this moment. 

 


 

The Trenton Thunder supplied the hats and shirts that the team wore in Poland.  The Trenton team was rooting for them to win so that they could come to the U.S. and visit the Trenton stadium and be introduced to the media and the crowd at a Trenton Thunder ball game.   Uganda would have been the first African Little League team to make it to the Little League World Series in its almost 80 year history.
 

 


 

 

 

 

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