World Clean-up Day held at Katutura Youth Complex

• By Michael Uugwanga

NAMIBIA joined the rest of the world to commemorate World Cleanup Day on 17 September, at the Katutura Youth Complex in Windhoek.

The day started with a cleaning campaign that was carried out by children from Basketball Artists School (BAS).

BAS is a non-profit organisation, which is situated at the Katutura Youth Complex, and offers after school programme that helps learners in the surrounding areas and beyond to do their school works at the place and also offers basketball as a sport.

World Cleanup Day unites millions of volunteers, governments and organisations in 191 countries to tackle the global waste problem and build up the new and sustainable world.

BAS provides a safe place for less-privileged youths to go to after school and get support in their studies along with basketball training, showing a perfect example of using Basketball For Good.

BAS is home to over 100 children.

Jacobina Uushona of BAS said they decided to clean the dilapidated stadium that is mostly used for athletic training, boxing and it is also home to homeless people that have been staying there since 2020 due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Uushona who is one of the country’s top female basketball player was part of the cleaning campaign alongside another female basketball player Petrina Aron, with the two players all turning out for BAS female basketball team.

Top paralympians sprinters such as Ananias Shikongo, Lahja Ishitile, and Johannes Nambala make use of the facility, while boxing academies, the MTC Nestor Sunshine Tobias Boxing Academy and the MTC Salute Boxing Academy have their boxing gyms at the premises.

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