Coaching4Fun Against Quakes
Kathmandu, Nepal | 29 July 2015
Asia-Pacific University-Community Engagement Network (APUCEN), the leading university network promoting service and volunteerism in the Asia Pacific region; MMICare Association, a leading women empowerment organization from Malaysia; Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM); Kyoto University of Foreign Studies (KUFS), Japan; Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM); AIMST University; Kolej Universiti Perguruan Ugama Seri Begawan (KUPUSB), Brunei and Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris-UCTC (UPSI) joined hands with ENGAGE to Nepal use an innovative approach to support victims of the recent earthquakes in Nepal on April 25, 2015. The organisations collaborated and implemented a pilot project "Coaching4Fun Against the Quakes" where persons with permanent disability or injury due to the earthquakes were identified and encouraged to start a new personal and professional journey that started with sports. The programs encouraged leadership and empowering among the disabled and helped them to achieve new goals in life. This project aided the disabled children and youth to re-engage with the society through sports.
This project has helped people who are permanently disabled to gain self-esteem. It has given them hope to achieve new goals. People who have lost hope on their lives what has happened would have gained confidence on themselves after this program was implemented. It is believed that this experience will give them new spirit and enthusiasm to start a new life. This can also be a step for them to walk forward nearing sucess without worries of being looked down. The project was officiated and launched in GA Futsal Hall in Kathmandu on 29th July 2015. The representatives of the four visiting organisations had the opportunity to interact with some of the wheelchair users players involved in Coaching4Fun. On the same occasion, a match between two wheelchair basketball teams was held. The event was recorded for Nepali TV by XinHua Online TV and Himalayan TV.