by Jia Li, ITTF Foundation communications coordinator
Like Batman and Robin, the helpers sometimes need a helping hand. Every #TableTennisUnited application reminds us how small we are as humanity in the face of a pandemic and how powerful we can be together. In Uganda, the Mimi’s Tables fund, a local NGO (non-governmental organization), helped support disadvantaged children in Kampala. In Argentina, the future para-players have finally started training again after the long financial constraints. In Slovakia, the TableTennisUnited Fund has ensured training opportunities for over 50 children in the local club MSK STO Krompachy.
The hero behind all three initiatives is DHS, the reassuring hand that helps us support the global table tennis community in this time of uncertainty, and their support continues.
Senegalese table tennis association
Like many other organizations, the Senegalese table tennis association was on the edge of the cliff and the Covid-19 wave was pulling on his leg. Training centers had to close to avoid clusters and players struggled to stay positive and became demotivated. With the #TableTennisUnited Fund, outdoor table tennis tables were purchased in order to be able to train again, as well as hygienic accessories to ensure a safe training environment.
“These tables were also distributed to different schools to restart table tennis for local students.” – Papa Anthioumane DIAGNE, President of the Senegal Table Tennis Association
Fundación de las Americas (FUDELA), Ecuador
The non-profit organization uses table tennis as an instrument to promote holistic human development. FUDELA works with disadvantaged children and young people as well as displaced persons and refugees.
One of their projects, which aims to promote the integration of refugees through table tennis, lacked financial resources due to the pandemic and was about to close. Fearful of losing momentum with the refugees, FUDELA applied for the #TableTennisUnited Fund and can now continue the project and keep the mood high during and after the lockdown.
“The support made it possible for us to organize a table tennis festival with a sociable tournament in Chical. through which we could empower young executives who were trained to work with table tennis. The fund has enabled us to reach the most vulnerable areas in Ecuador and the direct impact has been evident in building communities that foster respect and values. ”- Wendy Gómez Monroy, Project Management Assistant
Equipment donations to clubs and ITTF member associations
The #TableTennisUnited Fund didn’t just provide financial support. Table Tennis Australia, the Table Tennis Association of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Table Tennis Association of Kosovo are just a few of those who have received equipment donations to provide players with training opportunities during these challenging times.
“We would like to thank the ITTF Foundation and DHS for providing our clubs with equipment during this difficult time. The aid came just in time for Kosovo. Eight new women’s clubs established this year (2021) have benefited and it has helped Kosovo to further promote our beloved sport nationwide, with a special focus on growing women’s clubs. ”- Jeton Beqiri, President of the Kosovo Table Tennis Federation.
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