At Watoto, our goal isn’t to just to meet the basic needs of the children that we rescue, but to raise them up to be leaders that can transform their nation. One of these future leaders is Lydia, who is a part of Watoto’s Sports Academy.
Lydia Babirye the captain of the Girls’ Elite Basketball team has a dream to someday play in the WNBA league. She is diligent in her work on and off the court and was selected among the top five athletes to represent Uganda in the first ever Giants of Africa (GOA) NIKE sponsored girls’ camp hosted in Nairobi, Kenya. The camp attracted the top 50 U18 girls from different countries in Africa to empower them with basketball and leadership skills, develop their character and inspire them to dream big. It’s here that Lydia’s skills, gifts and most importantly, her inspirational leadership and character captured the attention of coaches from Victory Christian Center High School (VCCS) North Carolina USA where she has been offered a scholarship.
Lydia also had the opportunity to work with Lindsey Harding a former WNBA player who was so amazed by Lydia’s inspirational character. Lydia went on to become the MVP of the camp. While other campers found their way to their rooms after dinner, Lydia and her other Watoto Sports Academy colleague Prosper Anyine, would choose to remain behind after every meal to clean up and leave the camp cafeteria better than they found it in the true spirit of servant leadership.
As Lydia prepares to take on these opportunities, we believe that God is positioning her as a transformational leader who will be effective in her sphere of influence as she confidently draws near to realising her dream.