Uganda: Buwate Sports Academy
80 Children's School Fees Paid: Q2 2019
August 09, 2019
Sylvia Nakiirya and Daniel Wakibi
Summary of Activities
- Buwate Sports Academy participated in an annual football (American soccer) gala championship organized by the Kira division. This gala attracted 5 teams within the Kira division, such as King Tendo Soccer Academy, Kikutukwe Soccer Academy, Kira Soccer Academy, Telstar Kira Soccer Academy, and Buwate Sports Academy.
- The school fees of 80 children under RMF sponsorship were paid. This was done in a timely manner to ensure that the students can report to school without interruption.
- Buwate Sports Academy conducted a follow-up visit to one of its beneficiaries, Kibirige Asuman, who, due to school fees challenges, opted to enroll at Excel Vocational Training Centre after senior four for a course in automotive mechanics.
- Wages for Buwate Sports Academy support staff were paid promptly, enabling the program to run smoothly.
- The tailoring department continued to register progress by winning contracts from neighboring schools. Tailoring trainees make school uniforms such as sportswear, skirts, dresses, and shirts, as well as school bags and ladies’ bags and wallets, which help generate income to support the department.
- Monthly formative meetings were held in the vocational department. During these meetings, the issues discussed include necessary repair and maintenance of existing machines and customer care service techniques.
- Regular weekend trainings were organized for children who do not attend boarding school.
- Buwate Sports Academy safely transported the children to play in different matches away from Buwate and Kireka.
- Purchased essential sports materials for the academy, such as balls, uniforms, socks, and sports bibs, which was all possible through RMF funding.
- A routine follow-up was conducted for the trainees who completed their tailoring training. Many are now well-established at various locations in Kampala and Buwate doing business to generate an income.
- The project is building the confidence of local children who participate. In the past, Buwate children often felt inferior while with other city children. Now their self-esteem is high and they can express themselves. This is evidenced by the monitoring of the continuous behavior and attitude change of the students at enrollment and at the end of the program.
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- Background & Objectives
Buwate Hosts Holiday Games
Buwate Sports Academy organized a number of holiday matches and games for the children, which were conducted at the Kira sports grounds. This event kicked off with vigorous training for children who attend both boarding and day schools, followed by friendly football (American soccer) matches in the categories of under 9, 11, and 13 for friendly football (American soccer). Buwate Sports Academy emerged as the overall winners in all categories.
Supporting Children’s Education
Scholastic Materials Distributed
Scholastic materials were purchased and distributed to children going back to school. This is done each term to support children’s education and add further incentive to attend holiday football (American soccer) trainings. This project is contributing to reducing illiteracy in Uganda. Every year, RMF’s support enables more children to complete their primary or secondary education, and some of our sponsored children have completed their Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE).
Energy and Morale Increased
Children were provided with hot meals during practice and away games. When the children are well-fed, they have more energy, better morale, and are able to perform better, producing better results.
Food, soft drinks, and charcoal were purchased so that we could provide the children with a meal during training sessions and away games.
Engaging the Community
Home-and-Away Match Hosted
Buwate Sports Academy conducted a home and away match with Excel Soccer Academy in Kyabala, played in the categories of under 9, 11, and 13. We hosted a visiting team from Kikutukwe Soccer Academy which played with the under-17 Buwate children. The game ended with a 1-1 draw for the two teams.
Growing Vocational Program
Students Prepared for Outside Market
The vocational department has successfully trained and prepared its students to compete in the outside market, and with RMF’s support, they have been able to establish small startups. The vocational department contributed a small percentage of income to the students as startup capital and purchased some sewing machines, which enables students who have finished all levels of their training to start up their own business and generate a daily income.
Hope for Girls
The tailoring and hairdressing departments have continuously boosted their income levels by making items like ladies’ bags and school uniforms, as well as creating trendy hairstyles for clients. Through the vocational training program, the academy has created hope for girls who had to drop out of school due to lack of funds; now they have an opportunity to acquire employable skills in different areas of interest.
In early 2013, RMF, the Mother Teresa Children’s Foundation in Italy (Devoti Madre Terese Per I Bambini) and World Children’s Fund started funding support of the Buwate Sports Academy. Buwate Sports Academy is a sports club and activity group for children living in Buwate village, Kira Town, Kampala District. The Buwate Sports Academy seeks develop the youth advancement component of our humanitarian work through games, sports training, vocational training and other educational opportunities.
- Provide funding to assist the operations and growth of Buwate Sports Academy
- Provide funding to allow children from surrounding slums to attend school
- Provide funding for vocational training opportunities including tailoring, hairdressing, and cosmetology
- Increase Buwate’s popularity in hopes that this will attract social services from the government and other development partners