(L) Buwate girls pause for a photograph during the gender balance training at Buwate sports grounds; (R) Girls having lunch after the day's training
Summary of RMF/MTCF-sponsored activities carried out during the reporting period under each project objective:
- During the third quarter the Sports Academy children participated in a number of friendly football matches, some were hosted in Buwate and several others outside of Buwate.
- The Buwate Academy Girls’ football team played vs Gayaza High School (Gayaza High School is one of the most powerful schools in Uganda). The game ended in a draw 2-2. It was hosted at the Gayaza High School playground and attracted many spectators and much interest.
- The Buwate Academy Boys’ football team played vs Kira Young Stars. This was hosted at the Kira playground. Buwate won by 2-1.
- The Buwate Academy Boys’ football team also played vs Kireka Boys. This was hosted in Kireka and it ended in 0-0.
- The Sports Academy also conducted a gender balance holiday programme whereby the Academy boys played vs the Academy girls for a large audience.
- The Sports Academy conducted the Peace Day United Nations Global Peace Games for children and the youth. This was hosted at the Katwe playground. During this day the children are taught other important human values such as: Respect for all life, Non-violence, and Understanding through listening, preserving the planet and always sharing with others.
- 40 children under sponsorship had their school fees paid by RMF/MTCF.
- We provided first aid for some of the children.
- We paid for electricity for the office.
- The children in the Academy were given scholastic materials.
- The Academy purchased food items for the children, including rice, maize flour, cooking oil. This has enabled the Academy to serve meals to the children for the various trainings and other sporting activities.
- During this quarter, the Academy managed to purchase a digital camera so that it is able to take good pictures of the Academy activities.
Results and/or accomplishments achieved during this reporting period:
- More skills were developed due to participation in a number of games/matches, i.e. the Gayaza visit, Kireka, Kira and the Peace Day match at Katwe sports grounds.
- The Sports Academy is well equipped compared to other academies due to purchase of football boots, balls, and other equipment which doubles their effort in winning games and improves self-esteem. The children are and look healthy due to the exercise they do and being well fed.
- The Sports Academy children not only benefit from sports skills development but also from development of their academic skills with school fees also being paid.
- Cooks are extremely happy as their wages are paid in time and they are able to support themselves and their families.
- Children have peace of mind and their concentration is high as scholastic materials are provided in time by the Sports Academy.
- All the sponsored activities are now being captured visually as the Academy bought a Canon digital camera.
- Second term results were encouraging as all our sponsored children performed well.
Kireka boys team also having lunch after the training
The Gayaza Visit
The Kira Holiday Program
(L) Kireka boys team in action against Kira Young Stars at Kireka playground; (R) Kireka boys in return match against Kira Young Stars
(L) Kireka team taking instructions shortly after the first half of the match; (R) Kireka boys having lunch after the match
Distribution of Scholastic Materials
(L) The Buwate boys and girls were also given books for their third term; (R) Happy children after receiving books
(L) Volunteer Coach Francis giving a helping hand during the distribution of books; (R) Distribution of books for the third term with the area coordinator just after training at Kireka Boys sports grounds
The Peace One Day United Nations Global Games
(L) Buwate Sports Academy and People Care Children's Project celebrating the UN's 21st Peace One Day; (R) After the game, fair play
(L) Juggling competition; (R) Buwate vs. People Care Children's Project in juggling
(L) The boys in action; (R) Mengo Sports Academy group photo with Buwate Sports Academy after the match on UN Day
Buwate Sports Academy and Mulago youth sports team in action during the under 14 UN Day sports gala
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