Summary of RMF/MTCF-sponsored activities carried out during the reporting period under each project objective
- The Sports Academy organized an under 12 tournament; this was held on Buwate grounds and the participants were Buwate Boys vs. Kiwatule Sports Academy, Buwate Boys vs. Kira Young Stars. Buwate won the tournament 2-0.
- During this reporting period, the Academy hosted RMF CEO Dr. Martina Fuchs.
- The Academy conducted special celebrations on International World AIDS Day to sensitize the community about the dangers of HIV/AIDS. The community was invited to come and enjoy the creative games that the Sports Academy had organized; the games were in line with the HIV/AIDS prevention strategy.
- Transported children in the Sports Academy for friendly matches outside Buwate
- School fees for children under sponsorship were paid and the children were able to do their end of year examinations without interruption.
- Medical bills for children who fell sick were cleared.
- Food for the children in the Sports Academy was bought and provided (rice, maize flour, cooking oil) during training and other sports activities. This is a way of keeping the children healthy as well as motivating them to continue to come to trainings. In addition, during outside sports activities children were served meals.
- Wages for the two cooks were paid.
- The Academy was able to pay registration fees for the Christmas cup so that the children were able to participate in the tournament.
- Wages and incentives for the support staff members were paid on time.
- The Sports Academy was able to purchase essential sports items.
Results and/or accomplishments achieved during this reporting period:
- Participated in different tournaments that were organized such as the Christmas friendly tournaments
- Bought food, charcoal and cooking oil for the Academy.
- Meals for children were prepared and served to the children.
- Essential sports items such as footballs, playing boots, corns, etc. were bought and utilized.
- School fees for children under sponsorship were paid.
- Wages and incentives for support staff members were timely paid.
- Wages for two cooks were paid.
- Medical bills for the children were catered for.
- The children who were in the candidate classes sat for the national primary leaving examination.
- During the reporting period the academy successfully hosted the CEO of RMF.
Notable project challenges and obstacles
- The tailoring project still lacks sufficient funding to purchase training materials, and to hire expert instructors.
- The room for conducting the tailoring lesson is too small and this negatively affects effective learning, though we are soon completing a new temporal structure for this.
- The number of orphans and vulnerable children is higher than available funding for school fees. It is painful to leave out a child who is intelligent and needs education assistance.
- The Academy still lacks standard facilities such as a well leveled pitch, academy house, storage facility, etc.
- The Academy lacks a van to transport children for outside Buwate sports encounters; hiring vans is costly and unreliable.
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