Uganda: Buwate Sports Academy
Dr. Martina Fuchs Visits Buwate Sports Academy: Q2 2017
September 25, 2017
Naku Charles Lwanga
Summary of Activities
- School fees were paid for all children sponsored by RMF/MTCF.
- Buwate Sports Academy hosted RMF Founder and CEO Dr. Martina Fuchs.
- Wages for Buwate Sports Academy staff were paid promptly, which helps keep the team’s morale high.
- Holiday programs were organized for the children, including events for the under-9, the above-10, and the above-12 categories. The special sports events kept children engaged throughout the holidays.
- Food and charcoal were purchased so that we could provide the children with a meal during training sessions and away games. Buwate Sports Academy was also able to pay its utility bills.
- Financing from RMF/MTCF was also used to safely transport the children to and from away games in Kira, Wampewo, Kampala Central, and Kyambogo.
Buwate Sports Academy has given hope to community members. The children in Buwate can now see that it’s possible to succeed in their community. Additionally, young adults now see the opportunity of vocational training in Buwate, and this has reduced the level of despair among community members, especially the youth.
Academy Members Meet RMF Founder and CEO
Dr. Martina Fuchs Visits Buwate
Buwate Sports Academy hosted RMF Founder and CEO Dr. Martina Fuchs, and she had a productive interaction with the academy members and the community. It was an opportunity for RMF’s CEO to personally see the progress, plans, and challenges of Buwate Sports Academy.
Scholastic Materials and School Fees
Scholastic materials were purchased and distributed to the children. This enables them to study without interruption during the second term. Also, school fees for sponsored children were paid on time, and children studied without interruption.
Edgar Football Academy
Building Players’ Confidence
Buwate Sports Academy participated in matches organized by Edgar Football Academy, one of the affluent football (American soccer) academies in Kampala. This enables Buwate’s children to compare their abilities with other successful players from a well-known academy. These were friendly encounters, and they contribute to building our players’ confidence.
Observing the Children’s Performance
RMF’s Buwate Project Coordinator Christine Kasabira and Buwate Assistant Coach Francis Karungi visited our sponsored children in the different schools they attend. The purpose of the visit was to see the children’s school situations, share with the teachers, and get feedback about the children’s performance in school. Based on the observations of our team, the education program is doing well.
Vocational Training Program
We boosted the vocational training department with additional tailoring and salon equipment. This has enabled training to progress effectively. The vocational training classroom was wired and electricity was connected. This now allows the instructors to use electric tools and appliances for the salon.
Contracted to Make Uniforms
Working towards Self-Sustainability
The tailoring department has successfully registered progress by securing a contract to sew school uniforms for the City Quality Primary School. The proceeds from this work will be used to purchase more training materials. The income from this work will help the tailoring department move towards self-reliance.
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