Uganda: Buwate Sports Academy
Vocational Training Department Registers Great Success: Q1 2019
May 11, 2019
Naku Charles Lwanga
Summary of Activities
- Buwate Sports Academy held and organized another match, called Gyagenda Gala for under-12 and under-14 children, with the help of the LC1 Councilor. 16 teams took part in the event, including Isla Soccer Academy, Vega Light, Komamboga, Naguru Soccer Academy, Police Soccer Academy, and Kampala City Council Sports Academy, among others. Unfortunately, Buwate Sports Academy lost during penalty kicks.
- Buwate Sports Academy hosted the Ssekanyonyi Community Team from Gomba. The match was played at the Seeta sports grounds with a 3-2 win in favor of 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.
- Wages for Buwate Sports Academy support staff were paid promptly, enabling the program to run smoothly.
- The hairdressing department was also facilitated and has attracted a good number of trainees from the communities of Buwate and Kireka.
- The vocational department continued to register progress by contributing a small percentage of income to the students as startup capital, and by purchasing 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.
- The Kireka Boys’ Team took part in the Kampala Central District’s 4th Division League and played against several strong teams. This was held at various sports grounds within the city, and in the end, the Kireka team took 10th place thanks to their great skills and talent.
- 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.
- Food and charcoal were purchased so that we could provide the children with a meal during training sessions and away games.
- 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.
Providing for the Future
Children who sat for the national exams in 2018 excelled, and some have joined reputable secondary schools in Kampala.
Buwate Sports Academy successfully distributed scholastic materials to children in the program in preparation for their return to school.
Buwate Sports Academy conducted a Christmas tournament, which was scheduled for January due to some unavoidable delays. Buwate Sports Academy hosted Kyaliwajjala Football Club (Kapere FC) and won 4-1.
Bringing Teams Together
A Community Tournament Gala was also organized by the Local Council 1 (LC1) Chairperson of Seeta. This event attracted 7 teams, including Fire Base Academy, Vega Light Soccer Academy, Bonabana Gayaza Soccer Academy, Masoli Soccer Academy, and Fountain Soccer Academy. Buwate Sports Academy participated and reached the semi-finals.
Staff purchased essential sports materials for the academy, such as balls, uniforms, socks, and sports bibs, which was all possible through RMF funding.
Celebrating by Empowering
Students in the vocational training department celebrated International Women’s Day this year by engaging new trainees in acquiring practical skills both in tailoring and hairdressing.
The tailoring department was strengthened to accommodate the increasing number of trainees, mainly girls who dropped out of school due to difficulty paying school fees.
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
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Nuwaritambiro was a housewife with no employable skills. Her hope for the future was rekindled when she enrolled in tailoring training at Buwate Sports Academy’s vocational training department. She is now running her own business and paying a monthly rent of 20,000 shillings, which she was unable to do before her vocational training. She has attracted a variety of clients in the village of Seeta. Nuwaritambiro is grateful to RMF/MTCF for the support and values the benefits she has gained from the training and skills. She said, “I cannot thank the team enough for the assistance they have rendered to me. It has made a great difference in my family’s wellbeing. I used to be an ordinary housewife who waited on her husband for support, but with skills from the vocational training, today I assist my husband in supporting the family.”
Vocational Training Graduate
Nakayiwa Nuur, another graduate of the Buwate Sports Academy’s vocational training program, does her tailoring outside her home compound in collaboration with a colleague who also attended the Buwate vocational training department. As their tutors continually advised them, these two colleagues keep their team spirit high in order to assist one another and build up each other’s strengths. Nakayiwa is grateful to RMF/MTCF for their continuous funding and support to the poor communities in her neighborhood.
Catherine Nakayenga is a single mother of two children. She is illiterate, but she found hope in Buwate Sports Academy’s vocational training program and is now doing business in Ham Towers, one of the busiest arcades in downtown Kampala. She makes African kitenge fashions. We thank the RMF/MTCF team for the support rendered to Catherine and her counterparts.