Uganda: Buwate Sports Academy
Students Celebrate International Day of Peace: Q3 2019
November 02, 2019
Sylvia Nakiirya and Daniel Wakibi
Summary of Activities
- Buwate Sports Academy continued to run regular weekend and holiday training activities.
- We warmly welcomed the Kawempe Super Select team and hosted a friendly match with them at Seeta sports grounds. The game ended with a 2-2 draw.
- We held friendly matches at Kiwologoma Sports Academy sports grounds in the categories of under-9, under-11, under-13, and under-17, respectively. The scores were as follows: 0-9, 1-4, 2-2, and 0-3.
- Wages for Buwate Sports Academy support staff were paid promptly, enabling the program to run smoothly.
- 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.
- The hairdressing department was also facilitated and acquired more training materials for the students. This department has attracted a good number of trainees from the communities of Buwate and Kireka, respectively.
- Buwate Sports Academy has greatly impacted the lives of its vocational trainees by enabling students, specifically those who were previously employed as house helpers in the community, to start up their own business and generate a daily income.
- 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 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, such as the games at Saint Anna Maria Primary School, Kawempe, and Kiwologoma.
- A routine follow-up was conducted for the trainees who completed their tailoring training. Many are now well-established at various locations in Buwate doing business to generate an income.
International Day of Peace
Environmental Preservation Taught
Buwate Sports Academy celebrated the International Day of Peace on September 21st. This is an annual event celebrated worldwide by the United Nations for children and youth. On this particular day, children were taught to preserve the environment due to drastic climatic changes.
Participating in Friendly Matches
Buwate Sports Academy was invited to Saint Anna Maria Primary School for friendly matches in the age categories of under-9, under-11, and under-13. The event saw Buwate Sports Academy emerge as overall winners with scores of 1-0 in the under-9 category, 4-2 in under-11, and 3-0 in under-13.
Buwate Sports Academy was also invited for yet another organized friendly match at Kira sports grounds. This game was played between the under-17 Buwate Sports Academy team and the Safe Boda team from Kira. The match ended with a 0-0 draw.
Providing Incentives for Students
Scholastic materials were purchased and distributed to children going back to school after the short second term holiday. This is done each term to support children’s education and add further incentive to attend holiday football (American soccer) trainings.
Final Exams and School Fees
Providing for Success
The school fees of 85 children under RMF sponsorship were paid. This was done in a timely manner to ensure that the students can report to school without interruption. In addition, the sports academy registered 21 primary and secondary school students for their final exams.
Hairdressing and Tailoring Classes
Registering Many Successes
Buwate Sports Academy has continuously seen a large number of students enrolling in both hairdressing and tailoring classes in both Buwate and Kireka, respectively. 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.
Supplies and Food Purchased
Providing for Needs
Buwate Sports Academy purchased essential sports materials for the academy, such as balls, uniforms, socks, and sports bibs, which was all possible through RMF funding. In addition, food and charcoal were purchased so that we could provide the children with a meal during training sessions and away games. When the children are well-fed, they have more energy, better morale, and are able to perform better, producing better results.
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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Jane Kisembo a 27-year-old widow and single mother, lost her husband and second-born son to the HIV/AIDS virus. Jane, who did not have any livelihood skills, started experiencing financial hardship, and struggling was the order of the day after the death of her husband. She was left with her firstborn son in a rented house in one of the Kampala suburbs, Kira. Since Jane was a housewife, she sought help from her sister, who became overwhelmed with the additional responsibilities and turned her back on Jane. However, a friend visited and told Jane the good news of Buwate Sports Academy’s vocational training project, which empowers girls who have dropped out of school and vulnerable women. Since then, Jane’s life has never been the same. She joined the tailoring class and greatly thanks RMF and World Children’s Fund for the great opportunity and continuous support to the poor.
Josephine Kisakye, a 19-year-old young woman, was an RMF/World Children’s Fund beneficiary since primary four, when the director of World Children’s Fund, Mr. Doug, visited Buwate Sports Academy. Josephine never met her father, and she was raised by her grandmother who had very few financial resources. This meant that Josephine was always defaulting on her school fees, causing her to miss class and eventually drop out of school. When her grandmother heard of the opportunity for vulnerable children being announced in church, she quickly registered Josephine for sponsorship.
Josephine resumed school at St. Mary’s Nursery and Primary School in Seeta and sat for her Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) in 2016. For the last two years, she has been working part-time as a nursery teacher in Buwate village, hoping to join secondary school in 2020. Josephine’s small monthly earnings help her take care of her grandmother and herself. She thanks RMF’s Dr. Martina for the kind heart and assistance given to vulnerable children at Buwate Sports Academy.