With the aid of RMF funds, scholastic materials were procured and distributed to the children returning for the second term, enabling them to study without interruption.
Buwate Sports Academy has helped to sustain and retain children in school. This is because of scholastic materials that are given to the children and sensitization provided during trainings: “School is good.”
School fees were paid for 80 children in Buwate Sports Academy, with funds from RMF.
The project is contributing to reducing illiteracy in Uganda. Every year, RMF’s support enables more children to complete their primary or secondary education, and some of our sponsored children have completed their Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE).
Buwate Sports Academy children were invited to participate in a friendly tournament in Kamuli District, in eastern Uganda, where the theme of the day was using football (American soccer) to combat HIV/AIDS in the community. Children displayed their talent and skills as they played in matches with different teams (under-12 and under-17).
The vocational department has successfully trained and prepared its students to compete in the outside market, and with RMF’s support, they have been able to establish small startups.
The impact of Buwate Sports Academy’s vocational training program is evident in the community and has even led some male youths to enroll for hairdressing and tailoring training. In the past, these were seen as jobs only for females.
Buwate Sports Academy was invited to the Slum Soccer Gala, a sports gala organized for youth living in slum areas of Kampala. The children were taught to use football (American soccer) to help control the negative behaviors that can result from living in slums, such as theft and prostitution, to use football as hope, and to build their talent and skills. Children from the slums of Namuwongo, Banda, Kireka, and Bwaise attended the event, and the games were played at Kyambogo University’s sports grounds.
Buwate Sports Academy staff organized and engaged parents in discussions concerning their children, such as promoting academy programs, monitoring children in school to enhance good education, career development, behavioral change, and combating poverty by starting income generating activities to promote better standards of living.
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.
RMF paid school fees for 80 children in Buwate Sports Academy.
About 2,000 persons in the Buwate, Kireka, Bwyogerere, and Seeta communities benefit from the Buwate Sports Academy project.