Kayunga & Gobero
Kayunga is a small town in the Wakiso district about forty minutes away from the capital Kampala. Gobero is a poor rural community, about an hour away from the capital Kampala, on the Hoima Road. It is a small village that has been victim to aggressive land grabbing that has occured in some Uganda areas over the last few years, which has forced some residents out of their homes.
The project in Gobero was launched in July 2011. It quickly established itself as success within the community, providing opportunities to all the residents of Gobero. The project was run by Kezia, a local secondary school teacher. On the back of the success of our Gobero project, we moved on to open our next Resource Centre in Kayunga in 2015. The project was run in partnership with St Yowana Maria Muzeeyi primary school and quickly established itself within the community.
Our work in both Gobero and Kayunga focussed on building the recreational base in the communities and starting the Vocational Training Scheme for our community members.
- Resource Centre – we ran two small outreach Resource Centre at the local schools, with a small library, a sports loan service, sports coaching, arts equipment and drums. The centre opened in the evenings, weekends and during the school holidays and also offered a number of services to adults as well as children.
- Community Tournaments – we staged annual community tournaments in Gobero since 2012, as a chance to celebrate the ongoing work in the community and also relay important health messaging in the community. Tournaments included a football, netball and volleyball tournament, while the Resource Centre facilities remained open through the day. As part of the celebration of the events, we then delivered important messaging on issues surrounding health or education.
- Vocational Scholarships – we started our Vocational Training Scheme in Gobero in 2013, offering vocational training scholarships to community members who showed commitment through our other activities. We offered our first scholarships in Kayunga in 2017. These scholarships are continued to be offered, after the Resource Centres have closed down, to continue our support for the communities post project.