Our trip to Katwe

It was the most favourite journey for me and the most exciting place for me ever tovisit, CHESS CLUB CENTRE.The place is located in Katwe, in central Kampala.The club was started by Robert Katende in 2003. It is well known by people because the girl named Phiona Mutesi, Queen of Katwe  did this up to 4th level

In a hurry we started we started to prepare our board games for the journey we load our stuff in a taxi and set off with Ben Parkinson and Alex Obeki.  On the way I saw craft pieces like wooden pots.  We rode up to the way that branch to the chess club centre

When we arrived they warmly  welcome us in a room on the wall there was a photo of all the champions, some of whom I could remember from the film. After sitting for a while they got organised and come to teach us  the chess lessons when they were prepared they teach us,and we enjoyed the lesson

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It was our turn to teach them our board games when we had lunch we teach them board games like Pit, Conquest, Narnia etc.   I was supposed to teach Conquest since no one knows how to play that game very well among the C.4 members except for me.

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It looks like Chess, but it is in fact Conquest. I am on the right

 

After we were done we had a short speech with them they held a short prayer and they told to come next time when Phiona came from UK, after we all get on to get the taxi.

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My Blog about the Gamechangers Holiday in Koro

I am the second one from the left – this was our Art Arena game

My name is Francis Ogen.  I am 12  and this is my blog about our holiday in Koro. We reached in Koro at around 5:15pm and that was on Tuesday 29th August.  Our generator did not arrive on Tuesday, so that evening we had no light, as we could not find paraffin for the lamps.

On Wednesday we started doing our activities that take us up to Koro  and they started with board games, followed by active games after then followed by Art Arena which me , Rubangakene and Akera we are handling .That day they did not do drama on Wednesday evening, as we watched Jungle book.  I enjoyed doing the activities with the kids that day.  We also did sports at the end of the day, like volleyball and football, which was fun.

On Thursday  after taking our breakfast we started doing the activities and that was around 9:00am. After starting with active games and followed with board games and then art. That day our parents came to visit us and then they left at around 3:30pm.  I was happy to seemy father again, as we had been in Kampala since February.  After then drama was the last activity to be done on Thursday and that Thursday evening we watched Transformers, the Movie.

On Friday we took our breakfast and after taking we started doing activities at around 9:00am in the morning.  The first activities to be done were board games and those stopped at around 10:00am after active games followed. They stopped at around 12:00am then art arena followed and it started at around 2:00 pm then stopped at around 3:00pm after drama was the last activities to be done on Friday. On Friday evening we watched City of Embers.  The weather gradually worsened during the week and the area for games became muddy, yet this did affect our enjoyment.

On Saturday we took our breakfast and start doing activities 9:00am morning the first activity to be done was board games and it stopped at around 11:00am and then followed by active games it stopped at around 12:00am after drama followed then it stopped at around 2:00am Art Arena was the last activity to be done during evening we watched Narnia.  We also had special food in the evening – burgers and fried bread and the food generally all week was nice.

On Sunday we take our break at around 9:00am and then we start our journey back home

That mark at the end of my blog.

Game Changers Uganda 2017

l am Kenneth OGamechangersUganda2chola ,age 16 and am a member of Butterfly Project as Cohort 3. We have traveled to Koro recently to carry out a number of activities namely; active games, Board game , Art Arena and Board game Drama mainly carried out by the C4. But the  main issue that took me there was mainly to form Board-game clubs which is Koro Board game club and Gulu Board game Club which we had tough the children most of the Board game we had  with us .

My main aim was to teach the children most of the Board games which we managed to do so and the children will  play and teach other new recruits who have joined during our absence, l formed the clubs with a round 22 members from the Koro Board game Club and 4 from the Gulu board game club which l grouped they according to their location where they stay whereby the children from Koro  and the near by villages  were members of Koro Board game club and those who lived far  away from Koro towards Gulu town were members of Gulu Board game Club.

During my stay there l was working with a team of C4 to teach most of the Board games to the children which made my work easy during the four days up there in Gulu, l had made the membership cards which is to go to each individual in the group l formed up there in the Koro center and gave out their membership cards on the second last day of the activities, the membership cards  was to show that they have learned a number of Board games and willing to play and teach others .

The Koro Board game club is the active group with many members and they will meet every saturday at the Koro Center and am looking forward to find a place of meeting of the Gulu Board game club which means it’s not active at the moment but they are free to come to Koro Center and team up as a team and play Board game on weekends.

In each club  l have selected group leaders  who will  assist me run the clubs during my absence that they will pick out the Board games  them are going to play or teach others .We have left most our Board game in Koro which l hope they will play them during Saturday’s at the Koro Center and there were activities that took place as l have mentioned earlier.

By   Kenneth Ochola

FIVE YEARS SINCE I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE SLUM RUN.

nanciesI am  Nancy  Lakot,  one of the  Butterfly  members  from  northern Uganda  I was recruited in 2010 (Cohort 2),   since we have suffered from war in Northern Uganda  and had massive problems in our village where many people lost their lives. This was sad moment for many who lost their loved ones.   To me it was to stand up for to be strong and have goal in life.  In 2009 when people went back to their villages, many people faced different problems and mostly girls they were not allowed to go to school since people in the village thought that girls are not capable of education.   They thought girls would not pass exams and this made me develop a passion to be a leader in my village.  When I grow up I want to be able to change my community one day and since my daddy has given us the opportunity to study in one of the remote primary school in the village, this made me feel sad for other girls who are not going to school.

When I was recruited in the Butterfly Project as member 2010 I learnt so many things and I became   more passionate about changing my community and empowering young girls that they have the same right like everyone in the villages and giving them different options so that they do not marry early. I did this using MUSIC, DEBATE, SONG AND EVEN TRAINING IN SELF ESTEEM AND HIV AWARENESS.nanciees.jpg

In 2012 the Slum Run was founded by Francis Ssuuna, a friend of mine in the Butterfly Project.  Running was one of the key activities to support the disadvantaged children from slum areas like the Acholi Quarter to help fight poverty in Uganda.  I participated as a runner because I wanted to show that girls can do anything, though people in Uganda don’t think that girls have any hope to be good at athletics.  I was one of a few that participated and our participation encouraged many girls to be running in the Slum Run today.

I was not in Kampala for the more recent years but came back to Kampala this year for my A levels.  I won’t be running but my role on 27th November will be to welcome guests and show them around the exhibitions that we will be having here at the Centre.

I have also been working on the displays, which will show the work of the Kireka centre and the new centre up in Koro near Gulu, where I have spent some time during this year with the girls’ empowerment activities.  I am ready to explain to visitors about all the activities that have been going on in the Butterfly Centre and the impact that the Butterfly Project are having in the community

Also the Slum Run has kept many of the young people working in the quarries in school due to the support the Butterfly Project was able to give to them and also helped them to stay out of the quarry or collecting scrap which many of them used to do. Today, the Slum Run is big compared to the one I ran in 2012, it’s fun for the kids and makes them happy.

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SLUM RUN 2016

slumrunlogo2016newThis year, we are organising a slum run whereby young children come together and show their talents because not that every child has been gifted equally. we have been doing this for some good years and children have been responding positively simply because they love to run and refresh their minds . From the previous run we have been organising , we discovered that children love to run and most of them have career dreams in running like Kiprotich who won a gold medal for his country[Uganda] .So they also want to be like that.

This run has encouraged team working among themselves [children], confidence building . passion for what they are doing , career development, that is to say they can now share their ideas on different things that they think is good for them as runners [incoming Kiprotich] in Uganda.

Even though we have been  organising this run for the previous years smoothly, we have faced many challenges during the journey of recruiting these kids for the slum run, as athletics is not a sport commonly practised in Uganda.

This year’s run will be a little bit different from other runs we have had in the previous years because we are adding athletes from different schools who are going to  participate in the Slum Run, the routes have been mapped and marked carefully.  So we are hoping to see more success   in this coming run than the previous.

My job on the day will be to organise all of the marshalling and I have a team I have brought together for this purpose.  On the day we will be showing the runners where to run and during the week before we will be helping runners by walking the route with them (on 20th November). Also my team will be looking after water points and dealing with any problems that runners may have on the way.

THIS IS ALL BECAUSE OF THE “BUTTERFLY PROJECT”

Sharon

 

 

KORO’S NEW EXPERIENCE

Hello, my name is Okema Beckham Junior a member of the Butterfly project who went up in Koro one of the villages in and had a four day activities with the kids in the villages and this is how we productively spent our time with the kids;

Day one (Wednesday);

This is when we travelled there and arrived a bit late but it wasn’t very late to prepare for the next day and good enough the staff we had there played a good role of letting the children in the village know that we were going to be there and to tell some of the kids to wait for us and the kids weren’t disappointing and they didn’t let us down.

Our first activity was to introduce the different activities we were going to run to the children and thereafter had to send them out to go tell the other friends what we will be doing for the remaining days and the time they should be coming at the center and the kids did as we told them.

Day two (Thursday);

We begun the day with gathering and told them what we will be doing for the day and boomed of the place with the traditional dances as one of the activities in the talent discoveries and we were able to get quite a number of them but others didn’t seem to be very good in doing it and had to give them sweets to encourage others and thereafter broke off to have lunch with the kids.

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We also had to teach the kids how to utilize the resources in the communities to generate electricity and this was done by Brian who came together with me and he did the electronic parts of the activities.

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We then gave the kids a break before they had to go and play Fluxx Ben had bought and went and played volley ball with them as other enjoyed swinging and thereafter had to gather the kids to end the day.

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Day three (Friday);

Day three was when Brian had to finalize with his activity and introduced a new system of electricity generation and the children enjoyed doing it with him and I kicked off with the dice making and I had to explain how we were going to make them and what we were going to use the dices for and everything seemed new to them and that was what we had really gone there to do (teach them new things). We made 4, 6 and 8 sided dices and told them to keep their own dices and had to break off for lunch.

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After lunch, we had to then kick off with what we told them we would use the dices for and it was to use it to play the game they were going to make and had to get the capable ones together and started with making snakes and ladders because it was easy for them to understand the concept of the game since we had already printed out some copies of snakes and ladders for them to understand the game and it was ….a piece of cake.

And the funny part of the activity was that they had to comment that the game wasn’t all that easy to make it but they said it was easier to play it so I had to give a hand and helped them complete it.

Then the next game we had to make was the draughts and it was easy because most of them had already played it but actually never made any game of such and I had to help them out with the measurements and had the draughts smoothly running.

I had to take some kids Ben had chose and spend a night with them in Cosmo guest house and had them play Ice flow and also gave them a chance to play Torchlight 2 with the few Ben selected but I had to postpone my plans to go back to Kampala and had to finish the game I had not finished the previous day.

It was a chance for us to ask them and assess them to get the preview of the four day activities and besides that we also asked them to come up with different more Ideas on how they are going to use the knowledge they got to do something productive in their communities.

Thanks a lot for your support to make all this successful.

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HOLIDAY’S ACTIVITIES

This holiday, we have been visiting some organisations trying to see different things and different activities that they do and see if we could get some new ideas from each organisation that we visited. Some of the organisations that we visited were ; YARID [Young African refugees for integral development]that works with both young  children and the youth and they mostly deals with technology and they normally run it with the youth, Ubuntu which works with girls ,they make beads and other activities , Special children, Special people and this organisation deals with young children and people with disabilities of different kinds, MADUFAFA [Making A Difference in Uganda Face to Face] and they do different activities like dancing, singing , valley ball and many others.

We have been running different activities  with the kids from each organisation that we visited . We were able to run activities like board games, singing ,dancing, valley ball,art for change, reading, spelling bee, and many others.

We experienced  many new things from the different organisations that we were able to visit, we learnt different things from each organisation and we were also able to get ideas . As a result of it all ,we gained experience, confidence, passion to do good and many others .

And to the children , they were able to gain confidence, passion to do good , honesty, love for one another, team work, and many other things. I believe that they can all now stand for what is right , start their own projects and change their communities.

Sharon