The Uganda International marathon 2016 Video Adventure

The Uganda International marathon 2016 Video Adventure

Welcome to #UGM2016! Follow the adventurers who came to Uganda in 2016 to raise money for an incredible community and take part in a race like no other. This video shows some of the highlights from the 2016 marathon week and the 2nd ever Uganda Marathon – an adventure that was mostly described as “the best week of my life“. Find out more: https://ugandamarathon.com Film by:...
Interview with Fedelsi Nakakawa – Mother of Bonnie from the AICOD Project

Interview with Fedelsi Nakakawa – Mother of Bonnie from the AICOD Project

Fedelsi and her grandson Kisuule Bonnie, live in Lyabuguma village, near Masaka. Bonnie is like any other nine year old, cheeky and full of a curiosity to explore. He is constantly getting into trouble, the kind that all children get in to at that age. However, unlike most other young children he has also, heartbreakingly, spent vast amounts of this childhood tied to a tree. And the reason is for his own safety. Bonnie is a low functioning autistic with the tendency to wander off when left alone – a guardian’s worst nightmare! Feldelsi has a huge amount of love for Bonnie but was alone and therefore had no option than to leave him tethered to a tree near their house whilst she was working. Often worried and tired, she had no support in a society that often deems disabled children as burdens and troublemakers. There is a huge lack of knowledge and understanding, meaning no training and help to those who care for those living with a disability, resulting in situations like Bonnie’s. In the past few months all this has changed and you can see it in their smiles. This has come about after marathon funding has enabled Bonnie and Fedelsi to receive help from ‘Action for Integrated Community Development’. AICOD are a very small grass-roots project that help people like Bonnie live richer, happier lives. They receive no formal funding outside of what people like you have given via the marathon. Fedelsi now has a support network, but it is the physical change to their house which has really impacted Bonnie’s life. In May a team of Uganda Marathon...
Interview with UGM Youth Finance Scheme Intern Lubega Fredrick

Interview with UGM Youth Finance Scheme Intern Lubega Fredrick

Lubega Fred is one of our interns from the Uganda Marathon Youth Finance Scheme. He has been with Youth With a Vision for a number of years, however he outgrew the service that they offer to young disadvantaged Ugandans. Frederick successfully applied for our Youth Finance Scheme and we gave him the skills and funding to start a pig farming business in Masaka. He went through our internship program that teaches them finance, business administration and marketing so he now has the skills to start trading. The Youth Finance Scheme is funded by the money raised through the Uganda Marathon, it offers loans to young Ugandan entrepreneurs so that they can go into business. The interest made off the loan repayments allows the scheme to grow and fund more young Ugandans looking to go into business. Here is what Frederick has to say: “My name is Lubega Fredrick, I have a project called piglets for pigs farm and it is funded by the Uganda Marathon Finance Scheme in conjunction with Youth with a Vision. These people found me doing nothing, they called me up and they took me into internships of business administration – they funded the financial studies I went through and they lent me money to start a business. I started with 6 piglets, they were about 1 month and 2 months, and now they are 8 and 7 months, they are costing around 250,000 ugx and I am looking forward to them growing bigger in size so that I can get more money to make my business run and to make sure I can continue with...
AICOD – The Village Savings & Loans Association

AICOD – The Village Savings & Loans Association

The Village Savings & Loans Association is an initiative run by AICOD (Action for Integrated Community Development) that encourages groups of members, numbering about 5 families in each group who all have a disabled individual in their care, to save money into a central pot. These pots can be used to give out loans to members, for support of their dependents or income generating schemes for the entire group. The money generated from the #UGM2016 marathon is supporting the VSLA by offering matched funding for the groups – we put money into their shared pot, based on the amount of money saved by the groups. Andy Bownds and Tom have recently visited one of the VSLA groups and even within the short space, since the marathon, the progress has been incredible! Mama Group Kalagala – This group has 14 members, currently each saving 2,000 UGX a week. This has meant that the group have been able to buy two goats at 100,000 ugx each. The goats are kept in one of the member’s goat enclosures, however, so that the group can by more goats, they are  saving to build their own goat house. We have also been able to support this group by offering them expert training, conducted by the head teacher of a nearby disability school. Some of the things that Mama Group Kalaga have said about the disability training: “[I have learned]Awareness of how to handle my child and the benefits of working together in a group” (Nakaggwa Sarah) “My child will no longer behind” (Haji Tayiti) “I have gained confidence that if disabled children are looked after well...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Thomas Donohoe

Interview with a UGM Runner – Thomas Donohoe

The runners make the Uganda Marathon what it is. The friendships, the community, the fundraising and the determination to finish is why the UGM is truly a Race Like No Other. Here we tell the stories of the runners who took part in 2016 event, as they share their insights and experiences of the week-long adventure. Having previously visited Uganda as a volunteer in 2014, Thomas decided to return with the UGM having found the charity’s non-profit model and ethos appealing. He volunteered at three of our projects during the week including ‘Youth with a Vision’ and the ‘Suubi Centre’. Then on the final day, he took on our 10K Race through rural Africa…   1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon 2016? Since volunteering in Uganda in 2014, I have been working with some community projects to help them access resources and support necessary for their development. I am a big believer in the positive power of sport as a universal language and as a starting point for shared experiences and relationships. The non-profit model and ethos of the Ugandan Marathon as a catalyst for sustainable community development is a structure I firmly believe is best suited to helping with the long-term development of communities in Africa. This approach can make direct life-changing impacts by bringing people from different parts of the world together, under a common interest and shared goal for the empowerment of the local community.   2. Was it what you expected? It is difficult to explain to those who haven’t experienced life in African communities how welcoming, life-affirming and generous the people you meet are....

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