Our Impact

What we have learned

Because of our program, we have witnessed a 75% boost in young people’s confidence in the schools we work in as well as communities. We have, on the other hand, seen firsthand an 85% growth in the creativity of young people. Our achievements are further summarized; reached 6000+ young people (62% are girls while 38% are boys) 1 community center was established, 128 children paid for school fees in total, 65 schools worked with, 1 refugee camp worked in, 5 exhibitions carried out, 215 children with disabilities worked with, 100+ outreaches conducted, 26 districts reached, 2 toolkits developed, and 5 mentorships clubs established.

Words to Deeds

In 2023, we were accepted for the Collaborative Learning Initiative by ISSROFF Family Foundation, and in 2022, graduated from UNLEASH Plus accelerator and UNLEASH Global Innovation Lab India.

In 2020, we were shortlisted for the Top 40 Under 40 in Uganda, we were nominated in 2018 for the Africa Youth Leader Of the Year, accepted for the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI), Change Makers Exchange (CXC) 2019, and in 2017; we were also nominated for the Young Achievers awards. To better serve the young people, we have established our community center in Bakuluugi Zone, Masanafu – the center has an art space for children to learn the art and an equipped workshop for the youths to acquire hands-on skills in shoemaking, bags, and also basic fashion. We are working on establishing a library to encourage community members to read more. When we look at where we started, where we are, and say that this is just the beginning. 

Impact On Individual Lives

In 2023, one of the children we support called Mayambala, 15 years, has honed his illustration and comic art skills due to the free art lessons we offer in schools, which he uses to create educational comic strips and books. His most recent book, “Grio” raises awareness of the violence that girls go through at school that underpins their academic performance and excellence. In 2022, he published his first comic book titled Sebuma which raises awareness about the struggles and potential of people with disabilities.

Kato K.O., 12 years old. His dream is to become a hip-hop dancer and trainer. In 2016, he joined our mentorship pool, and that’s when we discovered his passion for dance. We then connected him to a professional dance instructor (Abramz Tekya), plus Reneus Bbosa, an award-winning dancer from Uganda.

In 2018, he was featured on Deutsche Welle T.V from Germany in a documentary called #77 Percent. Kato has also been supported to perform at big dancer competitions such as the Break-Fast Jam 2018 and won the Hip-Hop for Society kids dance battle 2018. In 2019, together with two of his peers, they started a dance group called Revolution X Crew to nurture more children into dance and performance – their crew has now grown up to 30 dancers who are competing on a national level.

Juliana W, Her dream is to become a famous female footballer and runway model. Being a young refugee girl from South Sudan hasn’t stopped her from following her dream. In 2019, she was nominated for the Children’s Peace Prize. We connected her to a football academy and also supported her to exhibit at three different art exhibitions. World Bank, Uganda, profiled her and appeared in five major newspapers in Uganda and on Pearl F.M. for a live talk show. She now serves as a prefect at her school.

Four refugee children from South Sudan we mentor alongside our founder, sharing a photo moment with Mr. Tony Thompson, country manager of World Bank Uganda, and H.E Henk Jan Bakker, ambassador of Netherlands.

This was after their painting won the Viewers Choice Award during the ‘Storytelling Through Art Exhibition’ at Design Hub, Kampala. Additionally, Richard (red) also won the Best Exhibitor during the Unseen me exhibition at the Uganda Museum. Through art, refugee children are helped to flee from violence and tap into their skills to secure their education.