Uganda’s Aliguma Foundation is among the 55 new projects that have been approved by the UEFA Foundation For Children to receive grant that will help to safeguard children’s rights.
The decision to allocate UEFA grant to the different children projects was reached on during the videoconference meeting that was convened on Wednesday this week by the foundation’s board of trustees and the UEFA president, Aleksander Čeferin.
The meeting approved the allocation of four million eight hundred twelve thousand twenty one euros (€4,812,021) for the 2020/21 budget.
The allocated UEFA Grant will aid in the extension of already existing projects and it’s in line with its mission to protect children’s fundamental rights in health and protection, children with disabilities, education and personal development, access to sport, integration of minorities and protection for victims of conflicts.
Approximately, half of the foundation’s budget is earmarked for projects in Europe while the rest supports projects in other continents.
In all, 55 projects and the Aliguma Foundation inclusive are supported along with three new pitch constructions in Europe in partnership with Lay’s.
An upbeat Ritah Aliguma believes the development is a huge milestone for the foundation and is positive about continuing to bring hope to the less privileged youths in the slums.
“It’s a huge milestone and we plan to groom the next football stars from the ghettos on top of helping their families with skills to outlive sports. We are on the noble cause to bring hope to the underprivileged Youth.” Aliguma told ChimpReports.
Kids playing in the slum soccer tournament at Acholi Quarters playgroundAmong the 55 Non Governmental Organizations which were selected for financial support from the UEFA Foundation for Children: 24 are based in Europe; 16 in Africa; 8 in America, 6 in Asia; and 1 in Oceania.
The Aliguma Foundation is a social charity organization that fosters sustainable development within marginalized populations in the slums of Acholi Quarters located in Banda, a Kampala suburb.
It was founded by a celebrated female sports journalist Ritah Aliguma three years ago and has now grown to benefit hundreds of slum dwellers in Acholi quarters, creating an impact on their lives.
The Foundation organises an annual slums soccer tournament at the Acholi Quarters playground as Ritah believes that sports and football inherently offer a transferable set of skills for social development through team building, acceptance, tolerance and discipline.
The Acholi Quarters community has seen a transformation in football following the Aliguma foundation partnership with them over the past three years.
Through annual soccer tournament, a number of pupils in the community have attained free education by acquiring bursaries in the aftermath of the Slum Soccer tournaments organised by the foundation.
They have also in the past gotten football equipment including jerseys, boots and balls among other life necessities.