May 2017

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From Breakdance Uganda to Photography

by fontes on 19/05/2017 No comments

Last week, we were happy to have an inspiring speech by Ugandan photographer Kibuuka Mukisa Oscar, who can be rightfully described as a self-made artist. He got interested in photography through Breakdance Project Uganda, where he was first introduced to a camera and started taking pictures of people breakdancing. The project turned out to be a great starting point for him to master the art of photography. He initiated his career as a photographer slowly. He did not have money to buy a camera and neither did his parents. Kibuuka, therefore, borrowed equipment from friends for gigs. Although he was faced with mistrust, in the beginning, he proved to be reliable and managed to gain a lot of experience. After a while, he was able to buy his first camera through a micro credit.

Today, Kibuuka has exhibited his work both locally and internationally, won several awards and been published in the Washington Post, the German Tageszeitung, and many others. However, Kibuuka still sticks to his roots and remains a vital part of the Ugandan Breakdance community. He is one of the founders of the Break-Fast Jam, East Africa’s biggest breakdance event, featuring dancers from Uganda, Kenya, Congo, Tanzania and Rwanda and beyond.

Kibuuka strongly believes in the power of hiphop to empower Kampala’s youth to become responsible citizens. He is happy to help provide a competitive and cooperative platform to break down societal barriers, be it on a social, economic or tribal level. The successful photographer, who is a role model to many, emphasizes that youth must not necessarily follow his exact career path to creatively harness their limited resources and make a living: “If you are passionate about something and surround yourself with the right people, things will fall into place. The more effort you put in, the more you get out of it.”

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Update on Fontes Football Club

by fontes on 10/05/2017 No comments

We are happy to announce that Fontes Football Club is now officially registered in the Ugandan Football Association FUFA, playing in the second division of Bukasa. Football is one of our key tools in bonding with disadvantaged youth in Kampala. It gives us the chance to learn more about young people’s lives, understand their needs, and spread the word about educational opportunities at Potentiam Youth Development Centre.

Former Ugandan national player and Fontes Football Team Coach Viali Bainomugisha is proud to have built a strong relationship with his players. The team has proven to support the players in various ways, some of them unforeseen. Not only did a number the players opt to study Business, ICT and Englisha at Potentiam Youth Development Centre. Coach Viali managed to link the most talented players to clubs in higher leagues, some of them playing on a semi-pro level at this point. Additionally, Viali successfully arranged sports scholarships for a couple of players, enabling them to finish their high school education. The schools suspended their tuition fees, so the players would play for their school teams.

Coach Viali giving technical instructions after practice

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