Shortly after the creation of our youth centre in 2012, we created a Music Dance and Drama Team (MDD), also known as the Fontes Cultural Troupe, as well as our very own Fontes Football Club. The aim of both these activities was to engage with the local community, learn more about the challenges young people face in the communities, keep these young people away from drugs and crime, as well as to spread the word about the education opportunities Fontes has to offer.
Allowing vulnerable young people to evolve in a group by dancing or playing football together has huge benefits; the solidarity, support and purpose which these activities provide to disadvantaged young people with limited opportunities is invaluable. Not only do they keep the young people from the street, but the youth groups also form a very strong bond with each other and their coaches. In the case of the football team, the fact that the entire team has chipped in to support tuition fee payments of some of their struggling team members, shows the strength of this bond and support.
Over the past years, Hamiss Wasswa has been a lot more than a football coach to the players. He starts each of his training sessions by trying to understand his players’ daily problems and see how he can help. Thanks to his network in the community, Hamiss has often been the decisive link between his players and their first employment. After some very encouraging results against the U-17 of KCCA (one of the major clubs of the country), we are very proud to announce that one of our players has been selected to play for KCCA, who will provide him with a scholarship. Excitingly, the Fontes team has recently entered the second division. This will provide the team with a huge opportunity for growth, as they will be playing very strong teams.