Streets Revolution Uganda, the story so far…..

We caught up on-line with Mukasa Nassar and asked him to tell us what’s been happening in Uganda and his plans for the future

How did you start?

Streets Revolution Uganda is a brain child of Streets Revolution CIC, initiated in 2011 by Mukasa Nassar who had a similar vision of reaching out to the marginalized and less fortunate people in Uganda through the power of sports and edutainment activities. Through strategic multi partnership and networking with Jonathan Regler, It fully started operating on 3rd Oct 2011 and since then it has been progressing steadily on its mission of engaging, educating, empowering and making a positive lasting change in people’s lives.
What are you doing?

Streets Revolution Uganda is engaged in a number of activities which include mobilizing the hard to reach population to engage in positive activities which promote their wellbeing (music and playing football); planning, developing and sustaining drop in and training sessions; organizing friendly matches and lobbying for technical, logistical and financial support.

What is the impact of football? 

Football has enhanced talent identification and Individual development; promoted physical fitness, health life styles & disease Prevention; torn apart the walls of social paradigm attached with homelessness; Social Integration and Social capital development; i.e. making new friends; healed scars of trauma and depression for those who had lost hope for the future; boosted discipline, leadership and teamwork skills of members engaged.

The team from Uganda

Hopes for the future?

To expand to other hard to reach population; To introduce more sports and edutainment programs; To organize youth health camps; To get volunteers with vast experience in sports coaching and refereeing; To introduce Social Inclusion Tournaments and engage in both national and international tournaments; and To create skills development centre and employment opportunities for self- reliance.

Participants in Uganda were asked a few questions and this is what they said (5 Ugandan Schillings is less than 10p) ~

Aphan Kibugo

He is 21 years old and one of our members from a vulnerable home. His guardians could not afford meeting his scholastic needs and fees for his secondary education. Because of his talents and passion for football, he was awarded a scholarship for his higher education and just recently finished his S.6 final exams for his Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE). He seeks going for further professional career in coaching. Because of his passion for coaching, we have partly assigned him the role of coaching the junior team of kids, he loves it so much.

Through our interactive conversations with him he had this to say

What have you got from playing with SR Uganda?

My playing with SRU has helped so much on improving my skills in football as well as coaching, he have been able to practice what we learn and teaching it to my fellow young brothers in the junior team; I have also been able to make more friends on the pitch and outside the pitch. The community has also started seeing and appreciating my coaching skills I pass on the young ones. I have also remained physically fit due to the daily training.

What do you hope to achieve?

I hope to continue with my career in football coaching and passing on skills to the young ones. I hope one day in future to become a professional player and a coach in a big team.

What is your daily life like for you?

I was always bored when I came back for holidays because I lacked friends to play organised football with but since I joined SRU, I have gained hope and my future seems brightened

How can we help you from outside Uganda?

You can help me by sponsoring my professional career of coaching; providing me with equipments and football kits, funds to facilitate team activities like paying subscription to participate in national tournaments and travelling and meeting other small needs of children for instance sometimes, children ask me for water during training. You can also support with first aid medical kits.

What would you do with 5 UG shillings? How would it help you?

I would save it, help me in buying my needs like football kits, and if I happen to save enough funds, I would use it for supporting me in continuing with education career.

 

2. Ojobie Joel 15yrs.

He is half orphan and dropped out of school because the mum could not afford paying for his scholastic needs. By the time we identified him he was at high risk of joining the street life due to being desperate and idle.

What have you got from playing with SR Uganda?

I have learned football skills, team work, discipline and I have also got many friends which I never used to have before.

What do you hope to achieve?

I hope one day to become a professional footballer and play for Uganda Cranes. I also hope to get more football skills and become a famous midfielder like Alex of

What is your daily life like for you?

I was bored, used to spend my day in the local cinema halls watching movies and their friends I had got who were on the street who were encouraging me to take drugs but I refused.

How can we help you from outside Uganda?

To support me in going back to school, to help me with football kits like balls, shoes, jerseys.

What would you do with 5 UG shillings? How would it help you?

I would save it and buy my needs like shoes, clothes, books.

Kagere Assuman 17 yrs. He is from a needy family and a school drop out because parent could afford to meet the school needs

What have got from playing with SR Uganda?

I have gained skills, I have become physically fit, I have also made many friends, I have also been taught discipline and team work

What do you hope to achieve?

To become a professional footballer and play for the Uganda cranes. I also hope to go outside Uganda and play international football. I also hope to make more friends.

What is your daily life like for you?

I was so lonely and spent most of time wandering aimless on streets, looking for what to do and earn a survival. Then I got a casual job to wash people’s cars which I do up to now.

How can we help you from outside Uganda?         

To support me in continuing with education through giving school fees, scholastic materials, football kits like jerseys, shoes and also giving me more skills and tactics

What would you do with 5 UG shillings? How would it help you?

I would save it and buy my needs like clothes, food, training jersey and shoes.

I would also save it and buy my scholastic needs, pay tuition and start a small business to support me.

meet the kids who love football


If you want to support any of our projects and the work we want to have to achieve then click on the link and make a donation Streets Revolution CIC and help us make a difference.

Thanks on Behalf of Mukasa

La langue de l’inclusion sociale (The Language of Social inclusion)

I have recently returned from a visit to Perpignan, an exchange visit to see how across europe we can form an Association that brings together people with Mental health problems who have used sport and other leisure activities to assist in recovery and impact change in their communities.

Along side the nurses and leaders from COASTERS, we met up with other similar volunteers and workers from Belgium, France, and Slovakia.

It was interesting hearing and exploring how other countries and individuals are working on the ways in which attitudes and perceptions need to be changed and the similarities in which we work to change internal thoughts through collective sports and programmes designed to build self esteem and confidence.

J’ai récemment rentré d’une visite à Perpignan, une visite d’échange pour voir comment à travers l’Europe, nous pouvons former une association qui rassemble des gens avec des problèmes de santé mentale qui ont utilisé le sport et autres activités de loisirs pour aider à changer la récupération et l’impact dans leurs communautés.

À côté des infirmières et des dirigeants de VERRES, nous avons rencontré avec d’autres bénévoles similaires et les travailleurs de la Belgique, la France et la Slovaquie.

Il était intéressant d’entendre et d’explorer comment les autres pays et les individustravaillent sur la façon dont les attitudes et les perceptions doivent être modifiées et les similitudes dans lequel nous travaillons à changer les pensées internes à travers le sport collectif et des programmes visant à construire l’estime de soi et la confiance.

I have seen how even though our French was not as good as their English and our Slovakian non existent, we were not only able to understand each other, but shared and communicated our passion for making a difference, I have added a few videos of some of the people we met and the work they do at LaMaison Bleue.

We met some fascinating people with wonderful stories of hope and possibilities and explore how even more can be achieved if we work together,

Many people believe in recovery and yet in France many struggle to be given the opportunity to once again become fully fledged members of society , plagued with inconsistencies and bureaucracy, with funding shortages and struggles with discrimination and stigma, sound familiar?

Our visit to LaMaison Bleue

J’ai vu comment, même si notre français n’est pas aussi bon que leur anglais et de notre existant slovaque non, nous n’étions pas seulement capables de comprendre les uns les autres, mais partagée et communiquée notre passion pour faire une différence, j’ai ajouté quelques vidéos de certains des gens que nous avons rencontrés et le travail qu’ils accomplissent au LaMaison Bleue.

Nous avons rencontré certaines personnes fascinant avec de merveilleuses histoiresd’espoir et de possibilités et d’explorer comment encore plus peut être réalisé et de travailler ensemble,

Beaucoup de gens croient dans le rétablissement et encore en France beaucoup peinent à avoir la possibilité de redevenir membres à part entière de la société à nouveau, aux prises avec des contradictions et de la bureaucratie, avec des pénuries de financement et de luttes avec la discrimination et la stigmatisation,semble familier?

We are hoping to see the project in Bratislva in Slovakia soon and also visit the guys and girls in Belgium, with a culmination event in Oxford 2013.

Whatever the plans we are all passionate about the power of sport and how it be used for social change the individual languages are different, but the language of social inclusion is shared and universal and brings a light of hope for the future of people who for too long now have been discriminated against ,misunderstood and targeted.

Its only by sharing knowledge and experiences can we hope to have a lasting impact on members of our society not strangers in the wilderness.

Nous espérons voir le projet dans Bratislva en Slovaquie, bientôt, et aussi visiter les gars et les filles en Belgique, avec un événement culminant à Oxford 2013.

Quelles que soient les plans, nous sommes tous passionnés par le pouvoir du sportet comment il sera utilisé pour un changement social les différentes langues sont différentes, mais la langue de l’inclusion sociale est partagé et universel et apporte une lumière d’espoir pour l’avenir du peuple qui souffre depuis trop longtemps ont été discriminés incompris et ciblées.
Son seul en partageant les connaissances et les expériences que nous pouvons espérer avoir un impact durable sur les membres de notre société n’est pas des étrangers dans le désert.

It struck me that the language of social inclusion is the same as the universal language of football and allows for many comparisons and as all players hope for an equal chance to participate, so do people with a variety of people who have or are suffering from mental health problems.

The players hope for rules that are equal and fair, for the opportunity despite skill or ability, to be allowed to express themselves, not be bullied or prevented from that by so called ‘stronger’ members of the team, and most of all they all feel the same when a GOAL is scored and that is the joy of the sport, that allows equality of enjoyment.

Il m’a semblé que la langue de l’inclusion sociale est le même que le langage universel du football et permet des comparaisons nombreuses et, comme tous les joueurs espèrent une chance égale de participer, de sorte que les gens avec une variété de personnes qui ont ou qui sont atteintes de troubles mentaux problèmes de santé.

Les joueurs d’espoir pour des règles qui sont justes et équitables, pour l’occasion en dépit de compétences ou la capacité, pour être autorisé à s’exprimer, ne pas êtreintimidés ou empêchés d’qu’en soi-disant plus «forte» des membres de l’équipe, et surtout ils ont tous ressentent la même chose quand un but est marqué et qui est la joie de ce sport, qui permet l’égalité de jouissance.

We wish everyone a prosperous and equal new year in 2012. Where ever you maybe.

Nous souhaitons à tous une année prospère et égalitaire de nouvelles en 2012. Où que vous peut-être.