We're helping to build a youth development centre! Our Zambian partners, Bauleni United Sports Academy, have had a vision for a Sport and Education development centre in the Bauleni compound of Lusaka for a number of years.
Umutima have helped out by raising the necessary funds to complete the build of the centre. Grace McCatty cycled from John O'Groats to Lands End unsupported - and a group of 14 adventures raised over £20,000 by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in August 2013.
You can read more about this project here
The Go Sisters World Series (GSWS) is Umutima's signature event. We have taken a concept started in Zambia, and gone global!
It began under a tree in Lusaka. Annie Namukanga of the EduSport Foundation, and her team of female footballers, came up with the idea of an event to promote female empowerment and involvement in sport. From this humble beginning, the Go Sisters Zambia movement has developed into a highly successful programme, supported by DFID. Go Sisters combines the importance of education and sport, creating a platform for life skills, leadership development and HIV/AIDS education for girls.
From Zambian beginnings, Umutima have run with the concept of Go Sisters to create the World Series. We invite girls and guys alike to to celebrate woman, raise funds for education and inspire through sport. So far we've had events and fundraisers in over 15 countries with some creative themes - including 'Zumba for Zambia' in the USA, 'Snow Sisters' in the Italian Alps, a Surfing event in New Zealand, Girls' football in India and Kenya, and even a GSWS event in a Palestinian refugee camp!.
Here's a stat attack for you: 29% of Zambian adults are illiterate. Not surprisingly, there is a real lack of resources available to improve this through literacy programmes. In fact, 3 years ago, there were only 2 libraries open to the public in the whole of Lusaka.
Well, now there are 20! Spearheaded by the inspirational Anne Stokes at Marlborough College, and supported by Hayley Barr, Umutima have sent over 45,000 books to Zambia in the past few years to establish these community-based libraries.
Greg Shikombelo, one of the EduSport founders, explained the significance of the library project: "There is a well-known saying - 'if you want to hide something from an African child, write it in a book'. It is incredibly difficult for children to access reading materials here, so Umutima's libraries provide a real step forward for literacy"
The concept is simple. You can donate £10 per month to help fund the school fees of a peer leader. This keeps them in school, and gives them the financial security to be able to keep volunteering their time to run sports sessions in their local communities.
We currently sponsor over 40 students through school - meaning that each week, over 4000 children in Lusaka are benefitting from their sports and coaching sessions!
We have also offered microfinance loans under our 'Dare2Dream' programme, leading to the recording of Bestin Phiri's number 1 album, and Vince Banda's degree in Public Services.
We co-ordinate and fund programmes of activity in four main areas. This is the place to find out a little more about them.