Bitone Children's Center

To enhance the lives and hopes of Ugandan children between 8 and 18 years old who are traumatized by the death of their parents or loss of their home due to disease, war, or economic hardship using music and dance. Our core objective is to support disadvantaged Ugandan children through provision of food, shelter, clothing, education, and counseling/mentoring.
Mar 28, 2012

Bitone Updates: MARCH 2012

Getting Dressed for a Performance
Getting Dressed for a Performance

SALUTATIONS:
Hello there!

Welcome to this month’s edition of news and updates from Bitone Children's Center. It is our hope that you have had a great time since we last communicated with you. We are sending you warm and heartfelt greetings from Bitone children, staff and community friends. And we wish you the most refreshing spring 2012.

APPRECIATION

We deeply want to thank you so much for your moral, technical and financial support you offer to Bitone Children’s Center through GlobalGiving. It is no doubt that your generosity has kept us going especially at this time as we continue to experience economic crisis.

Many thanks go to all of you that supported us during the recently concluded Global Giving Bonus Day. As you are aware, all the funds your donated on the bonus day will go directly to clear educational related needs (school fees, uniforms, school shoes) for our children for this current January-April 2012 academic term/semester. We are happy to inform you that we were able to collect donations totaling to $925 (after matching them) out the targeted $1,781. This leaves with us a balance of $856 needed to clear the education budget for this current term.

Once again, congratulations and thank you so much for your support and generosity.

BITONE WEBSITE:

Our new website is still under construction. Once complete, you will able to access all information in detail including a photo gallery, news bytes, other ways to get involved and so much more. The aim is to make it more interactive. We would like to thank those persons who are making it possible to have it constructed and hosted. To access the Bitone website, please visit: www.bitonechildren.org

TERM SCHOLARSHIP:
I am happy to inform you that 3 (out of the 4) of our children who completed their Primary Leaving Examinations last year have been awarded each a G.T.L scholarship for this current academic term to start with their senior one studies at St. Lawrence Ssonde Secondary School. The girls are:

  • Angel Ndagire (Senior one)
  • Jane-Rose Ayebare (Senior one)
  • Sylvia Nansumba (Senior two)

Growth Through Learning (GTL) is a secular nonprofit that awards scholarships to bright East African girls from poor families so that they can get a high school education. For more info please see: http://growththroughlearning.org/ The same organization has offered to pay Tuition for Elizabeth Nantongo's. Elizabeth, one of the oldest students joined Makerere University and she is pursuing a degree in Community Psychology.

While we have been presented with this great opportunity, we (Bitone) have a responsibility to support these girls with all their scholastic needs. These include books, uniforms, textbooks plus other learning materials and up-keep funds while at school.

BITONE SENIOR 6 STUDENTS:

I am happy to inform you that our children who sat for their Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (A Level- Senior six exams) passed.

  • Damalie Nabanakulya scored: 14 points (Arts)
  • Mary Nansamba scored: 14 points (Arts) and
  • Aisha Blessed Nabitosi scored: 16 points (Sciences)

These three will be joining college/universities in the upcoming in-take (August) this year 2012. We continue to invite any individuals who might be interested in sponsoring a child with their education.

CHILDREN’S PROFILES:

We are happy to share with you our children’s profiles. Please find attached profiles and feel free to share it with any of your friends. We hope you find it helpful to read the background, dreams and successes of our children.

We would like to thank you once again for being there for us as we continue to provide support to our children with hopes that their lives will be better to make this world a better place. In case you would like to make any donation in support of our programs or in support of any of a child’s education, kindly visit our donation page at: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/bitone-24-ugandan-disadvantaged-children/

THE TWO BITONE CURRENT TOP NEEDS:

Below are Bitone’ s current needs. We invite anyone with any advice, guidance, and resources that can help us achieve these goals.

  • LAND PURCHASE

Details: About 7 acres. This amount of land will be used to build a Bitone home that will accommodate the children (2 acres), a garden (1 acre), a theatre (1 acre), and a school (3 acres).

  • CHILD EDUCATION SPONSORSHIP

Details: Tuition and Scholastic materials of each Bitone child/youth: Primary School, Secondary School and College/University. Our goal is to have each child matched with an individual sponsor. We realize that this might be easier and draws the beneficiary close to his or her sponsor. In case you are interested in sponsoring a child, kindly contact us for details. You may also wish to make a donation through GlobalGiving and indicate which student (child) you would like your donation to benefit. We thank you in advance!

We would love to hear from you and we wish you a happy beginning of April 2012.

For any inquiries, you may contact us:

Executive Director –Branco Lawrence Sekalegga

E-mail: brancolarrys@hotmail.com

Phone (+256) 772 – 442-274

Bitone International Programs Coordinator – Sarah Heddon

E-mail: slheddon@gmail.com

Phone (810) 923 – 1879

With Love and Friendship!
Bitone Team.

Groupe Photo
Groupe Photo
Playing "omugudo" Drums
Playing "omugudo" Drums
Bitone
Bitone 'Prayer..'
Dance Culture..
Dance Culture..
Brenda from School.
Brenda from School.
Angel learning drumming...
Angel learning drumming...

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Jan 31, 2012

Bitone Updates: JANUARY 2012

Angel_PLE Certificate
Angel_PLE Certificate

APPRECIATION:

Hello lovely people,

On behalf of Bitone Children and Management, I warmly greet you and congratulate you upon reaching the end of January 2012. Its been a year of great optimism here at Bitone Center and it is our hope that you have had a good time and that you are living up to your hearts’ desires and plans. From us here at Bitone Center, we are deeply appreciative of the support you have accorded to us as we started to celebrate the beginning of the year 2012. There is no doubt that your continued support has enabled us to continue run our programs. Thank you so much for supporting our children.

DONATIONS:

A BIG thank you goes to all those persons who have made a donation to Bitone Children’s Center project on GlobalGiving. More so, we most kindheartedly thank those persons who chosen to make a recurring donation to our project in continuous support of our children. We shall be sharing with you the detailed expenditures in our upcoming newsletter.  We are inviting others who may wish to do the same. It is through these donations that we are able to supplement our children’s education costs, food sustenance and medical costs.  To make a donation, please visit our GlobalGiving page link at: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/bitone-24-ugandan-disadvantaged-children/

P.L.E RESULTS:

We are happy to announce to you that our four children who sat for Primary Leaving Examinations last year all passed as below:

1.     Angel Ndagire:             12 aggregates (First Grade)

2.     Grant Kaboggoza:       18 aggregates (Second Grade Upper)

3.     Mary Nakimera:           24 aggregates (Second Grade)

4.     Jane-Rose Ayebare:    14 aggregates (Second Grade Upper)

Please see attached their Leaving Certificates:

The four children above will be joining senior one to pursue their secondary school level education. The academic term will commence on the 11th February 2012. We are seeking for persons who may be interested in sponsoring any of the above children. In case you are interested in sponsoring any of the above children, kindly contact our Executive Director at: brancolarrys@hotmail.com for details. Alternatively, you may wish to make a donation through GlobalGiving and indicate which child you prefer your donation to go towards.

Meanwhile, the rest of the children will be returning to school on the 4th February 2012. Any support towards their education (Tuition and Scholastic Needs) is highly appreciated.

BITONE TROUPE:

Last Saturday (28th January 2012), Bitone Troupe performed at a wedding ceremony that took place at Seven Trees in Kampala area. As always, this was a great opportunity for the children to share their success stories and talent to a wider audience. The performance featured dances from Eastern Uganda, Northern Uganda and Central Uganda including powerful instrumental music and sensational singing. Please see included photos highlighting some of the moments of the performance.

The troupe’s vision is that by providing artistic training in music and dance, our children’s lives can again become meaningful and productive. We aim at providing the next generation of Ugandans to fully participate and assume leadership roles in their communities. Through their practices and performances, children lay a solid foundation to their future as they both physically, emotionally and intellectually grow–creating greater horizons and assurance for their future.  

BITONE NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

We are glad to announce to you that Bitone Children's Center got a new Board of Directors who will help continue overseeing and providing guidance on the operations of Bitone Children's Center. We shall be availing you with the details of the new board in our upcoming newsletter.

BITONE CURRENT NEED’S LIST 2012:

Below are Bitone’ s most crucial areas of need for 2012. We invite anyone with any advice, guidance, and resources that can help us achieve these goals.

1. Land Purchase

Details: About 7 acres. This amount of land will be used to build a Bitone home that will accommodate the children (2 acres), a garden (1 acre), a theatre (1 acre), and a school (3 acres).

2. Bitone Performance Tour

Details: Staging performances outside Uganda for raising revenue, sharing stories and enhancing the Bitone visibility. This will not only help children feel strengthened through sharing their stories and talent, but will also attract more opportunities for the much needed resources Bitone needs to survive and become self sustainable.

3. Child Education Sponsorship

Details: Tuition and Scholastic materials of each Bitone child/youth: Primary School, Secondary School and College/University. Our goal is to have each child matched with an individual sponsor. We realize that this might be easier and draws the beneficiary close to his or her sponsor. In case you are interested in sponsoring a child, kindly contact us for details. You may also wish to make a donation through GlobalGiving and indicate which student (child) you would like your donation to benefit. We thank you in advance!

Once again, thank you so much for taking time to read our monthly updates and as always, we would like to hear from you. We wish you a happy beginning of February 2012.

For any inquiries, you may contact us:

  • Executive Director –Branco Lawrence Sekalegga

E-mail: brancolarrys@hotmail.com

Phone (+256) 772 – 442-274

  • Bitone International Programs Coordinator – Sarah Heddon

E-mail: slheddon@gmail.com

Phone (810) 923 – 1879

With Love and Friendship!

Bitone Team.

Grant_PLE Certificate
Grant_PLE Certificate
Jane-Rose_PLE Certificate
Jane-Rose_PLE Certificate
Mary_PLE Certificate
Mary_PLE Certificate
Aisha Displays her Art Piece
Aisha Displays her Art Piece
Bitone Perfoming at a wedding ceremony
Bitone Perfoming at a wedding ceremony
Bitone with a friend after a show
Bitone with a friend after a show
Brenda Diplaying her Art Piece
Brenda Diplaying her Art Piece
Damalie clad in her performance costume
Damalie clad in her performance costume
Grant Performing Runyege Dance
Grant Performing Runyege Dance
Sebastian Cleaning Bitone Compound
Sebastian Cleaning Bitone Compound
Bitone girls pose for a photo after a show
Bitone girls pose for a photo after a show
Steven and Grant Playing a Duet
Steven and Grant Playing a Duet
The Trio: Mary, Jane-Rose, Angel
The Trio: Mary, Jane-Rose, Angel

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Nov 9, 2011

Bitone Updates: November 2011

Angel at her school
Angel at her school

Bitone Updates: November 2011

APPRECIATION:

Warm and heartfelt greetings from Bitone Children’s Center and Troupe. We are deeply appreciative of the support you have accorded to us since we last shared the news pertaining our program activities. Thank you for supporting our children to grow productively as they receive education, talent development and rehabilitation.

GLOBALGIVING

We would like to thank all of you who made a donation during GlobalGiving's LAST Bonus Day of the year that took place on October 19th. We are glad to announce that a gross amount of $1,660 was raised. These funds will directly go towards supplementing children’s Tuition of this current term of study. Part of these funds will also be used to purchase foodstuff for the children.


In the same vain, we truly thank those persons who opted to make a recurring donation to our project and we are inviting others to join and make donation as able. Thank you so much. To make a donation, please visit our GlobalGiving page link at: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/bitone-24-ugandan-disadvantaged-children/


EDUCATION:

We are proud to announce that;

  1. Deborah Nabatanzi (our oldest child) will be graduating this Friday (11th November, 2011) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Kampala International University. We truly thank all those persons who have helped Deborah achieve her degree.
  2. Rosco Kayongo is currently pursuing a diploma in Music, Dance and Drama at the Department of Performing Arts and Film, Makerere University.
  3. Aisha Blessed, Mary Nansamba and Damalie Nabanakulya will be doing their final exams (A-Level UNEB) starting on the 15th November 2011. We wish the, good luck!
  4. Angel, Grant, Mary and Jane-Rose completed their Primary Leaving Exams (P.L.E) last week. We pray that they will receive good results.
  5. Sebastian Lutalo has completed his Senior Four exams (UCE UNEB). We are hopeful that he will receive good results.

BITONE TROUPE:

The troupe’s vision is that by providing artistic training in music and dance, our children’s lives can again become meaningful and productive. We aim at providing the next generation of Ugandans to fully participate and assume leadership roles in their communities

Our efforts in elevating Bitone children’s skills in music and dance practices have continued to yield excellent results. There is no doubt that values of self-esteem, confidence and trustworthiness continue to grow in each child everyday. Through their practices and performances, children lay a solid foundation to their future as they both physically, emotionally and intellectually grow–creating greater horizons and assurance for their future.  

BITONE NEW METRON:

We are glad to announce to you our new matron/Auntie Ms. Justin Kyeyune) following the resignation of Ms. Robinah Nangonzi. Ms. Justin is a mother and an experienced caretaker whose strong love towards the children has already been felt. She is charged with the welfare of the children including preparing meals and attending to other home-related activities.

BITONE CURRENT NEED’S LIST 2011

SHORT-TERM

  1.   Land Purchase & construction of Bitone Center

Details: A minimum of 5 acres. This will accommodate the home for the children, a theatre, a garden, rehearsal rooms, a recreation ground, a Library and a cultural village.

  1. Bitone Performance Tour

Details: Staging performances outside Uganda for raising revenue, sharing stories and enhancing the Bitone visibility.

  1. Child Education Sponsorship

Details: Tuition and Scholastic materials of all Bitone Children: Primary School, Secondary School and College/University.

  1. Sound Equipment

Details: To amplification during Bitone Performances. These include speakers, amplifiers, mixers, microphones, stage lights and stands, and a computer

 

LONG-TERM

  1. Recording Studio

Details: For production of Bitone music and dances

  1. 35- Seater Bus (vehicle)

Details: For transporting children to school and to the performance venues within Uganda


Once again, thank you so much for taking time to read our monthly updates and as always, we would like to hear from you.

For any inquiries, you may contact us:

  • Executive Director –Branco Sekalegga

E-mail: brancolarrys@hotmail.com

Phone (+256) 772 – 442-274

  • Bitone International Programs Coordinator – Sarah Heddon

E-mail: slheddon@gmail.com

Phone (810) 923 – 1879

  • Member, Bitone Music Production – Grant Buhr.

E-mail: granttbuhr@gmail.com

Phone (773) 703 – 9620

 

In Peace and Friendship!

Bitone Team.

Bitone Troupe Preparing for a Performance
Bitone Troupe Preparing for a Performance
At Bitone Center
At Bitone Center
Dance Rehearsals
Dance Rehearsals
Angel and Jane-Rose, a few hours to doing PLE
Angel and Jane-Rose, a few hours to doing PLE
Bitone Perfoming at a wedding ceremony
Bitone Perfoming at a wedding ceremony
Sylvia
Sylvia

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