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.
Jan 25, 2010

Bitone Costume Project Progress

Costume Tailoring
Costume Tailoring

Following our last communication on the expenditure plans for the funds you generously donated to this project, we constituted and mandated a task force that developed actual costume budgets, contract agreements with the tailors, as well as monitoring measures on the project progress.

I am glad to inform you that the task force has been able to accomplish a big chunk of the envisaged strategy. On my own behalf and on behalf of the children we congratulate and thank you dearly for your generous financial support. Thank you so much indeed! So far, we have made the following costumes: i) Runyege-Ntogoro dance (from South West Uganda): 12-tops, 12-skirts, 12-rings, 24-bikers, 12-shirts and 12-trousers. ii) Nankasa-Baakisimba dance (from Central Uganda): 12-obujwenge, 12-ankle bells, 12-pet coats and 10 red ebikooyi. iii) Otwenge dance (from Northern Uganda): 12-tops, 12-skirts, 12-ebisenso. iv) Other general Items: 24-pairs of dancing shoes, 24-pairs of dancing stockings, 1-over-sized metallic costume case and several decorating beads.

According to our strategic demand, we still need to make full costumes for the ten (10) remaining dances including: Ekizino, Ekitaguriro, Tamenaibuga, Mwaga, Mbaga, Amaggunju, Otole, Bamagara, Dingding and Gaze dance.

So far, the acquired costumes have not only boosted our performance repertoire and high visual appeal to our audiences, but have also facilitated our children to continue receive assured healing and expression through dance and music, thereby promoting further talent development. “With the great costume color choices and the spectacular designs made, we are now going to dance like there is no tomorrow, to continue show our audiences the power of music in creating peace and unity” said Ndagire Angel, a Bitone child. Ultimately, the project will foster more happiness and performance empowerment in the lives of these kids –today, tomorrow and forever. This is just the beginning!

Please let us know what you think about this progress so far. Do you have any suggestions on ways to complete this project? We would love to hear from you. Thank you for being a blessing in the lives of these kids, and as our motto says… “In Art We Unite”.

Clad in Runyege-Ntogoro Costume
Clad in Runyege-Ntogoro Costume
Sylvia, Mary, Angel clad in Otwenge Costume
Sylvia, Mary, Angel clad in Otwenge Costume

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Oct 27, 2009

Thank you and Updates!

Bitone Art work
Bitone Art work

To all of you who supported us during the Global Giving Project Challenge, thank you so much and congratulations again. Bitone is now a member of Global Giving community! We sincerely appreciate and value your contribution so highly!

With this momentum, the center is energized to continue with its rehabilitation programs to the children. We are very hopeful that our goal will be achieved. The kids are very excited to continue sharing their stories, struggles, challenges, successes, talents, future dreams and desire for peace to all of you.

Art Craft: We are very glad to inform you that Bitone Children finalized their two-month planned project of making and designing special beaded necklaces and ear rings and other jewelry made from local materials. The project is part of the on-going skill acquisition training and sharing. As part of awareness, the kids hope to showcase these items both at the center and possibly elsewhere. They also hope to sell them out and raise some money for their survival. You may also support them by buying some of their jewelry. Contact: brancolarrys@hotmail.com

As Bitone Center, we are committed to continue using art as a tool to foster a sense of belongingness and tolerance for peace –productivity and sustainability.

Academics: “I thank everyone who has contributed to my studies. I hope I will also have a chance to continue studying next year. My dream is to become a medical doctor and a musician…” said Aisha Nabitosi, S.4. On the 15th October, three Bitone children –Mary, Damalie and Aisha started sitting for their Ugandan National Examinations (UNEB) which will mark the end of the O-Level (Ordinary Level, Senior 4) leading them to Advanced Level. Other candidates (Junior and Steven) will be doing their Uganda Primary Leaving Examinations (P.L.E) on 3rd up to 6th November, 2009. Meanwhile, Elizabeth will be sitting for her senior six examinations starting on the 6th November, 2009. We wish them success!!

Bitone Candidates
Bitone Candidates
Kids in a drawing competition
Kids in a drawing competition