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.
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/
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
Phone (+256) 772 – 442-274
- Bitone International Programs Coordinator – Sarah Heddon
Phone (810) 923 – 1879
With Love and Friendship!
Aisha Displays her Art Piece
Bitone Perfoming at a wedding ceremony
Bitone with a friend after a show
Brenda Diplaying her Art Piece
Damalie clad in her performance costume
Grant Performing Runyege Dance
Sebastian Cleaning Bitone Compound
Bitone girls pose for a photo after a show
Steven and Grant Playing a Duet
The Trio: Mary, Jane-Rose, Angel