Kids in a dance rehearsal July 24, 2010
Thank you and updates:
On behalf of Bitone Children and Staff, I wish to thank all of you who have supported our project. As a non-profit organization, we cannot overemphasize the essential role that you play in ensuring our future success and sustainability. Please continue and consider increasing your support of our on-going efforts!
Although the measurable impact was intended for the 11 boys and 13 girls currently at the Bitone center, there is no doubt that the project has and will continue to benefit and enrich many others in the Lugoba village (location of the center), the surrounding community and Uganda as a whole. Bitone staff and many volunteers have experienced many occasions at the center when neighbors and people of the village support the efforts being made at the center. On site rehearsals draw neighborhood children who watch and support the Troupe. Below are some of the updates from Bitone Center.
Bitone will be launching a New Website in the coming month. This highly improved site will feature all the Bitone programs and will offer a forum for learning more about our children’s everyday lives and the on-going efforts for Bitone. On the same site, you will learn more about the incredible staff and volunteers who have consistently supported the Bitone mission. The site will also present various ways on how to get involved in the entire Bitone Program. Our domain name will remain as: www.bitonechildren.org
July 10th, 2010: Bitone Troupe performed on a classic wedding at Serena Hotel. The children’s excellent dance and exceptional musical skills irresistibly enthralled the audience from start to the end. A Californian audio engineer and Bitone supporter, Grant Buhr witnessed the marvelous show. Children were smartly clad in some of the costumes resources you generously donated several months ago.
July 17th, 2010: The children performed on an introduction ceremony in Nsooba community village. This was yet another opportunity for the children to show case their newly launched dance and music repertoire. Dances performed included; Ekitaguriro from Ankole (Western Uganda), Otwenge from Northern Uganda and Bakisimba from Central Uganda. The show which lasted for about 5 hours moved the audience and brought more joy in the lives of the children and the community members.
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
We are pleased to inform you that our daughter Elizabeth Nantongo who finished high school last year has been admitted at Makerere University, Kampala to pursue a degree in Community Psychology. We thank you all for your prayers and support. Elizabeth is the second Bitone member to reach University level after Deborah Nabatanzi who is now in her second year at Kampala International University, doing a degree in Human Resource Management. Congratulations Elizabeth and everyone! You made us proud.
Whereas Elizabeth’ news comes with high excitement, it also presents some challenges. We are therefore still counting on your support to allow our children stay in school to achieve academic success desired as our mission always stands for.
“I could never believe that one day I would be enrolled in a University. I wish to thank everyone for facilitating this achievement. I am also thankful to my fellow children at Bitone Center for the great love and encouragement they have shown me since I turned a high school candidate. Thank you my brothers and sisters. My dream after school is to stop community evils particularly rape and defilement of young girls. Girls need empowerment to contribute successfully to the community and I am sure, with education, I can do it” said Elizabeth Nantongo.
In more related news, this year, two Bitone children hope to sit for their senior four (Ordinary Level) national exams. Gloria and Rosco are expected to sit for the final exams in October 2010 at Kawempe Royal College. We wish them success!
In similar news, our primary candidates Godfrey, Steven, Joan and Sylvia are also preparing for their primary leaving examinations scheduled for November this year. We also wish them good luck in their academic endeavors. We invite you to continue support these young ones in any way possible to help them ensure academic security.
In Uganda, education costs continually present a big challenge yet Africa's future depends on the education of its children. Due to conditions of poverty coupled with high rate of employment, education is out of reach for most children. We are committed to providing quality education for our current capacity of 24 children. With your help, we can make a powerful investment into Uganda’s future and elsewhere in the world.
If you would like to sponsor a child for a year (or part of the year), or provide any other forms of education assistance, please consider making a donation. Below is the break-down of the current education costs.
Primary School (13 students): $150 per term or $450 per year:
Secondary School (9 students): $170 per term or $510 per year:
University Level (2 students): $400 per term or $800 per year:
Alternatively, you may choose to support some of our current Strategic Plans and Needs for this year as below. We welcome any advice and partnerships to enable us secure these resources for the benefit of the disadvantaged children, Uganda and elsewhere in the world.
1.Solar Cookers: In an attempt to reduce the costs spent on charcoal, Bitone seeks to obtain 3 solar cookers for cooking purposes. Every month, Bitone spends about $115.00 on charcoal purchases. Acquiring solar cookers will also help address the global environmental issues such as global warming and respiratory healthy complications which are caused by deforestation and environmental pollution.
2.Solar Powered Refrigerators: Will help keep perishable foods longer. They will also assist in keeping water safe and clean for the children to prevent water-borne diseases resulting from lack of proper storage.
3.Bitone Gardening: Bitone seeks to improve the nutrition intake per child by renting land and grow vegetables and short seasonal fruits. Currently, due to high food prices, the kids are fed primarily maize flour, rice and beans which are also costly.
4.Sound Equipment for Bitone Performances: We seek to obtain our own sound equipment so revenue received from Bitone Troupe performances is not absorbed by costly equipment rental. These include;
a. Amplifiers (02) –professional 4,000 Watts
b. Mixers (02) –Minimum 12 output channel
c. Microphones (15) –divided into cordless, clipped and cabled
d. Microphone stands: Minimum (10)
e. Speakers: Tops (4) and Basses (2)–full range (1,000 Watts)
f. Stage lights: Portable (1 full set)
g. Step down/Converter/Power stabilizer: 240 Voltage (2)
h. Speaker-ons, wires and cross-over for speakers (several)
i. Power generator (1)
5.Performance Tours Program: Bitone could become self sustaining through performance tours and workshops. So far, Bitone Troupe has won national and international recognition for their performance excellence. We believe that performance tours will help Bitone Center generate more revenue and at the same time develop more partnerships. Bitone seeks resources to develop international performance tours in the U.S., Europe and other countries to further foster international exchange and development.
6.Studio/ Computer Resource: With the current music skills and repertoire built by Bitone kids, we are seeking resources to open up a music recording studio for children’s technological resourcefulness. The studio will also be used as a resource for revenue by attracting local and international musicians who may wish to make recordings. The Computer resource will provide opportunities for the kids to learn basic computer applications, facilitate literacy and education research.
7.Indoor and Outdoor games: During leisure time, kids need to engage in such games for health purposes, and to boost the socialization aspect on which Bitone is built. So, we seek to acquire various children’s and youth games that are appropriate to the cause.
If you have any inquiries, please write to our Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
Grant sharing guitar skills to Steven
Deborah supervising the center
Hassan Kayemba, Co-founder performs