The Elgon Ngoma troupe is a project located in Mbale, eastern Uganda. Run by Rotarian Julius Wolimbwa, the project houses children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Running costs of housing, feeding and educating the 30 children who are supported by Elgon Ngoma Troupe are raised through the troupe performances. However not all costs can be covered this way. We would like to fundraise to establish a sustainable source of income through the development of a piggery.
Land has already been donated. Money raised will go towards the building and stocking of the piggery. 20 pigs will hopefully be housed here for breeding and meat production.
Once the piggery is established income will be used for daily costs and one day to hopefully build the Children a permanent home to eliminate rent costs.
About Elgon Ngoma Troupe
Mission: Through professional training and execution of African folk traditions in the form of music, dance, and drama, Elgon Ngoma Troupe seeks to elevate marginalized and disadvantaged youths by giving them opportunities for education, life skills, and a bright future.
Housing and Living Component: Children under the age of 18 are provided accommodation at the music center. Youth above the age of 18 have been given the necessary skills needed to secure their own housing, while still being given support by the project. Health needs are provided. This includes doctor visits and medication. The center is run in the style of a family. Food is provided as children learn the skills of preparing and serving. Children learn appropriate socialization and sharing experiences. Children are provided essential materials like hygiene items, bedding, clothing, and mosquito nets.
Educational Component: The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity to attend school at a primary, secondary, or university level to 26 children per year. School fees are provided to children, who perform with the troupe, to include scholastic materials needed for each level or class. Members attend various schools around Mbale.
Training component: Children and youth are trained in the traditional music components of singing, dancing, and instruments. In exchange for the meeting of daily needs, daily training is required of all members. During the school time practice is held for one hour in the evening. Training is intensified during school holidays with increased hours and external trainers being brought in to teach new skills. Members engage in an average of three performances each month to various audiences and in a range of venues