Uganda Kuchus in Australia!

UPDATE:  Unfortunately, the swimmers this year were not able to get their visa applications approved in time to compete in Australia.  They send their best wishes to everyone swimming this week.  This campaign will remain open for the next few days in order to contact previous donors, but we are not accepting current donations.  Thanks so much to everyone for their support!


The Uganda Kuchus Aquatic Team (UKAT) was founded on 3rd March 2016 as a social advocacy initiative dedicated to the promotion of human rights through swimming for adult Ugandans regardless of age, race, gender, sex, disability, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. UKAT believes all Ugandans, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, “can use our potentials and talents to undo the acts of discrimination and violation of human rights”.  Athletic activities like swimming provide an important sense of camaraderie, as well as improve mental and physical health. UKAT believes that providing safe spaces for LGBTIQ athletes to improve their talents is an important component of improving the health of the overall LGBTIQ community in Uganda, as well as the health of individual members of that community.

UKAT firmly believes that social advocacy initiatives such as this one are an essential component of broader efforts to secure respect for the fundamental Human Rights of sexual and gender minorities in Uganda. While the team is targeted towards members of Uganda’s LGBTIQ community, it is inclusive of anyone who believes in UKAT’s values of diversity, equality, and inclusiveness.

In July 2019, UKAT was represented by four swimmers to the International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA) held in NewYork. The trip was funded through a combination of support from IGLA, individuals, friends and swim teams across the world. The UKAT swimmers performed well, winning 7 medals.

Feb 20th - 25th  2020
This Year UKAT would like to send 6 team members to the  International Gay and Lesbian Competitions in Melbourne, Australia

The UKAT team has been able to secure scholarship funds covering Visa fees and Health insurance  process and would really appreciate your support to help the team acquire more funds for meals, travel costs, and accommodation costs within Melbourne for the duration of their stay.

Any contribution to this fundraiser by donation or sharing with your networks will be highly appreciated by the team and the LGBTQI+ COMMUNITY in Uganda for whom this team has been a source of PRIDE.

Every donation, no matter how small gets the team closer to the competition.

A LUTA CONTINUA

Organizer

Nate Freeman
Organizer
Minneapolis, MN

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