|Watoto Wasoka – Football made in Slums – was founded in 2009. Watoto Wasoka is a local NGO based in the heart of Kampala’s largest slum Bakuli. We are a non-profit, community – led youth development organization which uses the vibrant passion for football as a vehicle for positive social change in the life of slum and street children.
Our Mission is to create purposeful opportunities for play in a safe environment. We aim is to change lives of slum children in Uganda through football – one game at a time.
As one our main support concepts, we facilitate access to primary and secondary education for slum and street kids. Through our close ties with the local slum football scene and public and private schools, we have a unique network which has enabled more than 400 kids to attend school which they would otherwise not have. We also run two of Uganda’s most exciting football events for disadvantaged youths: the annual Christmas Camp and Slums Derby, whose last editions were attended by 1,800 and 600 kids from all across Uganda respectively.
Besides football, we offer health education (WASH / HIV/AIDS), vocational training (ICT), school / homework support and a place to call home and go to either during school holidays or when times are too rough. We also organize regular workshops with external partners on relevant topics such as drug abuse for our kids
Our objective is to change lives of slum children in Uganda through football – one game at a time
To change the life of slum children through promoting their love for football.
To create meaningful play in a safe environment
- Slums Derby; started in 2013 with 20 teams, now has 50 slum teams (2016). Takes place last weekend of May. Saturday for screening of players and preliminaries, Sunday is knock-outs, and girls. Hosted by different slum around Kampala every other year.
- Christmas Camp; Started in 2011 in Bombo with 20 teams, now has 108 teams (2015/16), one week long; 28th December to 3rd January.
- Primary Schools League; started in 2016 with eight schools, takes place March to August, played on the UEFA Champions League format
- K.S. Sparta 09; established in 2002 as The Reds Football Academy, later rebranding to K.S. Sparta 09 in 2009, started league football in 2012 in the KCDFA second division, and later being promoted to first division in its maiden season. Today, K.S. Sparta 09, under the patronage of Watoto Wasoka, is a fully-fledged football club with a senior team (in the KCDFA fourth division league) and a girls’ team plus an array of age category teams in its academy from U-10 to U-17s; offers opportunities for professional football training and tournaments