Uganda Taekwondo Federation (UTF) have continued engagement in humanitarian activities in the country; targeting both urban and rural refugees, as well as the unprivileged society members in the society. The movement dubbed ‘Empowerment Program’ has been around for long but UTF is making it more formal as they try to bring on board partners.
Rwamwanja Refugee settlement in Kamwenge District has been the biggest rural beneficiary of the movement. At the camp, willing residents are taught taekwondo defensive skills to defend themselves in case of any physical assault as UTF also conducts other related humanitarian activities. Recently, UTF General Secretary Badru Ntulage invited Ahmed, a 31-year old Congolese refugee to the Taekwondo centre in Kisugu for a refresher course. He was taught taekwondo defensive skills, English language, basic computer skills, communication skills, public speaking and self expression. Ntulage says that the movement can be used to spread the spirit of the game in the refugee settlement camps. “Taekwondo knows no boundaries and we are ready to take the game beyond the ordinary,’’ he noted. UTF also has a special women’s movement dubbed ‘Women Empowerment Program’ which focuses on protecting the girl child and women against wrong elements in society. Women from different neighborhoods in Kampala and refugee settlement camps have also benefited from it. UTF also has related programs like rehabilitation, boys’ empowerment, guidance and counseling; computer training, tailoring and they also take part in other sports disciplines like boxing, judo, football among others.
The federation is also soon storming the Karamoja region for the same cause despite facing huge financial challenges. The federation’s 2019 activity calendar is already out but the source of money to facilitate these activities remains mysterious.