After months of hearing amazing stories about this organisation, I finally get to visit M-LISADA, a children’s home in Kampala, which provides a home and an education to orphaned children, and helps to build their confidence and impart skills using music and the arts. They are particularly distinctive because of their brass band, acrobatics and indigenous dancing and drumming. We were visiting with the hope that we could facilitate a leadership workshop with their staff, which had the added benefit of introducing me to the activities, so that I could co-lead the programme in the future with young women in Uganda.
I had first seen the M-LISADA children perform on my birthday a few weeks earlier; young men and women using traditional dance and drumming to tell a story in the form of an exciting rhythmic performance. The type of performance that makes you jiggle in your seat uncontrollably, poorly copying the distinctive indigenous moves of the happy joyous children.
We were taken on a tour of the house and centre. The building had been newly renovated and it looked and felt amazing. The elements that stood out to me were the atmosphere of the compound, the children all looked so happy; it was lively whilst also peaceful and felt safe and supportive. The kids were very respectful, all greeting us in the traditional Buganda way, and were all smiling naturally. We were introduced to the staff that also emulated the joy of the children, especially Bosco, the founder of M-Lisada, who could not stop smiling and laughing whilst greeting and talking to us.
I was excited by the prospects offered to us. Bosco expressed a need and gratitude for the Empowered to Lead programme, in which my friend and new family member Maughan had designed, and also introduced us to some of the communities he works in and who would benefit from the programme, places where they have supported young people to be in positions of leadership and have a direct impact in their own communities.
Overall the experience was very rewarding, and I could see opportunity to grow with the leadership programme, supporting young leaders in different organisations and communities to feel stronger and more confidence in their mission, purpose, and work. Truly I am craving the chance to have more direct impact, impact that will give me the energy and drive to continue the important work that I do at the Dynasty, work that will support and help the Bavubuka movement continue to grow and be strong into the future.