Best Projects 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category click HERE
Explain your project in details:
Ngoma Troupe uses music, dance and drama (MDD) to empower youths 15-27 to create lasting social change and transformation, and tackle the root causes of poverty in communities. Majority of these youth who have dropped out of school upon joining Ngoma Troupe get training on MDD and then perform in different platforms bringing out the social injustices in communities and how to solve them. These solutions are then easily put into practice by the communities. Revenue generated from these performances are used to support these youth go back to school. Our focus is to use MDD to empower communities. When a youth joins the Ngoma Troupe, they undergo a period of personal development and transformation. They are taught how to set visions, missions and support them to discover their talents and skills through unleashing their potentials and passions. The troupe also tackle moral behavior among the youth to reduce the spread of sexually transmitted diseases while promoting culture. What these youth learn, they transfer it to the communities through music dance and drama (MDD). The youth carry out community outreaches on conflict transformation in a way to ensure peace in homes through drama. Additionally demonstrating the spread of HIV/AIDS and its effect in the homes while involving the community members in the dramas to act according to the situation and experience observed in the homes for easy understanding of the message.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Ngoma Troupe has managed to spread the awareness about the dangers of dropouts in 12 sub-counties. Twenty three (23) youth have been recruited in ngoma troupe. The income generated by the youth through performances, ngoma troupe has used it to take twelve (12) youth back to secondary schools and the rest have joined vocational institution. Continuous Music, Dance and Drama performances have been carried out where revenue generated is to support the youth to sustain themselves and their families, project expansion and for school fees. Through the performances, we have been conducting awareness in line with conflict resolutions and peaceful coexistence at the individual, family and community levels. Every after six months we have been carrying out community outreaches making a follow up on examining the impact the drama created in educating communities to ensure total peace, unity and love which lead to development through collaboration. We have observed the impact through low fight cases reported at the local council one, reduced rate of divorces, child neglect has reduced and crime rates haves reduced by 40%. We have used music, dance and drama as a tool to fight the stigmatization and promote social inclusion of traumatized and HIV/AIDS affected people not to feel isolated and fit in the community. Some of these youth stopped school because of being laughed at, having no hope for future only remaining indoors in their families. Ngoma troupe conducted a sensitization in five schools where each school managed to take one youth from ngoma troupe, this made a total of five (5) HIV/AIDS affected youth back in school. People also now talk freely about HIV/AIDS.
Sustainability and future plans
Ngoma Troupe is raising funds from the performances like weddings, graduation parties, birthday parties, anniversaries and organizing cultural competitions. The revenue generated is divided where 20% is to sustain the members and their families, 25% for project expansion (buying music instruments, advertising the troupe, hiring expert trainers etc) and 55% is for school fees. The troupe hopes to begin recording music, dance and dramas on CDs for sell. The revenue generated shall support the entire troupe activities like radio and TV presentation, supporting community outreaches and sensitizations about HIV/AIDS in schools The troupe is planning to construct a theater where the music practices, seminars, and cultural galas shall be conducted. Additionally the theater shall be hired by interested parties to generate revenue for the troupe. Due to various ages and choices in education, the troupe is planning to construct a vocational intuition to equip the group members and the youth from the communities with skills to support them become self-employed. All people upon joining the vocational institution shall pay tuition fee to run both the institution and supporting the troupe. The institution shall not only offer education to the community member but also provide employment opportunities. We plan on recruiting more members into Ngoma troupe from other districts in Uganda with the target to promote culture and spread the model to all parts in Uganda. This model is to ensure education of the youth and fight poverty. Our primary aim is to raise awareness about the significance of talent, passion and skills that is disregarded in fighting poverty in their families, and keeping them at standards that consistently meet and serve contemporary and future needs.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
David Monday is a 31 years old, born on 28/04/1986. I am a bachelors degree holder of information Technology from Mbarara University of Science and Technology and proceeded to work with Visvar Investment limited as a surveillance officer. Passionate about youth education. I am an advocate of youth empowerment. I go round running youth unemployment awareness in communities largely through young activists to eradicate poverty and promote education through the use of their talents. I envisions at education for all. My primary aim, is to raise awareness about the dangers of illiteracy, not to preach: "It's not about imposing a certain belief system or a way of life on people in any economic background. It's about just being aware of this issue. The move to attend the fellowship at social innovation Academy (SINA) in 2014 was a perfect fit grooming me into a Life Coach. While at SINA, I came up with UPCYCLE AFRICA LIMITED project that construct houses out of plastic bottles aiming at creating employment opportunities for the youth. And in 2016, I formed a group called NGOMA TROUPE that is based at stopping School dropouts, Poverty, spread of HIV/AIDS and respond to health hazards through music dance and drama. I am a programmatic person who moves assertively from vision and strategy to premeditated deployment and implementation, someone who thrives on the opportunities to transform teams and exhibit a superior commitment to professional growth of the projects and teams. Dedicated to maintaining high quality standards within the targets, dynamic, easily adapt to new environments and interested in progressive learning. I am looking forward to facing complicated tasks to fulfill my passion.