Acrobatics Circus Troupe (ACT) is a community-based organization located in Katwe, the largest slum in Kampala, Uganda. We use acrobatics to empower the children in Katwe and to keep them away from drugs, alcohol, and violence. We have a small training ground that serves as a safe space for many of our children, a place they can go after school or over the weekends - where they know they will be welcomed and supported. We currently assist over 150 children in the community, providing them with clothing, food, and school supplies. Since our founding, we have developed numerous talented athletes who have traveled throughout Uganda and globally, including members of our senior team who spent the summer performing in China.
Katwe is located in the Makindye division of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. In 1962, when Uganda gained its independence from Britain, the area was known as a center of African innovation, where craftsmen would repair and improve imported electronics and appliances.
However, while Katwe is home to many talented artisans and metal workers, it has also attracted many young women and men with little education who often turn to crime as a way to survive. Katwe has one of the highest crime rates in Kampala, which is believed to be a result of the high unemployment rate and rampant drug use. Katwe is also home to many single mothers who do not always have the money or resources to send their children to school.
PARTNERING WITH ZURCAROH
This past October, we had the pleasure of hosting Peterson Horah Cruz, the founder of Zurcaroh. He trained our teams for two days and we had the opportunity to welcome him to Uganda. It was amazing for the children to be able to meet and learn from someone who they idolize. We look forward to continuing to work with Zurcaroh in the future and are so grateful for all they've already done for us.