Acrobatics Circus Troupe (ACT) was founded in 2019 to empower the children in Katwe and to keep them away from the violence, drugs and gang activity that are prevalent in their community. What started as a few people getting together to learn how to juggle has grown into a 501c3 nonprofit supporting over 350 children.
Through circus performance, we teach our athletes the importance of teamwork, trust, patience, and consistency. We provide all of ACT’s members with scholastic materials, porridge and clothing.
As our athletes reach adulthood, we look for ways to economically support them through coaching opportunities and circus shows. We have developed numerous talented athletes who have performed across Uganda and internationally.
ACT’s programs are free to participants, with financial support coming from our generous donors and partner organizations.
Kampala is a city with 1.5 million residents and within the heart of the city lies Katwe. This crowded, underserved community is home to around 700,000 people.
Across the Uganda, the median age is 16 years old and every year 700,000 of people reach working age. However, only 75,000 jobs are created which leads to a massive amount of economic stagnation and poverty.
Idle children often have nowhere to go after school or over the weekend which leads them more susceptible to negative influences.
ACT IN THE NEWS
This profile in New Vision looks at ACT's work through the eyes of Marion, a Junior Team member. According to Marion, joining ACT changed the trajectory of her life and inspired her to dream of a future outside of Katwe. To read the entire piece, click here.