“In adolescent girls, we aim at skills development and we train children at our training center known as CHUSA School of beauty, where we equip them with hairdressing skills. Also, children with disabilities are also trained in different income generating activities depending on their level of disabilities, which has helped over 20 Children with disabilities-CWDs to get skills and be helpful in their families,” Butimba explained. CHUSA is a Luganda word which means change.
Butimba, a former drug addict is transforming the lives of vulnerable people in
Kamwokya, a Kampala city suburb. Butimba is the Chief Executive Officer of Creative
Arts 256, a Community Based Organization based in Kisenyi 2 Kamwokya that helps
vulnerable people especially youth and children.
Butimba, he quit drugs and alcohol when he realized that they had started
affecting his health. Having grown up in Kamwokya a ghetto area, he realized
that many people were vulnerable and needed help. He says through his
organisation they target children, adolescent girls especially school drop outs
and single parents. Butimba says they are so much in development via different
sports for children like football and netball among others.
adolescent girls, we aim at skills development and we train children at our
training center known as CHUSA School of beauty, where we equip them with hairdressing skills. Also, children with disabilities are also trained in different
income generating activities depending on their level of disabilities, which
has helped over 20 Children with disabilities-CWDs to get skills and be helpful
in their families,” Butimba explained. CHUSA is a Luganda word which
Creative Arts 256 also helps single parents to access loans to start
business so as to support their families. At the beginning of 2020, with the help from the
Rotary club of Najjera, Butimba opened a community library in Kamwokya to help
children access reading materials during the lock-down.
The library attracts over 30 children each day. Butimba, who
was once a musician, says the CHUSA library shall birth a kindergarten to
render more learning services to children in the community.
//Cue: “Tulina emirimo mingi…
Cue…nadala my community yaffe”//
Asia Aseru, a teacher from Happy Honey academy, who helps children read books,
says that when she opens the library in the morning, parents start sending
children and this has helped them remain relevant in the community.
//Cue: “sometimes you can …
Cue…come and stay here”//
Sources of Income
Butimba told URN that Creative arts 256 gets money from well-wishers towards
Beneficiaries speak out
Rona Leticia Nabbosa, one of the beneficiaries of CHUSA beauty salon who
graduated on December 13th, 2020 appreciates the services by
creative arts 256, saying this is a blessing because many vulnerable girls got skills
and are able to earn a living. Nabbosa, who is a form two student of Luweero
Progressive School, says she desires to be a lawyer and the hairdressing
skills will help her to attain her dreams.
//Cue: “and I have been…
Cue…pencil, Swahili, twist”//
Rita Nantongo is a mother of two children who have benefited
from some of the projects at creative art 256. ‘’My children have learnt how to
read books, the youngest boy joined the library when he did not know how to
write, he can now read and write, this is a great contribution towards this
community” Nantongo said.
Peter Kirumira, who has spent two years in CHUSA football team, told URN that
he has benefited and is one of the good players on the team. He says if it was
not CHUSA, he would be a bad boy smoking Marijuana in the community. He is a
senior one student of Kololo high school.
//Cue: “Mukusooka ngasinayingila mu…
Cue…team makes bange abalala”//
On December 13th, 2020 over 25 students graduated after completing different
such as hairdressing, art crafts, soap making and sewing among others.