Fazil (Coach Cox) joined our staff in March 2020 as the Girls Football Coach in the Central Region. He brings with him an extensive background in coaching with 7 years of experience and a CAF C license. He is passionate about developing players for the future and has already helped place two FoDU beneficiaries on the U-17 Women’s National Team.
FoDU has encouraged vulnerable and orphaned students to stay in school which has helped reduce the rate of school dropouts. This has motivated the community to send their children to school. FoDU has also helped students recognize their goals and dreams.
Our soccer programming, including outings, training during holidays and trips have built self-confidence in the children and has allowed them to gain awareness of the outside world and other communities. I’ve also noticed that friendships among the children have developed between different partner schools.
Herbert has been driving our volunteer teams in Kampala for many years and became an official FoDU staff member when we purchased our own coaster bus in May of 2018. He drives our coaster bus and looks for outside hires as a source of sustainable income for our organization.
In working with Fields of Dreams Uganda, I have seen a newly found love of education for many of the children and a reduced dropout rate at our partner schools. I also enjoy how the children are able to interact with each other, their teachers and our FoDU staff without fear and isolation.
Children can be powerful changing agents in any society once well empowered, supported, and guided. Someone’s past doesn’t really count much once he or she is in position to focus on the future. With the right amount of patience and focus, anything is possible. Teamwork promotes unity, love, care and confidence which is what FoDU’s work centers on.
At Fields of Dreams Uganda, I’ve learned about passion, patience and adaptability. We all serve multiple roles – I’m not just an IT coordinator, sometimes I’m an uncle, a teacher, a parent or a coach, too. And it takes motivation and a passion to serve the children of Uganda.
Working in Uganda has taught me to slow down and listen to the true needs of the population that you are trying to serve. The intended change that we hope to see will only come to fruition if we are serving in the right way, at the right time, with the right group of children. Lastly, I have also learned that sometimes immense change simply occurs with a child, a soccer ball, and someone willing to believe that their life matters.
As Health Coordinator for Fields of Dreams Uganda, my role is to act as a liaison to our partner schools to help improve the sanitation and overall health of the children we serve. I am developing partnerships with other NGOs to provide health screenings and clinics at all our partner schools, and I also serve as the team doctor for our club team, Fields of Dreams Uganda FC, where I manage player injuries and guide them through the rehabilitation process.
The addition of FoDU-provided laptops into the schools in Gulu has been transformative. The technology has motivated both teachers and students, and we're seeing a real impact in the academics at our partner schools.
FoDU exam prep tutoring have improved the performance of schools. The youths’ talents are being tapped and noticed by other schools. FoDU activities (hygiene kits, medals, soccer uniforms, etc.) have motivated children to stay in school.