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Project information

The Children of Kampiringisa

Kampiringisa is Uganda’s only juvenile rehabilitation facility, housing vulnerable street children alongside youth “at conflict with the law”. Brass for Africa provides music education, life skills training and psychosocial support to more than 200 children and young people every week.

January 2018 - January 2021

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  • Need


    When children arrive at Kampiringisa they have lost trust, they have lost love. There is an urgent need to try and rehabilitate these children and lead an effort to engage them back into society. The living conditions are poor and make life extremely difficult for these children. It is the government’s responsibility to care for and protect these children, and they have given their full support for Brass for Africa to assist in improving the quality of life within the Centre.


    Music requires discipline, dedication and concentration. It is now one of the main tools the social workers at Kampiringisa use to rehabilitate these children and youth."We are developing trust by playing in the band together. They have all come through extremely difficult situations, but music is helping them to control their emotions, build their social skills and self-confidence. When they are playing an instrument it gives them a new sense of life and identity." Edward King, Social Worker

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    80 Children will develop skills in music, helping them to gain self belief and confidence


    » Two weekly brass band sessions led by 2 trained teachers, who themselves have come through the Brass for Africa Music Programmes.

    What success will look like

    Monitoring forms on music development are completed after every session by teaching staff. Self confidence is demonstrated through regular community & public performances.

    Aim 2

    More than 200 Children will be more aware of their rights and obligations as citizens of Uganda.


    » Each band receives life skills sessions, our teachers also receive basic awareness training in psychosocial care and children’s rights.

    What success will look like

    This will be demonstrated through regular open discussions, alongside monthly questionnaires. Success will be based on children’s knowledge and awareness of their rights.

    Aim 3

    A positive change in public perception and attitude to children detained at Kampiringisa.


    » Each band participates in three community performances a year, providing a goal to work towards, raising aspirations and changing public perception.

    What success will look like

    An integral part of our M&E is working with focus groups in the community to access perception of children at Kampiringisa.

    Aim 4

    Children will gain skills in team work, leadership, problem solving, concentration & communication.


    » To measure and evaluate our impact we have identified key attributes associated with learning music, and a bespoke M&E system has been implemented.

    What success will look like

    The development of any brass band is based on the these core skills. Alongside this we encourage children to organise events, rehearsals and to take on additional responsibilities

    Aim 5

    Greater public and international awareness of the plight of children detained at Kampiringisa.


    » The Christmas Challenge will provide Brass for Africa with a platform to talk about this project, giving a voice to the children of Kampiringisa!

    What success will look like

    This campaign is a unique opportunity to raise the profile of the children at Kampiringisa. Success will be demonstrated by achieving the fundraising goals of this campaign.

  • Impact


    The opportunity to learn and play music has the most profound, empowering and life-affirming effect, particularly on the vulnerable children we support at Kampiringisa.

    The many and varied benefits of learning an instrument and playing together are widely researched and published. In addition to these attributes Brass for Africa will also be looking for a correlation in improved education attainment and attendance at schools and education establishments the children on the programme attend.


    All programmes at Kampiringisa need to be approved by The Ministry of Gender. It is the government’s responsibility to care for and protect these children, but they have given full support and permission for Brass for Africa to assist in improving the quality of life within the Centre.

    We have been working with the Minsitry of Gender for the last 3 years, and our impact at Kampiringisa can be measured by the fact that we have been granted permission to continue with a new 3 year project.


    Donors will have the opportunity to receive a monthly newsletter. We will also be able to engage with Donors on social media, where regular engaging content will be produced around the development of the project. An annual report will be sent to Donors, including outcomes and success stories.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £27,059

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,640 Transport Teachers transport to/from Kampala - Kampiringisa
      £5,278 Teacher salaries 3x Teachers, conducting 2x weekly music sessions
      £2,250 Concerts, sports and games Quarterly concerts, community performances and regular recreational activities
      £1,350 Instruments Instrument servicing and maintenance
      £1,500 Project Visit 1x annual UK Director visit
      £1,836 Stationary & Uniform 80 Band Uniforms + annual renewal (T shirts) and Stickers, posters, flyers
      £3,780 M&E, Communications and Admin Monitoring & evaluation (Quarterly), Communications (Social media/annual report) + UK admin support
      £2,425 Psychosocial & Life Skills Monthly Life skills training and Psychosocial support (Attitude and behavioural change)
  • Background


    50% of the population of Uganda is aged 14 or below. It is one of the poorest countries in the world, over 1/3 of its population is living below the international poverty line.

    The UN estimates there are 7 million orphans in Uganda. More than half of Uganda’s children live in vulnerable situations: they are orphans; they are homeless and living on the street; they are child labourers; they are girls who are mothers before they’ve had a chance to grow up.


    Brass for Africa will be delivering an innovative music education project to improve the lives and future prospects of children who are detained at Kampiringisa National Rehabilitation Centre. Kampiringisa is Uganda’s only juvenile rehabilitation & detention centre for children aged 12-18.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Brass for Africa has more than 6 years experience working alongside key local organisations to provide regular music education and performance opportunities to more than 800 disadvantaged children and young people in orphanages, schools, rehabilitation centres and communities in Uganda every week. Led by Director of Music, Dr Taylor Hughey, our model for music education and life skills is highly scalable, and through brass music we have been able to support so many life changing opportunities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rebecca Richards

    As Country Manager, Rebecca is responsible for the overall delivery of the programme and will act a liaison to the Ministry of Gender.

    Julius Namugera

    Julius is a senior teacher for the Kampiringisa project, and will be responsible for the delivery of a twice-weekly music education programme.

    David Bateganya

    David is Head of Life Skills, and responsible for the delivery of twice-weekly life skills training and psychosocial support and counselling.


£60 would provide a child at Kampiringisa with weekly music education and life skills for one year.