Aliguma’s Annual Banda Slums Tourney Receives UNHCR Boost

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has for another year running boosted the 2020 Banda Slums Football Tournament.

The slums tournament, organised every year since 2017, is organised by Aliguma Foundation.

This, is held at the Acholi Quarters with some of the best players getting scholarships among other life necessities.

On Friday afternoon, the Foundation led by Rita Aliguma received playing equipment including 16 sets of full jerseys and 30 balls to be used by teams for the tournament at the UNCHR offices in Kololo.

UNHCR’s Joel Boutroue (left) and Rita Aliguma

“When I attended the tournament last year, I was impressed by not only the organisation but with the spirit and energy showed by the children,” said UNCHR Country Representative Joel Boutroue.

“I thought we should continue supporting them. I look forward to seeing videos of the tourney and I hope to be present in the final stage.

“We deal with refugees primarily, and this is a token of our solidarity.

“Thank you Aliguma for your commitment and good luck with the tourney and future endeavors. We hope to continue this cooperation.”

Aliguma has transformed livesof the under privileged. Aliguma Foundation photo

Rita Aliguma, the founder of the initiative, commended UNHCR for the timely support.

“I am very excited, thank you UNCHR for this continued support. We really appreciate you for the love you have given us,” Aliguma started.

“With this support, We believe the sky is the limit. We want to do more in impacting the lives of Ugandans through sport.”

Aliguma revealed that 26 teams have so far registered for the tourney that will kickoff at a later date at Acholi Quarters.

The Foundation was last month selected among the 55 projects that will be receiving funds from UEFA Foundation for Children.

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