National boxer Nasser Bukenya opened a boxing academy in a bid to empower disadvantaged children through boxing.
Located in Zana, Nassers’ Junior Boxing Academy started in 2010 with only two boxer. Now with 30 youngsters aged 6-15, training days are a beehive of activity, despite minimal equipment in the makeshift gym. However, that may soon come to an
end after Bukenya partnered with Ernesto Sánchez, a former boxer in Mexico City.
Sánchez, a volunteer with the New Zealand based International Volunteers Head Quarters (IVHQ), came to learn of the academy while on a volunteering mission with Volunteers for Uganda (V4U) and is lobbying IVHQ for a $3000 (Shs7.7m) grant to fund it.
“This money will help us a lot. We need to change these kids’ mentality by teaching them that they can be meaningful individuals through boxing. Boxing teaches you to fight for everything in life, that is what we want to sow into their hearts,” says Sánchez.
The money will help buy the much-needed equipment and refurbish the gym for better training conditions. Sanchez has been training the kids for three weeks and has been wowed by their positive attitude.