Dumba uses Quidditch to empower community, promote child rights

Joram Wagaba of Esla Quidditch team looking for chances to score a goal. 

Heard of Quidditch, a fictional sport invented by author J.K. Rowling for her fantasy book series Harry Potter!

It may sound strange but a Ugandan activist is using the unique sport empower and support communities in and around Kampala.

‘’There are children living in various communities who are going without food, no clothing and they cannot also go school. Therefore, through this unique sport people who come to watch the game, especially when the children are playing, voluntarily contribute some money which is used to look after them,” Lawrence Dumba, the director Economic and Social Empowerment for Local communities (ESLA) said.

He revealed that currently, they have created four clubs of players based in Kampala to popularise the game.

He said, is optimistic that, after getting funds they will be able to spread the game to the upcountry regions.

‘’Our target is to help about 200-500 vulnerable children living in slum areas and upcountry places where poverty has hit so many families,’’ he said, with hope that it would attract more funders - both locally and outside Uganda- to support his cause and rights of children.

The fairly new sport in Uganda comprises two teams of seven players each, mounted on a broomstick, with hockey rink-sized pitch.

Reverend David Sepuuya of Bunamwaya church of Uganda handing over the prize to the winning team

At a game held over the weekend, Esla Quidditch club won with 90 points, against Bunamwaya Young. 

Ivan Kimuli was crowned the best beater, with his team Esla Quidditch winning the snitch.

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