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An interview with Michael

Michael Warneke (l), Founder of Fields of Dreams Uganda © Fields of Dreams Uganda
Fields of Dreams Uganda is an aid project that empowers vulnerable children through the means of soccer and education. We are happy about the opportunity to talk to Michael Warneke, who introduces the organization to you.

Dear Michael please introduce your organization to our readers in a few sentences.

Fields of Dreams Uganda is a small grassroot organization with the goal of doing international development the right way. We pride ourselves on a very long and intentional listening process to ensure the right needs are being met for our beneficiaries. Our Ugandan staff are the heart of our work, and their experience and cultural awareness allow us to operate in ways that respect the culture while creating lasting change.

How did the idea of your project come about, how did it develop?

I first traveled to Uganda in 2009 with another NGO from the US. I instantly fell in love with hospitable culture and the joy that abounds in this nation. Two things that had the greatest impact on me were the children's love of football and the big dreams they held for their future, regardless of their current circumstances.

On returning from that trip I gathered some like minded people and we began to dream about what could be accomplished. It was a slow journey as I took several more trips back to Uganda to meet the right people on the ground that could give insight and carry out our day to day work. We officially launched our work on June 16, 2012 with our first Football Championship Tournament in Mukono on the Day of the African Child.

What drives you every day, what are you passionate about?

More than anything our board and our staff simply want to see the children of Uganda living up to their fullest potential. We want to remove as many obstacles as we possibly can so these boys and girls can grow into confident men and women that are using their gifts, passions and abilities to make a positive impact on their communities. Not every story ends with success, but knowing that every interaction we get to have with these young students and players, lets them know that they were created for a purpose, keeps us striving forward.

If you had to name in 3 to 4 key words, in which areas you change the world for the better, what would these three words be?

Hope, empowerment and a chance at a bright future.

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

It is amazing just how far we are able to stretch your donations in Uganda. We can build a classroom block for $25,000. We can keep a primary child in school each year for less than $100. Your donations will be put to incredible use creating lasting change for generations to come.

 

Thank you for these exciting insights. We are happy that we can support you together with the staff! If you want to know more, you can find detailed information here on the website of Fields of Dreams Uganda.