Butterfly Project and Gamechangers Uganda

is creating Young Social Entrepreneurs in Uganda

3

patrons

$54

per month
Hello - my name is Ben Parkinson and for the last ten years, I have been training young people in Uganda to be social entrepreneurs.  It started in 2007 when I visited Nigeria and discovered a young man of 14 years, who was ready to create change in his village.  He could neither read nor write, yet had the capability to lead and envision change but had no idea how to make change happen.  The Butterfly Project was created to serve these capable young people, who want to be changemakers.

I started the Butterfly Project in Uganda in 2009, by finding and choosing youth with similar visionary abilities, aged from 12 - 18 years, and living in some of the poorest parts of the country, such as the Acholi Quarter (a slum area in Kampala) and in rural villages. Since then, many small changemaking projects have been started by the youth themselves on a variety of different topics, as part of their Butterfly training programme. These include boardgames events, athletics training and events, football for slum children, drama, music and dance, girls' empowerment, art, climate change awareness, reading groups, teaching computer skills and much more. Each were ideas started by initiatives displayed by the Ugandan teenagers chosen for the project. Together with a Ugandan staff team, I have supported them to develop their ideas to reality.

Many of these projects continue to expand and develop. I have been doing this work on a voluntary basis for 10 years' now and I believe that Patreon can help with the development of the Butterfly Project, by supporting me to continue this work. Here are some of the ideas, which have developed into something very significant

:

The Butterfly Project - we now have five separate cohorts for this project and over 50 young social entrepreneurs trained or in training. Our first group of seven Pioneer Members are in their twenties now and most have already travelled around the world; some of them are helping in the training of the latest recruits. We are ready to build a new school in the rural north and establish a sixth cohort of young changemakers. Butterfly trainees are supported through secondary school and have regular training, including many practical sessions, involving international citizenship, ethics, ICT, leadership, project management and social enterpreneurship. Find out more about the work at the CYEN charity website


The Uganda Village Boardgame Convention - this has now run for three years and we expect it to continue for many years into the future.  Hundreds of village children have now been inspired to learn board games and have their own village clubs that meet regularly to play.  Next year we want to increase the numbers and improve the gaming environment further..


Kampala Kids Olympics - first started in 2016, this event is meant to inspire children from all over Uganda to train hard and compete with their counterparts at a professional athletics tournament.  Our 2019 event is at Crowdfunder stage and needs your support to make it happen.  We have many teams ready to take part to expand the event in the years to come.


Gamechangers Uganda - a project which has a number of specific objectives:
a) To develop an interest for village-based children in the world through playing boardgames in a regular local games club
b) To set up a games design hub, where children can develop skills in board game design and publish their own games
c) To improve and develop a variety of skills by playing games, such as planning, maths, language, social and memory.  Games can also develop the confidence of children, if they perform well.
d) To raise general awareness of board games in Uganda, so that a market for the games can develop
e) To give opportunities for rural children to play, when often their time outside school gives little room for them to express themselves and develop their talents outside farming.
Find out more about Gamechangers here


Mombasa provides an opportunity to discuss the exploitation of Africa, but is excellent at developing strategy skills and planning.

Omweso is an indigenous game, which was dying out and our work is helping to teach more children how to play and win.

Ingenious is a game that rewards thinking skills, but can help with mental maths and appeals because it is so colourful.

A marvellous gateway game that all can learn to play, Zicke Zacke Huhnerkacke appeals because of its subject matter, but also help to develop memory ability in the children playing it.

Patreon supporters will receive an insight into our project and will be able to have an opportunity to guide its development.  For instance:
- our young social entrepreneurs may need advice and mentoring about their own social projects or
- we may need some strategic guidance on which games we should acquire to spread to the village areas
- you will be able to interact with our boardgamer kids and encourage them to review games we have in our collection.
- you can feed back on some of their new boardgame ideas or help them with some design elements, if you have that ability
- for the athletics project, you can help guide their training schedules and have a window into the young athletes times as they improve from week to week.
Tiers
Readers
$5 or more per month

Readers will have early access to our posts and discussions.

Changemaker
$20 or more per month

Changemakers will have opportunities to input ideas for projects

Social entrepreneur
$50 or more per month

Social entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to Skype and interact with our trainees

Goals
$54 of $250 per month
When I reach $250/month, I'll produce a monthly video showcasing one of the projects being developed by our young social entrepreneurs
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Hello - my name is Ben Parkinson and for the last ten years, I have been training young people in Uganda to be social entrepreneurs.  It started in 2007 when I visited Nigeria and discovered a young man of 14 years, who was ready to create change in his village.  He could neither read nor write, yet had the capability to lead and envision change but had no idea how to make change happen.  The Butterfly Project was created to serve these capable young people, who want to be changemakers.

I started the Butterfly Project in Uganda in 2009, by finding and choosing youth with similar visionary abilities, aged from 12 - 18 years, and living in some of the poorest parts of the country, such as the Acholi Quarter (a slum area in Kampala) and in rural villages. Since then, many small changemaking projects have been started by the youth themselves on a variety of different topics, as part of their Butterfly training programme. These include boardgames events, athletics training and events, football for slum children, drama, music and dance, girls' empowerment, art, climate change awareness, reading groups, teaching computer skills and much more. Each were ideas started by initiatives displayed by the Ugandan teenagers chosen for the project. Together with a Ugandan staff team, I have supported them to develop their ideas to reality.

Many of these projects continue to expand and develop. I have been doing this work on a voluntary basis for 10 years' now and I believe that Patreon can help with the development of the Butterfly Project, by supporting me to continue this work. Here are some of the ideas, which have developed into something very significant

:

The Butterfly Project - we now have five separate cohorts for this project and over 50 young social entrepreneurs trained or in training. Our first group of seven Pioneer Members are in their twenties now and most have already travelled around the world; some of them are helping in the training of the latest recruits. We are ready to build a new school in the rural north and establish a sixth cohort of young changemakers. Butterfly trainees are supported through secondary school and have regular training, including many practical sessions, involving international citizenship, ethics, ICT, leadership, project management and social enterpreneurship. Find out more about the work at the CYEN charity website


The Uganda Village Boardgame Convention - this has now run for three years and we expect it to continue for many years into the future.  Hundreds of village children have now been inspired to learn board games and have their own village clubs that meet regularly to play.  Next year we want to increase the numbers and improve the gaming environment further..


Kampala Kids Olympics - first started in 2016, this event is meant to inspire children from all over Uganda to train hard and compete with their counterparts at a professional athletics tournament.  Our 2019 event is at Crowdfunder stage and needs your support to make it happen.  We have many teams ready to take part to expand the event in the years to come.


Gamechangers Uganda - a project which has a number of specific objectives:
a) To develop an interest for village-based children in the world through playing boardgames in a regular local games club
b) To set up a games design hub, where children can develop skills in board game design and publish their own games
c) To improve and develop a variety of skills by playing games, such as planning, maths, language, social and memory.  Games can also develop the confidence of children, if they perform well.
d) To raise general awareness of board games in Uganda, so that a market for the games can develop
e) To give opportunities for rural children to play, when often their time outside school gives little room for them to express themselves and develop their talents outside farming.
Find out more about Gamechangers here


Mombasa provides an opportunity to discuss the exploitation of Africa, but is excellent at developing strategy skills and planning.

Omweso is an indigenous game, which was dying out and our work is helping to teach more children how to play and win.

Ingenious is a game that rewards thinking skills, but can help with mental maths and appeals because it is so colourful.

A marvellous gateway game that all can learn to play, Zicke Zacke Huhnerkacke appeals because of its subject matter, but also help to develop memory ability in the children playing it.

Patreon supporters will receive an insight into our project and will be able to have an opportunity to guide its development.  For instance:
- our young social entrepreneurs may need advice and mentoring about their own social projects or
- we may need some strategic guidance on which games we should acquire to spread to the village areas
- you will be able to interact with our boardgamer kids and encourage them to review games we have in our collection.
- you can feed back on some of their new boardgame ideas or help them with some design elements, if you have that ability
- for the athletics project, you can help guide their training schedules and have a window into the young athletes times as they improve from week to week.

Recent posts by Butterfly Project and Gamechangers Uganda

Tiers
Readers
$5 or more per month

Readers will have early access to our posts and discussions.

Changemaker
$20 or more per month

Changemakers will have opportunities to input ideas for projects

Social entrepreneur
$50 or more per month

Social entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to Skype and interact with our trainees