BY LOIS SHAW, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Phiona Mutesi is the young Ugandan woman whose story is told in the 2016 Disney film, The Queen of Katwe.
It was my honor to be invited by the Beautiful World Canada Foundation to an evening with Phiona and her coach, Robert Katende, in Toronto. Our table talk centered around a common passion: higher education for young women as a way out of debilitating poverty.
Phiona grew up in the slums of Uganda, and through a local sports program that served her a meal every time she attended, she learned to play chess and has since become one of Uganda’s top chess players and first ever woman Candidate Master.
Robert, an engineer by profession, left engineering to become a missionary to the slums from which he came. He uses chess as a tool to nurture, mentor and teach discipline to vulnerable youth living in the slums of Katwe, Kampala and Gulu in Northern Uganda. Robert and his wife Sarah have three daughters and a house full of young people who need a home and family.
Phiona’s story of hope is an inspiration to young girls worldwide.
And here’s the rest of the story. Beautiful World is partnering with Africa By Design Safaris and offering a life-changing trek along the Nile in early 2018.
“Miles on the Nile is an adventure to the heart of Africa with African young women at its heart. Each step of the trek will help raise funds so girls can receive an education that will change them and their world. Imagine trekking along the world’s longest river in the footsteps of Winston Churchill, coming upon wildlife in their natural habitat and ending each day with sundowners, conversations and sunsets beyond description. Beginning at the source of the Nile in Jinja, Uganda, and ending at Murchison Falls, this 10-day experience will change your life and some young woman’s life forever.”
You're invited to join us for this incredible adventure. (More info coming soon with everything you want to know!)
For the love of Africa,