Promoting the welfare of disadvantaged/vulnerable children and their families!
History and organizational facts
The Elgon Youth Brass Band was founded in 2009 and registered in Mbale, Eastern Uganda as a non-profit organization (community based organization) with the aim of reviving the hopes of disadvantaged children by creating opportunities for them to be skilled, self-sufficient and productive.
Employees: 7 full-time
Mission, activities and impact
The mission of the Elgon Youth Brass Band is to revive the hopes of disadvantaged children in the Mbale district of Uganda by creating opportunities for them to be skilled, self-sufficient and productive. Asa result of the appalling poverty situation, which particularly afflicts youth and children, the district has seen a rise in crime rates, street children, early pregnancies and early marriages. To address this situation, the Elgon Brass Band was established to provide vulnerable and disadvantaged children and youth with easy access to skills in Music, Dance, Drama, Tailoring, Hair dressing and Catering because they are easy to learn as well as easy to use in earning a living and thus have a long-term effect on their wellfare.
Activities of the organization include:
Outreach through music, mobilization, counselling and rehabilitation
Setting up apprenticeship programmes in music, tailoring, hairdressing, etc.
Re-union of ex-street children with their families
Health Awareness Programmes
The impact of these activities has been that many street-children have been re-united with their families and taken back to school. Some youths have been able to get jobs through the skills acquired through EYBB and therefore to address poverty among their families and their community at large.
Funding and impact measurement
Elgon Youth Brass Band is funded by donors like Musequality UK (www.musequality.org), with income of 60% coming from sponsors and 40% generated through sustainable activities in the organization.
The Board and management of Elgon Youth Brass Band has strong, competent, committed members of high integrity who monitor and evaluate the progress of each and every activity. Systems such as beneficiary follow-ups and organised chain of command with limited bureaucracy have been established to see to it that programmatic activities run as planned.
Well-formulated monitoring tools such as reporting forms and poverty assessment tools are in place for quality assurance and keeping track of activities.