Mpigi Soccer Field Project
Team Member: Will Pretto
Vivek Ramakrishnan wrote -
Who We Are and What We're Doing
We are Vivek Ramakrishnan and Ben Makansi, students at Columbia University and soccer afficionados. Additionally, Noah Schoen and Will Pretto will be serving on the project's fundraising team. We are working with the Abato Foundation of Mpigi, Uganda to build a sustainable community soccer field in Mpigi. With the help of a generous grant from the Columbia University chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon, we were able to purchase the land for the project and volunteers have started to clear it. Now, we are fundraising for the additional costs needed to complete the construction of the field.
Mpigi is a town of 40,000 people just outside the capital of Kampala. Despite the popularity of soccer in Mpigi, there are only two soccer fields in the area and one of them is scheduled to be converted into a commercial market. The shortage of soccer and recreational space has driven strong community support for a new field, and the project has been officially supported by the Mpigi Town Council and other local government offices. The field will be located adjacent to the Abato School in Mpigi, and will be managed by the Abato Foundation. In addition to soccer, the field will serve as a community recreational/gathering space and will be used for Abato's other programming, including health and education initiatives.
How Your Donation Will Actually Help
$15 covers the cost of 10 liters of heavy-duty engine oil and fuel for the machinery that levels the field
$50 covers the cost of one layer of mulch over the field
$200 covers the cost of both goal frames and nets
$500 covers the cost of clearing and grading half of the field
In the summer of 2011, Vivek visited Uganda and forged a close relationship with Moses Kalanzi, Founder and CEO of the Abato Foundation, a non-profit based in Mpigi, Uganda. Since 2012, Pass It On Soccer and the Abato Foundation have been co-hosting the annual Pass It On Soccer Cup in Uganda. Abato has a stong reputation in Uganda as an efficient and efficient non-profit organization. It runs both a pre-school and an elementary school in Mpigi, as well as a soccer program and tailoring classes in Mpigi. Beyond overseeing the day-to-day management of the field, Abato has committed substantial financial support to the ongoing maintenance of the field.