The Inspiration Compilation features individuals who activate positive change and inspire us. These are our allies and people whom we admire. We have chosen to highlight their stories and the work that they do because not only is the work impressive, but their devotion to it as well. It is this perseverance that is special to these individuals who recognize their power and human potential, and use it for good.
In great appreciation, here we will share their stories and illustrate their accomplishments and hurdles in the work that they do.
COMING SOON: interview with Robert Katende
A social entrepreneur and humanitarian from Uganda with a one-of-a-kind strategy for helping fight poverty in the Slums. In 2002, he founded the SOM Chess Academy in Uganda’s capital of Kampala with the intention of fostering leadership and life skills through mastery of the game among the youth of ghetto community, many of whom live below the poverty. In addition to teaching chess, SOM enrolls its students in school either by direct sponsorship or by getting them school placements and gives them the resources they need to continue their education. Many SOM Chess Academy participants have gone on to college and attained successful careers, and several have represented Uganda in international chess competitions. It was on one of these students that the 2016 Disney movie Queen of Katwe was based. Katende has expanded SOM Chess Academy's Philosophy to seven other locations across East Africa, as well in other continents like South America and North America. He still helps coach individual students at chess. He spoke with Nosapo in January, 2019 about his life and work.