Muhammed Kisirisa

  • Founder, Golden Boots Uganda
  • Uganda

Impact area: Sport for development; Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3

Muhammed "Mo" Kisirisa, a former amateur soccer player, founded Golden Boots Uganda in 2019. The organization empowers young people to build resilience, secure their future through sport, and become change agents in their communities.

“Our Sport 4 Youth Mental Wellbeing and Covid19 Recovery project (SMATS) will address the current mental health status of 500 young people between the ages (12-26) years living in the low-income areas of Kampala capital," Mo explains, "including adolescent girls, youth with disabilities, and refugees. During the pandemic, physical inactivity and decreased access to organised sport in Uganda and world over has been recognised as a growing public health concern. The SMATS project will restart and boost the use of sport and physical activities by providing access to community soccer, basketball, boxing and Zumba to promote mental health parity among young people in low-income areas of Kabalagala and Bwaise in Kampala, as we emerge from the pandemic. The project shall also sustain a focus on mental health which will contribute to a more resilient recovery and develop more equitable societies."

The Global Youth Resiliency Fund will help Mo and team to achieve the following results:

  • Enhanced lifelong health and success for 500 youth and children through 160 sport and physical activity sessions.
  • 500 young people empowered to overcome negative psychological effects associated with stressors such as Covid-19 lockdowns, self-isolation and quarantines, infection fears, inadequate information, job and financial losses, and stigma and discrimination.
  • Improved productivity and competitiveness at work and in schools, a positive impact on healthy development, well-being which is the is exact type of human capital needed for Uganda to recover from covid19.
  • Increased access to peer to peer counselling and mental health youth friendly care services through referrals by experts and the 20 trained peer educators at community level.
  • Over 1000 youth reached through social media and print and press media.

Learn more about Golden Boots Uganda here