What follows is an excerpt from the document Strategic Plan 2014–2016. The full Word document is available to download.
Many street children have undergone inhuman treatment, either by relatives, parents, or the environment in which they lived, forcing them to search for “better life” on the streets of Kampala, which is equally dangerous. Music Life Skills And Destitution Alleviation (M-LISADA) was formed in 1996 under the leadership of Segawa Bosco, one of these street children, who at that time was 12 years old, together with other young boys. Moved by the need of disadvantaged children, specifically children living on the street, the pioneers sought to restore dignity and self confidence through the teaching of life skills, music, and the arts, thereby improving the lives of vulnerable children, and their chances for the future.
From the beginning music is the heart and interest of the children for it soothed and comforted these disadvantaged children. Although the children were interested in music they learnt it informally using borrowed instruments. In the same year well wishers who included music teachers at St. Peters School, Nsambya, offered to mentor the children. Father Christopher, another supporter, donated the first musical instruments to the children.
In 1997, M-LISADA got the first opportunity of exposure to perform at Rainbow International School, and this marked the beginning of concerts. In 2009, an M-LISADA child made a public request to the audience during a concert to support his education. This yielded fruits and this act became the beginning of sponsorship.
From 2002 onwards, the organisation started attracting friends and partners both local and international. The local partners include MTN, KIBO Foundation, and Coca Cola among others. The international partners include Chellaston Academy, M-LISADA Africa Foundation USA, Brass For Africa, Latymer High School-England, and GoPhilanthropic. The organisation has both national and international friends; some of the board members have offered support to the children since the inception of M-LISADA.
The centre started in a one-roomed house, housing up to 40 street children at some point. With support from John Dickens of Chellaston Academy, M-LISADA acquired property to house its children. To date M-LISADA has rescued over 400 children from the streets of Uganda, giving them an opportunity to rebuild their lives through the following programs: Education, Health care, Economic empowerment, Rehabilitation among others. M-LISADA gives the children a model life. M-LISADA has rehabilitated children and reunited them to their families. The number of our children has continued to grow, both those who come from the street for basic support such as provision of meals, and those who are residents in the home. Today M-LISADA has at least 200 children in the centre at Ave Maria In Nsambya-Kampala Uganda and Community.
The process of developing the strategic plan was participatory and involved interactions with the Board of Directors; staff and children of M-LISADA; partners of M-LISADA such as representatives from Chellaston, Brass For Africa, M-LISADA Africa Foundation, Mummy Foundation, GoPhilanthropic, and Latymer High School among others. We received support from Arise Development Consultants Ltd. as an external facilitator. The entire process sought to respond to key questions such as:
- 1. Who is M-LISADA?
- 2. Where does M-LISADA want to go (or not go) and why?
- 3. What will M-LISADA do to get there?
- 4. How will we know we are there?
- 5. What will it cost to get there?
The process involved interaction with staff, then meeting with partners and beneficiaries, and concluded with a workshop that engaged board, founders and senior staff input on the core identity elements such as the vision, mission, and core values.