From the Streets to the Chessboard: Building a Brighter Future in Katanga

In the heart of Katanga, a vibrant yet under-resourced community, I embarked on a journey to build more than just a chess academy – I aimed to build a space of opportunity and empowerment. This journey wouldn’t have been possible without the unwavering dedication of a remarkable team and the infectious enthusiasm of the children we serve.


Building a Team, Building a Dream:

The cornerstone of our academy is our stable team of chess coaches. We are fortunate to have a group of 8 individuals, a blend of 3 core members and 5 dedicated volunteers, who share a passion for the game and a commitment to the youth of Katanga. They are not just instructors; they are mentors, confidantes, and role models, fostering a positive and supportive environment for the children to learn and grow.

A Spark of Enthusiasm:

The energy in our academy is truly palpable. The children exude an eagerness to learn and a genuine love for the game. Witnessing their focused expressions as they strategize their next move and the joyful camaraderie they share with their coaches is truly heartwarming. It’s a testament to the incredible bond that has formed between our coaches and the children, a bond built on mutual respect, encouragement, and a shared passion for the game.

More Than Just a Game:

Our academy extends far beyond the confines of the chessboard. We strive to provide a safe haven, a space where children can develop critical thinking skills, build self-confidence, and discover the joy of learning. The game becomes a tool, empowering them to make strategic decisions, think creatively, and persevere in the face of challenges.

A Testament to Teamwork:

The success of our academy is a testament to the unwavering dedication of our team. The coaches, volunteers, and myself are united in our mission to empower the youth of Katanga through the game of chess. We are incredibly grateful for the support we have received from the community and remain dedicated to making a positive impact, one move at a time.

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