Namugongo - Kira Town, Kampala Uganda

DON BOSCO - Children And Life Mission - CALM


Namugongo - Kira Town

Kampala - Uganda


Namugongo - Kira Town

Kampala Uganda

Our Values

Faciliticies at Don Bosco Calm.
Don Bosco Calm   is very industrious but it has a major duty of helping the children with talent discovery and development. There are a number of sections: Jazz Band, brass band, Acrobats, Youth Alive. This department is the main entertaining group at the centre incase there are visitors or any important activity at the Centre. There is another activity called the talent show where children are given opportunity to display all sorts of talent they have. We have had comedians, dancers, actors, children carrying out mimes, and many more during the show. It is one of the children’s favorite shows; this is so because it really makes all the people present have their ribs cracked since the presentations are always funny and interesting. This is done with the guidance of the uncles in charge and at the end of the day, children are further guided and helped to improve in the activities that they present during the talent show.

Brass Band

There too is the brass band section, which was introduced in the year 2007. This section was started by the then Director, Rev. Fr. Richard Jozwiak who was the only Salesian at the centre together with Joseph Wandera, who was the trainer at the time. It started with 30 bugles and the children used to practice every morning from 6:00am to 7:00am and after mastering, then an opportunity came and the section received 16 flugelhorns, a bass drum and some side drums. The section grew stronger and over the years it has acquired other instruments. Currently it has a number of trumpets, flugelhorns, trombones, tubas, horns, French horn, flutes, clarinets, baritones, euphoniums, side drums, bass drums, cymbals, Saxophone. Thanks to the Salesians at the centre who are looking for all that is required to equip the brass band section with the needed instruments, but more thanks go to all the people who are sacrificing what they have to ensure that the children at Don Bosco – CALM receive these instruments, and are helped to discover and develop their talents. The centre has now developed a brass band, made up of only the children from the centre and once in a while, it is invited to go and entertain people at different functions. Important to note here is that, as the goal of talent discovery and development is being realised …


One can say that the Don Bosco – CALM acrobats group is the best youngest group in Uganda. They are very good and they are always showing improvement in the skill they display. It has reached to a point that children will move one or two steps and they summersault and this is always done unconsciously. The department has had an opportunity of taking 15 children in 2009 and in 2010 to Poland where they were able to visit many places but most importantly the children were able to get in touch with some adoption parents from Poland. They met them in churches; they also met children in schools and also in public places. The children were singing during mass and making some performances of acrobats, traditional dances and music from Uganda and many more different items. This department awes a lot of thanks to Rev. Fr. Richard Jozwiak for his tireless support. He never hesitates to equip the different sections with the required instruments, machines or items. He is always giving and welcoming ideas which are meant to help the children with Talent discovery and development. He supports the department in all situations at all times. This, I believe, is so because of his Love for the children. Thanks for having a “big fat” heart Fr. Richard, Fr Jean Marie and thanks for extending it to others.

Jazz Band

In the Jazz Band section, children are taught how to play keyboard, guitars both rhythm and bass, Jazz drums and most importantly, children are encouraged to compose and sing there own songs with the assistance and support of the uncles in charge. In line with this, three children went and took part in the Bayimba cultural festival which took place this year 2011 in Jinja and these children had an opportunity of singing their own songs. Most importantly, this group animates during mass celebration at the centre by accompanying the choir and this has always made Mass at the centre very interesting and prayerful for the members who attend.

Youth Alive

There is the Youth Alive group. This is a group that is part of an organization called Youth Alive Uganda which works with young people in the field of promoting life and values among youth. At Don Bosco – CALM, unlike other groups where the club is always started with an Education for Life workshop, the group was initiated just before the regional festivals in 2006. (NB: on an annual basis, Youth Alive Uganda organizes festivals in Singing, drama, poetry and fine art). Due to their interest, their commitment, dedication and talent, the children for the first time were able to be among the first three schools that took part in the festivals. This made them qualify for the National festivals. At the same National festivals, Don Bosco – CALM was the second over all and the children received their trophy handed to them by the then President of Uganda…