How it started

One of Tucheze International’s aims is to tackle the problem of depression (mental health ) among sporting youth. Depression is a silent epidemic and Tucheze International is using sports as a tool to help raise awareness and fight stigma that is associated with mental illness. Tucheze International (formally KFA, Trikots For Uganda) founder, former Ugandan national soccer team, state house, Sc Villa, Danang f.c top scorer Charles Kayemba committed suicide due to undiagnosed depression. Tucheze International is proud to carry on Charles Kayemba’s legacy of giving out free quality sports equipment to all sporting communities. Charles Kayemba was an elder brother to Tucheze International co-founder Godfrey Tebandeke.

Tucheze International was set up by Godfrey Tebandeke and Timm Barkam. Tebandeke grew up in Uganda and knows from experience how difficult it is to engage in sports when the right equipment is lacking. Inspired by his friendly character, he naturally Shared his soccer shoes and sportswear with friends whenever possible. In 2004, Tebandeke met a Germany doctor who was working as a volunteer in the slums of Nairobi Kenya.

Through this friendship, Tebandeke had the opportunity to travel to Germany for soccer trials in 2005. During this period, he met Timm Barkam who was living in the same town as his German host. When it was time for Tebandeke to travel back to Uganda, Timm collected sportswear and Equipment from his football club and surprised Tebandeke by giving him a full bag. Tebandeke had by this time collected and half-filled most of his luggage space with sportswear..

These supplies were of course for his friends and football team back home in Uganda! Since that time Timm started sending once in a while a box filled with football equipment to Tebandeke in Uganda, who would distribute the supplies amongst the football teams he knew. But the number of boxes grew and in 2010 we organized the first tournament were more than 100 teams from Uganda came to play.

The days of the tournament were days packed with fun and joy and everyone went home with a new uniform! This was repeated in 2013. At the same time the thought came up to approach this in a bigger and more professional way. That is how the idea was born to set up a charity in order to be able to continue these great activities and to expand our approach by connecting sports and development.

Two more sports tournaments were held in January 2017. The first on the 12th of January at Kiira Road Police sports ground in Kamwokya, Kampala. This attracted up to 840 players, both boys and girls. On the 12th of January 2017, up to 45 full sets of jerseys and 55 balls were given away to participating teams.

Netball and football were some of the games on show. The second tournament of 2017 was held on 28th of January in Kimwanyi, Bamunanika, Luweero. June 2017 saw the start of Tucheze international monthly sports tournaments for both boys and girls young men and women. Football, netball and boxing are some of the games show cased. The current sports tournaments is mainly for the under 14 and under 17 years age category. The games are played twice a month attracting/ averaging a thousand participants (players). October 2017 will see the kick off of the adult edition of the Tucheze International monthly sports tournaments dubbed (Christmas cup).

Tucheze International is considered to Steun and thus has ANBI status. This makes your donations to the organisation tax deductible!

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    • ANBI status (Netherlands Tax exemption status)
      RSIN/fiscal (identification) number: 8566 49 090.
Tucheze International ( Holland Address ):

Kobaltstraat 31
Apeldoorn, 7334AM

Netherlands

Email: info@tuchezeinternational.org

Tel: +31 657676399 ( Whatsapp number )

Address in Germany:

Niederstockumerweg 7a,      

48301 Nottuln

Email: info@tuchezeinternational.org

Tel: +4925027556 or +31 657676399 ( Whatsapp number )

Address in Uganda:

P.O.BOX 12882

Nalwoga Road,

Kulambiro, Tuba Zone,

Nakawa division.

Kampala Uganda.

Email: info@tuchezeinternational.org

Tel: +31 657676399 ( Whatsapp number )

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