Azira Micheal Youth Foundation
Make a Difference Today
Azira Micheal Youth Foundation's mission is to spread our message of hope, hardwork and compassion. We believe that a single action can make a difference in the community, and that collective action can greatly impact youths in Uganda. Through our annual soccer tournament - Pearl of Africa Youth Championship, we give youths an opportunity to showcase their talent to scouts, provide mentorship, and inspiration.
To provide an environment and platform to MENTOR, RAISE AWARENESS and TRAIN Youths in Uganda to be able to thrive in an ever changing society.
To create a sustainable environment of education that will enable the social and cultural integration of youths by providing quality education, social skills, and nurturing of talent, thereby ensuring the development of a firm diginity and sense of independence among the youth and community.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world"
- Nelson Mandela
A Bit of Background
I am Micheal Azira born in Uganda and grew up in the slums of Kampala the capital city. I have always had passion for soccer and helping others, but I could not do it because of the limited access to resources needed to change my life and other kids in need. I grew up playing in dirt streets with a ball made out of plastic bags, but this did not stop me from chasing my dream of being a soccer player and helping other kids. Someone helped me to become what I am today: a professional soccer player in Major League Soccer. I have gone from playing on dirt fields to playing in the best stadiums in the United States of America. When I went to say thank you to the person who helped me to reach my dream, all he said was "Pass it on," meaning that I should also help another kid in need. So my friends and I have decided to start this foundation to help other kids through sports and by finding them education and soccer opportunities. Join us in helping other kids who do not have access to education, health care, and soccer opportunities. Help us to be the change that you want to see in the world.