Azira Micheal Youth Foundation
we are a 501 (c)(3) organization.
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 EDUCATE our 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.
Contact Azira Micheal Youth Foundation
We are 501(c)(3) non-profit Organization and our EIN# is 85-2339969
15918 Innerarity point road, Pensacola, FL, 32507
Our dedicated team of experienced professionals are always on the ball, utilizing their unique skills and passion to move the work of our Non-Profit Organization forward. We’re always pushing ourselves to stay ahead of the curve and striving to perfect our programs. Meet some of our incredible leaders below.
Musa Mawanda, born in Uganda. Grew up in Nansana, an out skirt of the Capital City kampala. From large family of 10 children raised by a single mother. I am number 9 in the pecking order, so I had to grow up so quickly to avoid being picked on. Being picked on is not the point. The point is mother was seldom at home because she had to work extended hours all year round to provide for the family. As siblings, we had to rely on each other and take care of one another.
I am a first-generation college graduate as mother never had much to put us all through school. Soccer was my survivor. At a young age, I played it all day for fun. As a teenager, soccer saved me from a lot of trouble in a community where drugs and alcohol are rampant in teenagers. Soccer is where I found friends that helped me get an education and be the person I am today.
Soccer is my passion. Without it, I would be a no body and through it, I know I can make a change in the lives of other kids who may need just a crack at an opportunity to get an education.
“Together, we can use sports as a vehicle to personal and social development in the disadvantaged Ugandan youths”