Your donation to help build Gulu Community Park will help shape the future of an entire generation.
The park will provide vulnerable youth, who could otherwise fall through the cracks, a safe place to play, socialize and build community.
We work directly with the Gulu community to ensure that each program is locally driven
and able to meet their needs. We’re here to listen and to help them become a community that is united, first in spirit, then through tangible projects.
Giving youth a place to PLAY, LEARN AND GROW
In 2020, World Embrace purchased 22 acres and broke ground on the Gulu Community Park. It will be the first large scale community project of its kind in Northern Uganda and one of the biggest community hubs
in East Africa.
This youth park will be a catalyst for change in Gulu. It will be a neutral destination for organizations and churches to come together and positively impact the youth of Gulu.
10 swings, 2 metal playgrounds, and a massive wooden playground will allow kids to run, play and explore!
Kid City is an interactive city that mixes fun, learning and inspiration through role play. Kids can explore a scaled city of over 1000 square meters (10,800 square feet) with many independent and programmed activities.
Kids can explore career opportunities, learn about the world and dream about the future. Kids can do amazing things when given the chance!
This 236 square meter (2,540 square feet) library and cinema will have a mix of book and tablet based learning.
A projector will show educational videos and allow books to be read to hundreds of children at once.
The library will help children develop a love for books and learning. This leads to choice reading, vocabulary increase, higher fluency, and greater breadth and depth of knowledge.
With 700 square meters of meeting space, the amphitheater can hold up to 1,400 people!
85% of Gulu residence are age 35 and under. Globally our youthful community is one of the most energetic on the planet. Gulu having its first large scale and modern fitness center will enrich the lives of many and strengthen competitive athletes.
For years in Gulu, there have been serious martial arts clubs. Boxing, Kickboxing, and Taekwondo are well established but have always lacked good facilities to train in. Four years ago, World Embrace, along with John Koeshall of Street Smart Defender, started the Gulu Gracie Barra Brazilian Jujitsu club. Our club is now the number one competitive team in East Africa.
In the well-furnished and large Fitness & MAA center our athletes will continue to excel in strength, medals, and self-esteem.
As with every facility in Gulu Community Park, we will have proper leaders, trainers, and coaches that can help the participants in holistic ways – physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.
We are creating a wholesome atmosphere for friendly competition where youth and families can enjoy being together.
Ping-pong, pool, and card tables will be freely accessible and greatly enjoyed. Shooting pool in Gulu is very popular, however, young people can only access these tables in bars. Ping-pong is enjoyed throughout the world so why not in Gulu?
At Gulu Community Park there will be something for everyone to participate in. Some like to run up and down a court or work out in a gym. However, for some a good competitive game at a table makes for the best of times.
Sport brings people together regardless of nationality, religion, or tribe. 85% of Gulu’s population are aged 35 and under. This makes for a highly energetic community.
The Sports Complex will have soccer, basketball, volleyball, netball, mixed martial arts, and a fitness gym. There will also be space for traditional African games. This dynamic area will be common ground as well as level ground for people from different socio-economic spheres.
There is nothing in Gulu that draws and crowd and whips up excitement compared to sports. The Sports Complex will have huge participation and gather thousands of spectators.
Through our sports chaplaincy program, we will have a great opportunity to influence thousands to encounter Jesus and be all that they can be now and into eternity.