Upon completion of a bachelor’s degree at Makerere University, Branco thought back on the opportunities he had been given and ways he could give back. From this question grew the idea of Bitone. He especially felt drawn to the plight of children who had lost hope and meaning in life due to the loss of their parents or their homes due to disease, domestic violence, or economic hardships. Certainly, his passion for music guided him to establish Bitone Center.
Under Branco’s stewardship, Bitone Center has become a family structure where young people get a chance to rediscover their sense of worth, develop self-confidence, leadership skills, and artistic abilities in musical arts. Branco, (who holds a PhD. in Music Education from Texas Tech University), strongly believes that peacebuilding and social transformation begins with empowering young people.
Vision to provide emotional, physical, and intellectual support to disadvantaged young people is born.
Twenty-five needy children admitted for rehabilitation, education, developing skills, talents, and attitudes.
Bitone recieves a Community Service Grant through the partnership of Kampala East and Sunrise Rotary Clubs.
Bitone wins a $10,000 Projects for Peace. Bitone first batch of students graduate.