FIDE Social Action Commission
Minutes for the Meeting
Sunday, March 20, 2016 2:00pm
Kampala, Uganda East Africa
- Welcome note from chairperson
- Minutes and report
- Way forward
- Next meeting
Core Members in Attendance:
- Beatriz Marinello (USA) Chairperson
- Robert Katende (Uganda) General Secretary
- Paris Klerides (Cyprus) Councillor
Other members in attendance:
- Dore Leticia (USA) SAC Volunteer Photographer/Documentary Filmmaker
- Thomas Luther (Germany) Chairman FIDE Chess for Disabled Commission
- Tuyizere Elyse (Rwanda)
- Joachim Okoth (Uganda)
- Christine Namaganda (Uganda)
- Duke Michieka (Kenya)
- Amos Etoru (Uganda)
- Charles Ntege (Uganda)
- George William Kalugo (Uganda)
- Winnie Okoth (Uganda)
- Robinah Olga Namwanje (Uganda)
Min. 1 / Kam/ 2016: Opening
Robert welcomed all who attended the meeting and thanked them for endeavoring to attend. He appreciated the core members and GM Thomas who had come from other continents for the meeting. He welcomed the Chairperson to give her remarks.
Min. 2 /Kam/2016: Welcome note from chairperson
The Chairperson Beatriz Marinello welcomed all the core members who were able to make it to Uganda. She introduced all commission members including those who were absent, she thanks them for serving on the commission:
- Councillor, Abigail Tian (China)
- Councillor, Guy Bendana (Nicaragua)
- Irvin Halman (Panama)
- Rupert Jones (Papua New Guinea)
- Michel Nguele Viang (Cameroon)
- Johanna Basti (France)
- Laura Ochoa (Colombia)
- Ibrahima Konate (Mali)
- Zaheeruddeen Asefi (Afghanistan)
- Dr. Dorita Larrachea (Chile)
- Guillermo Soppe (Argentina)
- Margaret Murphy (USVI)
Beatriz read through the Commission objectives and emphasized that we are using Chess to develop all aspects of life as well as addressing diseases such as memory loss in the elderly and thus several elderly chess projects have been started.
For 2016 FIDE has allocated only 20.000 Euros for the Social Action Commission, this represents a big challenge since we need the funding to make a difference. We are one of the most active commissions, but its very difficult to do our work with no resources. The Chairperson is looking for additional resources outside of FIDE.
Min. 3 /Kam/2016: Minutes and report
She presented minutes from the previous meeting and the report of the work that has been done since the last meeting in Abu Dhabi UAE in September 2015. The projects in Uganda, Trinidad and Tobago and Chile were all running well and efforts had been made to start the project in Cameroon. In January 2016 training was done and several meetings held including visit with Cameroon government minister and officials. Chess sets and Demo boards were given to the Cameroon Chess Federation to help run the Social Action Project in Cameroon.
The efforts that have been made by documentary photographer and filmmaker, Dora Leticia, to document the “Smart Girl Project” have shed light on the struggles of the children in Gulu and the Kampala Chess Academy, this exposure has helped secure additional help outside of ‘SAC’. One of the goals of the Social Action Commission is to liaise with other organizations and individuals that have similar objectives. Reaching out to them and sharing the children’s stories has helped expand our reach.
Our Chair has been key in obtaining sponsorship for two children from extreme poverty conditions. These children, who are part of the “Smart Girl Project” in Gulu and Kampala Chess Academy, have been given scholarships and are now enrolled in boarding school for formal education. We thank the benefactors with good hearts who are able to contribute to these children’s education. Chess is helping to identify intelligent children with good character to make a different in their lives and hopefully one day pay forward.
A third student is soon to be added thanks to our Chairperson’s hard work and dedication to shedding light on the struggles of the Ugandan “Smart Girl Project” program.
The projects are also running in the USA. She stated that children face challenges everywhere and we must remain committed to our mission and continue to promote chess as a tool for social improvement..
In Chile, the government pledged to support the chess programs and the Social Action Commission is to help with the technical support in terms of facilitating the training and supervision of the programs.
The Chilean Government has channeled funds for the Chess Programs to three Municipalities: Iquique, Quilpie and Frutillar.
Trinidad and Tobago is one of the young federations and programs are getting on course.
Johana Basti from France presented an excellent proposal to develop chess for seniors in her city, we are hoping to help support this program by the end of this year.
Argentina presented a proposal to support the Program “Agilmente”, it is the Chairperson’s opinion that this is the best Chess Program for Seniors in the World. The Social Action Commission will help publicize and promote this program as a model for other programs.
Paris shared what he does in Cyprus and how he initiated Kappa Chess Club. He called it Kappa just to have the letter ‘K’ in the name based on the joke that in order to be great in Chess you need to have the letter ‘K’ in your name! His presentation during the meeting was well received.
There are several questions that came from the audience and the members responded to them all. Areas of concern for some attendees is lacks of funds to establish programs that can help their communities.
The possibility of creating income generating projects to help finance charitable work from people in the field was discussed as well as other options to get started.
How to make a difference in your community with little or no funds? A question much on peoples minds in some countries.
Min. 4 /Kam/2016: Proposals
Proposals have been received from Cyprus, Argentina and France and a proposal to partner with Sports Outreach, an international organization that uses sports for social impact, among the games is Chess.
It was noted that partnerships with National Federations and International Organizations is a good thing because it helps to share knowledge and resources.
A video from Argentina was projected and Social Action Commission is ready to get involved as long as the approval is received from the Argentinean Chess Federation. This program is for the Seniors.
A proposal from the French Chess Federation was received but, due to Commission budget cuts attributed and current FIDE financial constraints, support may be considered in phases.
Min. 5 /Kam/2016: Way forward
Much work is to be done in Europe where we can help to coordinate projects and also mobilize resources to help finance projects with the support of ‘SAC’.
It was also noted that we have several connections that need to be strengthened with formal agreements where necessary, although we can still continue the work with the current status until these further develop.
Min. 6 /Kam/2016: Next Meeting
The next commission meeting is scheduled for September 2016 in Baku Azerbaijan.
Min. 7 /Kam/2016: Closing
WIM Beatriz Marinello, Chairperson
Mr. Robert Katende, Secretary
Other Reports (SAC Report Archives)
- Social Action Commission Report: May 2013 (New York, USA)
- Social Action Commission Report: Oct. 2, 2013 (Tallinn, Estonia)
- Social Action Commission Report: Aug. 5, 2014 (Tromso, Norway)
- Social Action Commission Report: Sept. 2015 (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
- Social Action Commission Meeting: Sept 5, 2015 Minutes (Abu Dhabi, UAE)