Engabu Za Tooro’s ICH Documentation Unit has finally released a new Tutemu Engaro music video which Engabu Za Tooro Executive Director, Stephen Rwagweri Atwoki says that it will assist in popularizing Tutemu Engaro campaign across the world.
Rwagweri Atwoki who also doubles as the CIOFF Uganda President adds, “Tutemu Engaro video will awaken people to realize that sustainable efforts to safeguard heritage threatened with extinction like Empaako, African folklore and Koogere Oral Traditions among others can only be achieved through a vigorous local self help contributions because foreign donors can never do something for you without you.”
Tutemu Engaro Self-Help Cultural Fund will be used to offer at least 10 university scholarships to students and teachers of the language to study Runyoro/Rutooro language and extend Empaako programme to Basongora, Banyaruguru and Banyambooga of DRC. The Tutemu Engaro fund will also be used to revitalize and safeguard Intangible African Oral Traditions and folklore threatened with extinction.
The Self-Help Cultural Fund was launched on 23rd June 2019 by Engabu Za Tooro Board of Directors led by Msgr. Peter Kumaraki Araali. A grand book of contributions is placed at Engabu Za Tooro offices and an individual, a family, clan, institution or organization can sign in by contributing not less than UGX 50,000.
Tutemu Engaro contributions book along with videos, books, visual art pieces and tangible items used in Empaako naming rituals will constitute historical symbols of Empaako UNESCO inscription and safeguarding programmes which will be archived in local and international museums.
So far, millions have been contributed by people from across the country like the family of Omugurusi Isaya Kalya, the family of Dr. L.T Rubongoya, Mr. Monday Christopher, Mrs Munkancwango Beatrice, Mr and Mrs Christopher Monday Kazini, Hon. Mutunzo Peace Regis (Minister of state for Gender, Labour and Social Development and also woman MP Bunyangabu district), Rev. Richard Baguma Adyeri, Owek. Mwesige Zebidayo, Mr. Ernest Kalege, Mr and Mrs Eustakiyo Tibyolekezo Abbooki Omwitira.
Fort Portal Municipality mayor Rev. Kintu Willy Muhanga Ateenyi, Omugurusi Basaliza Rusoke (Muzeyi Kijana), Ndahura II Kashagama cultural head of Busongora Cultural Institution, Kachaina Valentine Ateenyi, Ms. Mabiiho Winfred Baguma, Ms. Kagaba Vanice, Mary Tibamwenda, Mr. Eribankya Paul, Mr. Kagoro Peter, Mr. Richard Tooro, Msgr. Peter Kumaraki Araali and Mr. Kazooba Nyamuhanga have also contributed massively.
People can take their contributions at Engabu Za Tooro main offices located on Plot 18, Kaija Road, Kabundaire, Fort Portal – Uganda or contact the office on +256 (0) 772 469 751 or Email: email@example.com
The Tutemu Engaro Self-Help Cultural Fund is aimed at mobilizing local contributions of Uganda Shillings 200 million towards the budget of the UNESCO co-funded project UGA 01210 aimed at safeguarding and revitalizing Empaako naming system.
The fund will also establish modern mechanisms of mobilizing collective resources and initiating community funded projects of safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Inscription and to revitalize and entrench the community spirit of self-reliance and solidarity in safeguarding the community’s own Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Engabu Za Tooro is accredited to provide advisory services to UNESCO (ICH Convention) and accredited as an observer of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Currently, the organization is co-funded by UNESCO (Intangible Heritage Fund) and local contributions to revitalize and safeguard the practice of the Empaako naming system through community self-documentation.