Chess champ at CYH! Breaking misconceptions of street kids

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CYH is proud to tell the story of one of it’s boys, 17 year old Swaleh, who just last month competed in the prestigious African School Chess Championships (ASCC) in Kampala.  For the past 9 months, Mukalazi John Vianney, an attorney and chess coach, has been providing free lessons to the boys at CYH, resulting in all of the boys learning and enjoying the game and its benefits for leisure as well as life skills. But Swaleh has been exceptional! He showed so much natural talent, that he started beating many opponents far more experienced then he, and even qualified for national and international competitions.  At the ASCC competition he placed fourth, just missing by one placement the qualification for the World championships!  CYH is so proud of Swaleh, who was also just reunited with his family last week.  Join us in celebrating his success, and yet another example of how “street kids” too have talents and gifts that can make dreams come true!