A Knight Without a Castle
A Story of Resilience and Hope
by Robert Katende
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Releasing November 12, 2019
Author Robert Katende’s story is an astonishing true story of resilience and hope. Robert’s work was made famous in the Disney movie The Queen of Katwe, a biographical drama about a 13-year-old girl who became a Uganda National Chess Champion under Robert’s mentorship. Now readers can enjoy the story of how it all started.
This immersive story of a war refugee turned missionary, who is living the improbable dream to empower kids in Ugandan slums through chess – a game so foreign that there is no word for it in their native language. You will read of children who first came to Robert’s school for a free meal of porridge, then grew to love the game of chess and ultimately go to college in the United States to study medicine.
Robert’s life illuminates a situation many will find difficult to imagine, being raised without parents in a Ugandan slum. But his story will inspire you to achieve great things against insurmountable obstacles. This book tells his story of overcoming the odds in his life, followed by the stories of his students who share how he has radically impacted their lives. Robert’s story is one of hope, where there is none. His work has started a movement which has caught the attention of world leaders Bill & Melinda Gates and The Obama Foundation.
About Robert Katende:
Robert grew up in the Slums of Kampala in Uganda, but miraculously worked his way to the university and escaped the vicious cycle of the Slum-life. Robert is an engineer by profession specializing in Civil, IT & Computer engineering.
Robert lives in Kampala Uganda and is operates the SOM Chess Academy. Robert travels the world using chess as a tool to nature, mentor and disciple people, especially vulnerable children living on streets of Kampala. He uses chess as a way to better the lives of disadvantaged children.
These programs have nurtured and given opportunities to street children the likes of Phiona Mutesi who has become the first Woman Candidate Master in the history of Uganda and was featured in the Disney movie Queen of Katwe. Robert is married with three daughters, Mercy, Hope and Queen.