Following the chess games Elliott Neff, founder of Chess4Life and organizer of the fundraiser, explained: “While one might think with a film made about your life, your financial needs would be met, that isn’t the case. Disney lost money on the movie, and the students didn’t receive anything.” Mutesi and Mukumbya were several thousand dollars short, but still overwhelmed and grateful for the support they’d already received. “It’s amazing that so many people would come out here today to support someone they don’t know,” Mutesi said.
Queen of Katwe credited chess with bringing her out of the slum, but Mutesi gives glory to God and says the faith shown by her mother in the film was real: “In the really hard time, when we went three days with no food, my mother told us, ‘This is the time that God is closest to you.’” After Mutesi’s brother told her about the chess program at Sports Outreach Ministry, she went along with him. At first she didn’t like chess, but she had to play in order to eat, so she learned. “I like chess now,” she said with a sly smile.