Greetings to all of our family and friends!
We hope that you are having a wonderful holiday season! Both the GlobeMed at UCLA chapter and the Nwoya Youth Center staff are on holiday as of this writing and it’s safe to say that we are cherishing our time spent with loved ones. A more thorough and quantitative project report will be coming from Alfred, the center manager, as he returns from holiday, but we will give you brief updates for now!
One of the biggest updates from the center is that two of our counselors, Beatrice and Charles, have learned how to ride (drive) motorbikes! Previously, they were often driven out to the field and would call to be picked up when their sessions were over. Their new abilities allow them to ride to schools on their own, providing independence and allowing the center’s programs to work more efficiently, as communication and fuel costs have been lessened. We are very proud of their efforts and excited to see pictures of them on their bikes!
We would also like to spend a brief moment thanking one of our nearest and dearest friends and partners, Okello Stephen, for all of his work with the Nwoya Youth Center. In December, Stephen, one of the Nwoya Youth Center’s longest tenured counselors moved back to Gulu, a larger city two hours outside of Anaka, to pursue other academic and career opportunities. We thank him so much for his dedication to the community and to us, his partners, and we wish him nothing but the best in all his future ambitions! He will surely be missed, but we know he has great things ahead.
This also means that the Nwoya Youth Center is in the process of hiring a new counselor to help with project implementation. We are so happy to hear that we will have one more person to add to our family and to help achieve all of the work that we aim to do!
Within our chapter, we wrapped a great fall quarter, which began with the arrival of thirty-one fresh and energetic faces and ended even more energy and $2365 (and counting!) for the Nwoya Youth Center. Next quarter, we will be partnering with BFI at UCLA to put on a Valentine’s Day event called Achy Breaky Heart, from which proceeds will benefit the Nwoya Youth Center and Save A Child’s Heart. We will be hosting our annual Global Get Down, a talent show featuring some of UCLA’s finest musical and dance performers. We are also currently in the process of planning for an event for the World Day of Social Justice on February 20.
We are so thankful to have our chapter and partner’s endless commitment, both of time and love, and cannot wait to see how much we achieve in the future. Thank you for your support in 2012 and we’ll see you in 2013!
Happy New Year! Long live GlobeMed and long live the Nwoya Youth Center!
GlobeMed at UCLA
STF-NYC/GLOBEMED PROJECT REPORT
JULY TO SEPTEMBER 2012
STF-NYC and GlobeMed at UCLA is partnering to implement sexual Health outreach project targeting 1000 youths in Northern Uganda in Nwoya District.
Project objective: To make an impact on the lives of over 1000 youth in Nwoya district by allowing general youth groups as well as special needs groups access to sexual health education, services and supplies.
Specific objectives: To increase young peoples utilization of HIV prevention and other ASRH services at Nwoya youth Center in One year. To increase adoption of safer sex practices in adolescents through abstinence, condom use and reduced partners and faithfulness. To increase access to information and services for special needs groups in Nwoya district
Key Activities of the project
STF-NYC managed to reach out to a total of 2588 youths (Male =1323, Female = 1265).
The center conducted a total of 41school outreaches and 15 community outreaches to sensitize youths on adolescence sexual reproductive health (ASRH) in Anaka and Purongo Sub-counties- Nwoya District.
A total of 1105 adolescents were reached with ASRH messages (539 males, 566 females). Some of the topics discussed included safe male circumcision, Body changes, cross generational sex, drug abuse, gender based violence, teenage pregnancy and HIV prevention among others.
Quotes: I did not know how to use the disposable pads, I use to think it is sticked onto our private parts but now I can use it since I was educated on how to use the disposable pads, keep hygiene, signs and symptoms of menstruation. I’m very happy and remains committed in school since I no longer misses school as I used to, just because of menstruation. I can now make use of the local materials like piece of cloths, towels to help me during my menstrual periods. - Apiyo Lilian, 16years, P.6
STF-NYC organized 09 games and sports events both in schools and in the community and these attracted 791. These was done with the aim of mobilizing the youths and sensitize them on adolescent sexual reproductive health to help them make informed decision about their health and to help them avoid engaging into risky behaviors like drug abuse, Stealing, Disco dance, gambling among others but to take sports as a healthy productive leisure. For instance, the sports event (volleyball) played between the youths of Paduny and Anaka Town council attracted over 113 youths while the football match played between Coorom youths and Corner Nwoya attracted over 141 youth. The football match played in Alero attracted about 129 youths among others.
Quote: I used to be a daily member of malwa (a local brew) and I would not miss even a single day but my problem used to be in looking for money to pay for my daily share to allow me drink daily and sometimes I would steal money from home just to allow me drink in the evening…….;later on I realized it was very expensive for me (2000 @ day) but now through friends, I have now resorted to playing football every evening and this has helped me leave drinking, smoking and I know longer steal, very healthy and happy that I can now play for my sub-county in big football matches whenever its organized. All these were attributed to by interactions with friends during sports and the educative sessions by the Nwoya youth center which helped me reform……….; said Kidega Gilbert, a 20 year old boy.
The 80 girls came from Kulamuka P.7, Bidati P.7, Alokolum Gok P.7, Aparanga P.7, Purongo P.7, Oruka P.7 and Gotapwoyo P.7 schools.
A total of 108(Male=43, Female=65) special groups reached with HIV prevention messages and ASRH.
Quotes: ………….. my parents disowned me at the time I got pregnant when I was in primary five. They refused giving any assistance to help me and my child because I disappointed them, I really suffered and my child almost died of sickness and hunger. Later on due to hard life i was forced into prostitution to help me take care of myself and the child, I started selling in a bar .I knew I was risking from contracting HIV, pregnancy among others but what I needed was money to sustain us. I did this for two years. There come a time through a friend who heard of the services at the youth center, we started attending the child mother’s activity and was counseled at the youth center and now as I talked, the youth center linked five of us to be trained in hair dressing and others trained in tailoring. I can now do hair dressing to sustain me and the child instead of prostitution, however, I lack the items to help me start the business……………………; Irene Ajok
Condoms awareness and distribution to young adolescents: This activity has help youths know how they can use condoms correctly and consistently to guard against HIV and other STI’s (sexually transmitted infections). Here the youths are educated on how to use condoms through condom demonstration, condom awareness and condom distribution (needy youth). This is done both at the center and outreach centers to help reach out to youths in the villages. A total of 158 adolescent reach and benefited from condoms, (Male=100 and female= 58).
Quote: I am very much happy with STF in really creating a center were sexually active youths would access condoms and also giving us awareness on condom and its corrective/consistent use to help protect our lives from getting HIV/STI’s and un wanted pregnancies. I now urge other youths to take this advantage to come and support Straight talk-Nwoya youth center in the fight against HIV among the youths since we are the future generation to come ………Oryem Regan 23years old from Akago village anaka.
A total of 137 people reached in this activity. (Male=61 Female=78)
Quote: I am very pleased with this girl Talk discussion, I used to fear telling my friends about what i used to go through like itching private parts, experience with boys, menstruation. But now I am very free sharing with friends and this has given me new experiences and encouraged me on how to handle situations that comes my way like handling boys, body changes among others …………….Said (Aber Jennifer in Lamoki Village Anaka)
Monitoring goat’s project: this project benefited 20 young mothers and each received 2 goats both male and female. All these goats are healthy and doing well according to the previous report.
NB: We were not able to complete the goats monitoring by the reporting time and would now avail you with the goats report in two weeks time. Two of our staffs were away, Stephen is sick while Franka is for maternity leave.
These are the schools reached with STF/NYC-GLOBEMED project in Anaka and Purongo Sub-counties. A total of 20 schools.
Schools in Purongo Sub-county.
S/N NAME OF SCHOOL PARISH
1 PURONGO P/S PAWATOMERO
2 PUROPBGO HILL P/S PAWATOMERO
3 APARANGA P/S PAROMO
4 PARAA P/S PABIT
5 WII ANAKA P/S PABIT
6 OLWIYO P/S PAWATOMERO
7 ORUKA P/S PAROMO
8 GOTAPWOYO P/S LATORO
9 PURONG SEED SEC SCH PAWATOMERO
Schools in Anaka Sub-county.
1 ANAKA P/S Nwoya TC
2 ANAKA CENTRAL P/S Nwoya TC
3 ANAKA PUBLIC P/S Nwoya TC
4 KULU AMUKA P/S KULUAMUKA
5 ST LUKE TE-OLAM P/S TODORA
6 PATIRA P/S YWAYA
7 AGUNG P/S TODORA
8 LAMOKI P/S YWAYA
9 BIDATI P/S PANGORA
10 ALOKOLUM GOK P/S PABALI
11 POPE PAUL ANAKA S.S Nwoya TC
Lack of stable power to facilitate office work has made it hard when it comes to writing project reports and any work that needs computer.
High demand from some community who are after material gains to help solve their problems.
The child mothers who received goats are not in support of the prior agreement of returning 2 goats after two years so that it’s given to another group of child mothers so that all the 60 child mothers benefits.
Challenges of transport facilities to help in outreaches, the center has only 3 motorbikes attached to projects and this means we have to borrow from these project in case of outreaches and this causes delays and interfere with activity implementation. One bike is down.
Riding gears like helmets, jackets, boots and gloves are a big challenge and this puts our security in danger together with the Grow Team.
Staffing is also a challenge since the center has only 4 staffs to work on all the projects and this in turn slows or delays activities of some projects.
Inadequate office space to accommodate all organization activities and staffing
Need to keep building on one project and only continue to develop and improve on the already existing project as we work on new MOU to realize good impact and sustainability.
Need to have more discussion on logistics to perfect the project implementation. Things like protective gears, computer and transportation of the Grow team to the field.
Need to have funds transferred early for the project activities.
Report compiled by: Alfred Olweny
Center coordinator Nwoya Youth Center
0774848448 / 0716848448
Email: Alfred.firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
STF-NYC and Globemed at UCLA is implanting sexual Health outreach project to 1000 youths in Uganda (Nwoya District) we are obliged to write a progressive report as per the progress of the project.
STF-NYC starts implementing the Sexual Health Outreach to 1000 youth in Nwoya District as per the MOU. GlobalGiving and Globemed at UCLA will receive this quarter’s report on Sexual Health Outreach to 1000 youth in Nwoya District as mandated by the MOU.
Specific objectives: To increase young peoples utilization of HIV prevention and other ASRH services at Nwoya youth Center in One year. To increase adoption of safer sex practices in adolescents through abstinence, condom use, reduced partners and faithfulness. To increase access to information and services for special needs groups in Nwoya district
STF-NYC conducted Adolescence Sexual Reproductive Health (ASRH) sensitization to two primary schools in Anaka Sub-county- Nwoya District. A total of 50 young adolescents were reached with ASRH messages (25 males, 25 females).
Quotes: One of the beneficiaries had to say that most adolescence in our community are not fully informed about their sexual reproductive health. As such this has exposed most adolescents into a high health risk like contracting HIV/AIDS, early pregnancy, cross generational sex etc. and this explains the reasons for the high HIV/AIDS and pregnancy among young adolescents. The cross generational sex rampancy today where older men offer materials things that the girls cannot resist and they end up into all these mess in life. In our school this first term alone we registered three cases of pregnancies among the girls. --School head girl
STF-NYC also conducted games and sports activity in school and community with the aim of engaging the youth into a healthy productive leisure and sensitizing them on ASRH to allow the youth make informed decision about their life. For Anaka public and Anaka Central primary schools over 200 pupils attended the sports event. While in Purongo over 150 youth attended the event, and it attracted youth from Pakwach and Purongo playing football.
Quote: "I thank the organizer of this event and I would urge them to continue to promoting the games and sports among the youth since most of our youth and engage in unproductive activities like smoking, drinking, stealing among others. This event has been so educative since the youth were sensitized on ASRH and condom use. And this has also unified the youths" -- Okot William
Goat Project Monitoring and Evaluation
Monitoring goats project given to the twenty child mothers in Anaka sub-county Nwoya District (Uganda). These goats are health and doing well.
There are seven (7) new young ones born and many more female goats carrying pregnancies that in the next assessment report we would be having more increment in the number of goats.
Lack of stable power for to facilitate office work has made it had when it comes to writing project reports.
Some young mothers have lost their goats due to unreported sickness of their animals and lack of proper persons to take care of the goats. Proper follow-up will be administered and more information provided.
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