This has been a busy time for Act4Africa field staff as we come to the end of the delivery year for the team in Kasese District and as the team in Jinja begin to mobilise for delivery in our next programme in Mayuge District.
The Kasese team have successfully trained a total of 100 young women as Peer Educators this year which is amazing and over 30,000 thousand young women have directly benefitted from our training.
In Mayuge we have been mobilising among the fishing communities and aim to form 30 new groups of young girls and women who will be given training and support. The target is to train approximately 900 girls over the next year. In order to ensure that we can measure the difference your support makes, over the next few weeks we will be in the field gathering some key data before we start delivery in Mayuge. This will be in the form of questionnaires and face to face interviews and we will be reporting these results in subsequent updates.
Thanks so much for your support from everyone at Act4Africa.
I have just returned from Uganda where I was privileged to attend our second annual conference in Kasese near the DRC, congo border. It was really good to hear some really great feedback from our stakeholders, local leaders and health workers but what really touched my heart was the being able to meet and personally thank several of the young women who are helping us in schools as Act4Africa peer educators. Brenda, Edith and Sharon are in the photograph below and you can hear Sharon describe what she is doing in the attached vidoe link. Sharon was born HIV positive and is a shining example of the benefits that education can make. She is ambitious and woud like to become a nurse eventually if she can complete all her schooling. Act4Africa has already committed to help her on that journey but it would be so good to be able to help more Sharons like this.
Thank you so much for your support.
Act4Africa measures the impact of everything we do in the field and we thought you would like to see how with your support we are making a measurable difference to the lives of disadvantaged young women in Uganda. This year over a period of just 6 months our field team in Kasese have achieved the following results:
Outcome: Gender Equality – Boys and Girls, Men and women, practice and promote gender equality and sexual rights.
Indicator: 1.0 Percentage increase of women and girls who hold a leadership position in any community group
10-14 years Pre-Training 45%; Post-Training 71%
The results show an increase of 26% for the youth. It would seem that increased confidence resulting from the training is reflected in the youth.
Trainee “In schools, the problem of gender inequality in this institution is the issue of misinformation which puts males at the head of teaching sciences and females teaching simple subjects like English. We realised that this misinformation has no source other than the inferiority complex of women qualifying in simple subjects compared to men.”
Indicator: 2.0 Percentage increase in women and girls who freely express confidence to refuse sexual advances
10-14 years Pre-Training 69%; Post-Training 78%
15-54 years Pre-Training 70%; Post-Training 94%-
A 24% increase was achieved for the older age group and a 9% increase for the younger group.
Training Workshop Feedback; "Gender means working together as men and women in harmony”
Indicator: 3.0 Percentage increase of boys and men who show increased respect for girls and women's sexual rights
Pre-Training 62.5%; Post-Training 78%
A 12% increase was achieved.
Indicator: 4.0 Percentage increase of women and girls showing ability to negotiate safe sex
Pre-Training 67.5%; Post-Training 85.5%
An 18% increase was achieved.
Key Informant Interview “I had my first boyfriend in 2010 and we always met without a condom, but after the Act4Africa training, I was able to tell my boyfriend openly that i will no longer continue with the relationship”
Results provided by Act4Africa Team Leaders, Kasese, Uganda based on structured questionnaires and interviews with key informants.
Our Act4Africa teams across the breadth of Uganda have been busy this last few months.
One of the busiest has been our team of dedicated staff in Kasese, Western Uganda. They have trained 100 young Peer Educators in 4 sub counties, (Lake Katwe -20, Kisinga – 30, Munkunyu –30, Kyarumba -20). In 9 schools. Peer Educator trainees are equipped with information about gender equality, female autonomy and mutual gender respect
Feedback on Behaviour Change:
But its not just the females who gain from this teaching even the boys in the community are impacted. For example, one male stated "he had a new understanding of the links between gender issues and HIV/AIDS transmission and promised to change the negative attitudes he held about male superiority".
Over the next few months Ruth and her collegues will begin to train the next cohort of young women and we look forward to hearing how much it helps them make a change for the future !
Act4africa Jinja has been delivering an exciting training opportunity of community engagement with young people through our "Girl effect" project.
The project has reached and impacted over 180 young beneficiaries to date from different school clubs.
Based from the testimonies of the trainees the impact of the training is positively influencing their behaviours, choices and healthy lifestyles.
Visit the links below, to hear what Benna, Joy and Victoria have to say about what they have learned.
Act4Africa thank you for the generous support towards this cause that is impacting the lives of young people for a bright future.
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