Jun 1, 2018

Final Update on our Uganda Project

Volunteer Kora with Josephine, our "Luganda Voice"
Volunteer Kora with Josephine, our "Luganda Voice"

(Anmerkung für unsere deutschen Spender: bitte abwärts scrollen für den deutschen Text!)

Dear Donors, here we are again with news from our project in Kyamulibwa, Uganda. 

During the last three months, distribution of our MP3 Players containing vital health information for illiterate rural women in Uganda has been continued. Only very few devices are left - our partner Projekthilfe Uganda e. V. will store about 10 to have some back-up at hand just in case. All other MP3 Player we shipped have been distributed to local women's groups: 490 players in total. Each one of them is being used in a group of 10 - 12 women, so we've reached well over 5.000 rural women with this project. 

Our German volunteer Kora Koch left for Uganda on May 16th, she's will be there now until end of this year and supervise both final distribution and use of the players. We are very happy about that, and so is she, obviously - you can see her big smile on one of the pictures below! It's easy to spot her, she's the only "musungu" (white person). By the way - do you recognize the lady beside her? You may have seen her on one of our first photos - that's Josephine, our "Voice of Uganda". She helped us to record all of our texts for the players in Luganda, the local language. And she is still helping in our project as a volunteer. 

So far, we've raised 7,102.34 US$ for this project - well, YOU did! :-) All this would not have been possible without your help and your generosity. A big THANK YOU for your support! 

When we started this project, our target group were 10.000 rural women in the district of Kyamulibwa/Masaka in Uganda. This is why we calculated for 1000 MP3 Players (1 player = 10 women). During the process of distribution and while collecting feedback from the women's groups, we realized that we had overshot the mark. The networking among the single women's groups is working far better than expected, and thanks to the outstanding engagement of the local social workers and our volunteers, exchange of the players between various groups can be handled well. Turns out that we do not even need the 1000 players we had projected to reach all of the local groups, as they are passing their players on when they are done with the contents. An additional advantage resulting from this practice (apart from cost saving) is the exchange of personal experience between the groups. So far, they had been working quite independently from one another - now there's a reason they connect on a regular basis. This leads to many inspiring conversations and emotional support they give each other. 

This is why - evaluating the feedback from groups and social workers - we decided that the 500 Players we could finance with your help for this project are definitely fair enough to reach the impact we had been aiming for. We will therefore put this project on hold for the moment and not ask you for additional donations. Of course, we'll keep on receiving reports from the local workers. And should we come to the conclusion that we were wrong in downsizing the number of players for this project, we'll become active once again, of course. No woman will be left behind! 

But for the moment we leave you with some final impressions from Kyamulibwa and thank you once again for your kind support. Please do not stop visiting our company website (www.uridu.org) to stay updated on our work. We'll be back on GlobalGiving soon with a new project, and that's a promise! 


Liebe Spender, wir melden uns wieder mit Neuigkeiten von unserem Projekt in Kyamulibwa, Uganda.

In den letzten drei Monaten ging die Verteilung unserer MP3-Player mit wichtigen Gesundheitsinformationen für Analphabetinnen in Uganda weiter. Nur noch wenige Geräte sind übrig - unser Partner Projekthilfe Uganda e. V. wird etwa 10 Stück zurückbehalten, um für den Fall der Fälle einige Ersatzgeräte zur Hand zu haben. Alle anderen von uns gelieferten MP3-Player wurden an lokale Frauengruppen verteilt: insgesamt 490 Geräte. Jedes von ihnen wird in einer Gruppe von 10 bis 12 Frauen eingesetzt, so dass wir mit diesem Projekt weit über 5.000 Landfrauen erreicht haben.

Unsere deutsche Freiwillige Kora Koch ist am 16. Mai nach Uganda aufgebrochen, sie wird nun bis Ende dieses Jahres dort sein und den Einsatz der Player im Feld mit betreuen. Wir sind sehr glücklich darüber, und sie ist es offensichtlich auch - das erkennt man schon an ihrem strahlenden Lächeln auf einem der unten beigefügten Bilder! Kora ist leicht zu entdecken, sie ist schließlich die einzige "musungu" (weiße Person) auf den Fotos. Übrigens - erkennen Sie die Dame neben ihr auf dem Bild? Vielleicht haben Sie sie schon auf einem unserer ersten Fotos gesehen - das ist nämlich Josephine, unsere "Stimme von Uganda". Sie half uns, alle unsere Texte für die Player in Luganda, der lokalen Sprache, aufzunehmen. Und sie hilft immer noch als Freiwillige in unserem Projekt mit.

Bis jetzt haben wir 7.102,34 US $ für dieses Projekt aufbringen können - oder vielmehr: SIE! :-) All dies wäre ohne Ihre Hilfe und Ihre Großzügigkeit nämlich nicht möglich gewesen. Ein großes Dankeschön für Ihre Unterstützung!

Als wir mit diesem Projekt begannen, wählten wir als unsere Zielgruppe 10.000 Landfrauen im Distrikt Kyamulibwa / Masaka in Uganda aus. Für diese kalkulierten wir 1000 MP3-Player ein (je 1 Gerät für 10 Frauen). Während des Verteilungsprozesses und während der fortlaufenden Auswertung des Feedbacks aus den Frauengruppen stellten wir aber fest, dass wir eigentlich zu großzügig geplant hatten: Die Vernetzung der einzelnen Frauengruppen funktioniert deutlich besser als erwartet, und dank des hervorragenden Engagements der lokalen Sozialarbeiter und unserer Freiwilligen läuft der Austausch der MP3Player zwischen unterschiedlichen Gruppen sehr gut. Es stellte sich tatsächlich heraus, dass wir gar keine 1000 Player brauchen, um alle lokalen Gruppen zu erreichen. Jede Gruppe gibt ihre Player nämlich nun an eine andere Gruppe weiter, wenn die Frauen mit dem Anhören der Inhalte fertig sind. Ein zusätzlicher Vorteil, der sich aus dieser Vorgehensweise ergibt (abgesehen vom Kosteneinsparungsfaktor), ist der rege Austausch persönlicher Erfahrungen zwischen den Gruppen. Bis jetzt hatten die jeweiligen Frauengruppen immer ziemlich unabhängig voneinander gearbeitet - jetzt gibt es einen Grund, warum sie regelmäßig zusammenkommen. Dies führt zu vielen sehr inspirierenden Gesprächen und großer emotionaler Unterstützung, die die Frauen einander schenken.

Aus diesem Grund haben wir - unter Berücksichtigung des Feedbacks von Gruppen und Sozialarbeitern - nun entschieden, dass die 500 Player, die wir mit Ihrer Hilfe bereits für dieses Projekt finanzieren konnten, erst einmal völlig ausreichend sind, um die von uns ursprünglich angestrebte Reichweite des Projekts zu erzielen. Daher werden wir die Anzahl der Player vorerst nicht weiter ausbauen und Sie daher auch nicht um weitere Spenden dafür bitten. Natürlich werden wir aber weiterhin Berichte von den Mitarbeitern vor Ort erhalten. Sollten wir aufgrund dieser irgendwann zu dem Schluss kommen, dass in der Region doch noch mehr Player benötigt werden, werden wir natürlich wieder aktiv. Keiner Frau soll schließlich der Zugang zu unseren Informationen verwehrt bleiben!

Aber für den Moment verabschieden wir uns mit einigen Bildern aus Kyamulibwa von Ihnen und danken Ihnen noch einmal für Ihre freundliche Unterstützung. Bitte besuchen Sie uns weiterhin auf unserer Website (www.uridu.de), auf der wir natürlich über alle unsere laufenden Projekte fortlaufend berichten. Wir melden uns auch bald mit einem neuen Projekt auf GlobalGiving zurück, versprochen!

Women's group waiting to receive players
Women's group waiting to receive players
Mar 6, 2018

News from our URIDU project in Uganda

Note for our German Donors: Eine deutsche Version des Projektberichts finden Sie weiter unten! 

Here we are again with some news from our URIDU project in Kyamulibwa, Uganda! As you know, our goal is to finance and distribute 1.000 solar-powered MP3 for Life-Players containing vital information about health, family and income generation to illiterate rural women. We started the distribution of the first charge of players in October 2017 during our stay in Kyamulibwa already. Now that we are back in Germany, employees and volunteers of our project partner, Projekthilfe Uganda e. V., took over the baton and are continuing with the distribution.

Feedback from both women participating in the project and social workers is overwhelmingly positive. We will just share two of the many testimonials we received during the process already to give you an idea why our approach is so highly appreciated: 

 Sara, participant of one of the project groups, says: 

„Women in Uganda have to carry all the workload in the family. They work in the field, they cook, they do all the laundry and other household chores. They have to take care of their kids, and if there are any old or sick people in the family, they have to take care of them, as well. So they cannot simply go away to attend a workshop to learn something new. Their husbands would be very angry if they went anywhere and left them alone with all their duties undone in the home. They have to do all their work before, and if this is not possible because it is too much, they are not allowed to go. So the players are very helpful because women can take them home and listen to them while doing their work. We do not have to go workshops any more, we can take the teacher home with us. And the husbands do not get angry. This is very good!“ 

 Gertrud, social worker from Projekthilfe Uganda e. V., says: 

„This MP3 player is making our work so much easier and so much more effective. We always have been doing our best to meet up with our women’s groups as often as possible. But there are many of them, and almost all of them live in very remote areas. It takes a lot of time to reach them. Roads are in bad conditions here in Uganda, and we usually have to travel on a motorbike. Now that we can leave the players with the women, they can listen to them and learn all this valuable things in between two of our visits. And we can talk about what they’ve learned when we come back.“ 

So far, due to our generous supporters, we’ve managed to raise S$ 7.015. This is awesome! Production costs of one player are around $ 10, so we have been able to finance 701 players up to now. Our goal is to raise another $2,985 - we know that this is an ambitious goal, but please keep supporting us and we will surely reach it soon. 

Right now, we are working on adding even more contents to our players for the Kyamulibwa groups. Thanks to the wonderful work of our project partner Projekthilfe Uganda e. V., there are some women’s groups who are already very focused on the topic of income generation activities. The staff members teach them how to establish their own little business; for example how to make soap and sell it, or how to improve their poultry keeping in a way that allows them to sell some eggs or maybe even a chicken from time to time. The women are very eager to learn, and they asked for additional contents to broaden their knowledge here. 

We are in the process of collecting and tailoring these information according to their local needs and will make them available on the players as soon as possible. For example, we recorded a full workshop about cattle farming in Luganda, the local language. As Sara described it so well: We can now bring the workshop to many women now instead of taking only a few women to the workshop. As our players can be easily updated in the field, adding new and additional information from time to time is no problem. 

Thank you so much for donating and making this possible!

 

Hier sind wir wieder mit Neuigkeiten aus unserem URIDU Projekt in Kyamulibwa, Uganda! Wie Sie wissen, besteht unser Ziel dort darin, 1.000 solarbetriebene MP3 for Life-Player zu finanzieren und zu verteilen. Die Player enthalten wichtige Informationen über Themen wie Gesundheit, Familie und Einkommensgenerierung für Landfrauen, die nicht lesen und schreiben können.  Schon im Oktober 2017 haben wir selbst während unseres Aufenthalt in Kyamulibwa mit der Verteilung der ersten 100 Player begonnen. Jetzt, wo wir wieder in Deutschland sind, haben die Mitarbeiter und Freiwilligen unseres Projektpartners (Projekthilfe Uganda e. V.) den Staffelstab übernommen und setzen die Verteilung fort.

Das Feedback der Frauen, die am Projekt teilnehmen, ebenso das der SozialarbeiterInnen vor Ort ist überwältigend positiv. Nachfolgenden finden Sie nur zwei der vielen Rückmeldungen, die uns mittlerweile schon erreicht haben. Die beiden Aussagen illustrieren sehr schön, warum unser Projektansatz dort so geschätzt wird:

Sara, Teilnehmerin einer der Projektgruppen, sagt:

"Frauen in Uganda müssen die gesamte Arbeitsbelastung in der Familie tragen: Sie arbeiten auf dem Feld, sie kochen, sie machen die Wäsche und andere Hausarbeiten. Sie müssen auf ihre Kinder aufpassen, und wenn es alte oder kranke Leute in der Familie gibt, müssen sie sich auch um diese kümmern. Sie können also nicht einfach weggehen, um an einem Workshop teilzunehmen, um etwas Neues zu lernen. Ihre Ehemänner wären sehr wütend, wenn sie irgendwohin gingen und dabei ihre Pflichten vernachlässigten. Sie müssen deshalb ihre ganze Arbeit erledigen, ehe sie irgendwohin gehen, und wenn das nicht möglich ist, weil es zu viel zu tun gibt, dürfen sie überhaupt nicht gehen. Die MP3 Player sind sehr hilfreich, denn die Frauen können sie mit nach Hause nehmen und sich die Inhalte nebenbei anhören, während sie ihre Arbeit tun. So müssen wir keine Workshops besuchen, sondern wir nehmen uns den Lehrer einfach mit nach Hause. Und die Ehemänner werden nicht wütend. Das ist sehr gut!"

Gertrud, Sozialarbeiterin von der Projekthilfe Uganda e. V., sagt:

"Dieser MP3-Player macht unsere Arbeit so viel einfacher und effektiver. Wir haben immer unser Bestes getan, um so oft wie möglich mit unseren Frauengruppen zusammenzukommen. Aber es gibt viele von ihnen, und fast alle von ihnen leben in sehr abgelegenen Gebieten. Es kostet viel Zeit, dorthin zu gelangen. Die Straßen in Uganda sind fast immer in schlechtem Zustand und wir müssen normalerweise mit dem Motorrad fahren. Jetzt, wo wir die Player bei den Frauen lassen können, können sie den Texten darauf zuhören und all diese wertvollen Dinge in der Zeit lernen, die zwischen unseren Besuchen bei ihnen liegt. Und wenn wir wieder bei ihnen sind, können wir mit ihnen darüber reden, was sie in der Zwischenzeit gelernt haben. "

Dank unserer großzügigen Unterstützer konnten wir bisher 7.015 S $ sammeln. Das ist fantastisch! Die Produktionskosten eines Players liegen bei 10 US-Dollar, sodass wir bisher schon 701 Player finanzieren konnten. Unser Ziel ist es jetzt, weitere $ 2.985 zu sammeln, um die 1000 Player voll zu machen. Wir wissen, dass das ein ehrgeiziges Ziel ist, aber bitte unterstützten Sie uns weiterhin, dann schaffen wir das sicher! 

Im Moment arbeiten wir daran, unseren Playern noch mehr Inhalte für die Kyamulibwa-Gruppen hinzuzufügen. Dank der wunderbaren Arbeit unseres Projektpartners Projekthilfe Uganda e. V. gibt es vor Ort bereits einige Frauengruppen, die sich sehr auf das Thema Einkommensgenerierung konzentrieren. Die Mitarbeiter von Projekthilfe bringen den Frauen bei, wie sie ihr eigenes kleines Geschäft aufbauen können; zum Beispiel, wie man Seife herstellt und verkauft, oder wie man seine Geflügelhaltung so verbessert, dass man von Zeit zu Zeit Eier oder vielleicht sogar ein Huhn verkaufen kann. Die Frauen sind alle sehr lernbegierig und haben nach zusätzlichen Inhalten hierzu gefragt, um ihr Wissen zu erweitern.

Wir sind nun gerade dabei, diese Informationen entsprechend ihrer lokalen Bedürfnissen zusammenzustellen und aufzubereiten. Sobald wie möglich werden wir dann die vorhandenen MP3-Player damit ergänzen. Beispielsweise haben wir bereits einen vollständigen Workshop über Viehzucht in Luganda, der lokalen Sprache, aufgezeichnet. Wie Sara es so schön beschrieben hat: Dank der Player können wir nun den Workshop zu vielen Frauen bringen, anstatt nur ein paar Frauen zum Workshop zu bringen. Da unsere Player auch leicht vor Ort aktualisiert werden können, ist das Hinzufügen neuer und zusätzlicher Inhalte von Zeit zu Zeit kein Problem.

Herzlichen Dank für Ihre Spenden, ohne die all dies gar nicht möglich wäre!

 

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Dec 5, 2017

Project Report Uganda (October 2017)

Women's group near Kyamulibwa receiving players
Women's group near Kyamulibwa receiving players

From October 19th to November 1st, 2017 we were traveling in Uganda. More specifically, in the region around Kyamulibwa, in southwestern Uganda (Masaka district). There we started distributing the first 100 URIDU players (another 400 will follow in the upcoming weeks and months). 

(Note for German donors / Für unsere deutschen Spender: Einen Link zur deutschen Version dieses Berichts finden Sie am Ende dieses Reports!) 

We went to Uganda for the second time; first time we had been there in April 2017 for evaluation and implementation of the first project steps. Our project partner in Kyamulibwa is Projekthilfe Uganda e. V., a German non-profit association based in Bruchsal-Büchenau (http://www.projekthilfe-uganda.de). In several decades, they have already set up a wonderful development project there, including schools, vocational training and even a small hospital. Their goal is to improve health care, facilitate basic vocational training and support better farming practices. All their projects are designed as self-help projects and supposed to work independently sooner or later. Of course, URIDU is a perfect fit for this approach!

On the second day of our stay we experienced (once again) how difficult health education in Africa usually is. Together with Thomas Mugisha, one of the health workers of the local hospital, we drove to a small neighboring village. We went on one of these motorbike taxis (called Bodaboda) which are the most important means of transportation everywhere. The village was really close by, but the arduous ride over loamy mogul pistes, muddy and slippery from the rain, still took us over twenty minutes. On the spot, Thomas picked up an old megaphone, mended a hundred times, and began to hold a speech about pneumonia and tuberculosis on the village square. He had printed out some of our URIDU contents and kept looking at his notes during his talk. Gradually, more and more curious people came to gather. After a while, about 40 people sat in front of Thomas and listened attentively to his words. 

 

As soon as he was done, people fired questions at him - not just about the health issues that he had been talking about, but also about many others. The nature of the questions made clear how little knowledge people had, and how quickly half-truths and rumors tend to fill this information gap: "My blood type is zero, I've heard that this blood type prevents you from getting AIDS?“ - "I've been told that one can falsify the result of the AIDS test by drinking a Coca-Cola before taking the test, is that true?“ No wonder - very few of those present have access to all the sources of information that we use to take for granted: books, newspapers, internet. Not even radio and television are available here, due to the lack of electricity in this village. Of the adults, only a few have attended school, and if so, then only for a very short time. Thomas told us that the chairman of the village had been asking many times for somebody from the hospital to come to the village and inform the inhabitants about some common diseases, symptoms and local treatment options. Shortage of staff had made it impossible so far, and now after two hours Thomas had to leave again. Originally, only an hour had been scheduled for his visit here, but given the flood of questions and concerns of the audience, he sacrificed his free time to extend his stay as much as possible. 

Imagine how laborious and at the same time inefficient this kind of health education is! No wonder that URIDU’s approach is so joyfully welcomed by so many aid organizations: Instead of only reaching occasionally very few people with great effort in manpower, our MP3 players permanently stay with the local people. They can listen to the information over and over again, at their own pace. A one-hour lecture like the one Thomas held in the village means pure information overload for rural people. Very little of what he said will be fully remembered in the end. Using our MP3 players, people can listen to our contents bit by bit, whenever they want to, as often as they want to. Even where there is no electricity. This way, lots of people can get lots of information on all kinds of health, family, and income generation issues.

But before anyone can listen to our contents, they must of course be translated into the local language and recorded by a native speaker. There are around 40 local languages spoken in Uganda. Luganda is widespread, spoken and understood by almost everyone in the southern and central parts of the country, and in Kyamulibwa as well. On the following photos you can see our "Studio Kyamulibwa“: Josephine, staff member of Projekthilfe Uganda e. V., supporting us in recording our texts on site, using a laptop and microphone donated by us. She was very enthusiastic! And she always laughed her head off when we came back from another player distribution trip and told her that her voice would now soon be heard all throughout Uganda!

In advance, we had already sent 100 of our MP3 players to Kyamulibwa, and when we arrived, they were already waiting there for distribution. The local Projekthilfe Uganda e. V. staff had already selected the women’s groups to receive the players. Together with Gertrud, Robert and Nicholas, we set out to visit these groups one by one, meet the women and bring them the MP3 players. Everywhere they awaited us with open arms - it was just touching!

Each group first told us a little about the participating women, the group's past activities and their current situation. The stories were all too often heartbreaking. Many of the women are either single parents anyway because many men in Africa tend to duck out of their paternal duties. Others are widows - AIDS is of course a common cause of death here, but serious traffic accidents are also commonplace and take their toll. Did you know that 90% of all fatal traffic accidents occur in developing countries? This is not really surprising given the horrible conditions of roads and vehicles and the almost complete lack of street lighting at night. A full family - father, mother, two or even three little children - on a motorcycle is a common sight (and none of them wearing a helmet, of course). Highly overloaded vehicles of all kinds are everywhere. Everything from the mattress to the coffin is transported on motorcycles, which can lead to very adventurous last-minute manoeuvres. Not all of them turn out all right. Surviving members of the family often are unaided women and children.

One of group leaders, a woman in her 50s, impressed us very much. She told us that her son had died and left three grandchildren behind. Both she herself and her husband were HIV-positive and desperately poor, living far from any civilization in one of the countless miserable mud huts of the area. A hopeless situation. But then a VSLA group formed in their village (the acronym stands for Village Savings and Loans Association). In these groups, women organize themselves (usually under the guidance of social workers) and start saving together. Of course, there are only tiny amounts that the women can save on a weekly basis, but these are paid into a common fund and jointly monitored and managed by the women. Should one of the women now need a loan for a major purchase (e. g. a goat), she can apply for it from the group’s collection fund. Payback modalities are negotiated among the group members and also strictly controlled by all of them. Thus, women are able to make smaller investments without having to pay the usurious interest rates that banks or local shylocks would charge them.

This group leader we were talking to had taken the opportunity to buy a small grain mill (similar to our former iron meat grinders) to grind collected seeds and grains into a kind of tea powder. She packed it in small plastic bags (which she welded with the help of a wire heated over a candle) and sold them at a nearby market. Doing so, not only did she succeed in sending her three grandchildren to one of the local boarding schools, but she was even able to build a small brick house for the family instead of the mud hut, which she proudly presented to us. In the midst of this house, the family had left a single wall of clay - as a reminder of how much worse they had been living before ... Moments like these remind us of the huge difference that really simple knowledge and skills can make in the lives of so many people. This is why our MP3 players are so important!

During two weeks, we visited numerous women's groups in the region of Kyamulibwa and heard many, many similar stories. The following pictures were taken during these player distribution trips. The distribution of the remaining players will be handled by the local team of Projekthilfe Uganda e. V. and be made in the coming weeks. Of course, we will continue to report!

In addition to the MP3 player distribution, we also launched a small spin-off project during our Kyamulibwa stay: the first installation of our URIDUPEDIA for Schools! As already mentioned, Projekthilfe Uganda e. V. have already set up several schools in Kyamulibwa; including two primary schools (St. Kizito and St. Leonard, grades 1-7) and a secondary school (Holy Family Secondary School, grades 8-13). The latter also has a small computer room containing about two dozens of Windows computers. Here, the students learn basic terms in dealing with computers, but there is no Internet access.

Since the computers are networked, installing an English version of our URIDUPEDIA content (slightly adapted to the needs of the students) on a central server was easy. In addition, we also installed the freely available WIKIPEDIA for Schools (a curated version of Wikipedia, containing about 6,000 articles about topics such as math, languages, science, literature, art, and more). Now, Holy Family Secondary School students can use these contents as if they were accessing the Internet. They will learn how to use an internet browsers as well as how to search online for, use and prepare information. Key skills they will surely benefit from a lot! School leaders, teachers and students alike were thrilled with these new opportunities. And we are pleased that our first pilot project URIDUPEDIA for Schools has started!

Another URIDU spin-off project very dear to us also took place during our stay in Kyamulibwa: a two-day workshop for girls and women teaching them the production of reusable sanitary pads. Most European women will hardly believe it, but monthly menstrual hygiene is a huge problem for women in many developing countries. Disposable sanitary products (sanitary pads or tampons) are generally not available at all. And even if they are (for example, in supermarkets of larger cities), they are completely unaffordable for most women. So they have to meddle with less-than-ideal solutions that are neither comfortable nor working well. On the contrary, these solutions almost inevitably lead to genital, bladder or kidney infections: dirty pieces of fabric, leaves or grass, for example. No wonder that girls in Africa miss an average of four school days a month just because they prefer to stay home during their period!

During our stay in April, we had established contacts with a small organization that, among other things, holds workshops for women and girls, teaching them the production of reusable sanitary pads. We spoke to the management of Projekthilfe Uganda e. V., and agreed that such a workshop in Kyamulibwa would be a good thing, not only for students, but also for women from the surrounding area. Thanks to the existing premises in the Holy Family school, the space problem was quickly solved and Projekthilfe Uganda e. V. also shouldered the costs of materials and trainers. The success of the workshop was overwhelming - we had expected about 50 participants, but in the end over 100 women and girls attended! For two days, they eagerly learned how to produce sanitary cotton pads. The sanitary napkins consist of various layers: a layer of cotton, a waterproof underneath (made of simple plastic, if necessary, even a piece of a garbage bag can be used here) and easily replaceable, washable and thus reusable inlays. As a result, these napkins are not only cost-effective, but also sustainable. And what’s more: they are hygienic!

In passing, many traditional myths and taboos about menstruation were also discussed and questioned during the workshop. Menstruating women are stigmatized in most places of Uganda - as they are in many developing countries. They are considered to be "unclean" and not allowed to do many things (such as harvesting fruits or vegetables or cooking food). The workshop leaders discussed all these topics with the participants. They also provided women with valuable knowledge about menstruation: why menstruation is important and a sign of health, what exactly happens during a menstrual cycle in a woman's body, and what to do about menstrual cramps. At the end of the two days, not only did each of the participants take home their own set of sanitary pads, but all of them were even more than motivated to pass on the newly acquired knowledge to the women in their respective environment. And so the main goal of URIDU - the spread of knowledge - was fully reached again! 

 

 

 

"Studio Africa" - recording of our texts
"Studio Africa" - recording of our texts
Installation "URIDUPEDIA for Schools" in Uganda
Installation "URIDUPEDIA for Schools" in Uganda
Field trip Player distribution to a Women's group
Field trip Player distribution to a Women's group
Workshop for making of sustainable Sanitary Pads
Workshop for making of sustainable Sanitary Pads
Family on a Bodaboda
Family on a Bodaboda

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