Aug 1, 2013

Field Report July 2013

Peer Educator with Ruth ToT team leader Kasese
Peer Educator with Ruth ToT team leader Kasese

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:

  • Annet said that Act4frica Uganda should train other female trainers and peer educators to empower them as done for Kahendero community through such  members
  • Another Trainee said: ‘I have learnt how easily the whole community can get infected with HIV as a result of risky behaviours like unprotected sex’.
  • Another trainee said we need to sensitise the community more about the leadership roles of women and men.

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 !       

Apr 26, 2013

Field Report April 2013

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.

Jan 22, 2013

Field Report on Brighter Futures - January 2013

Girl effect training session
Girl effect training session

This last quarter we have been delighted to be able to bring Act4Africa Jinja District into our “girl effect”  training programme. Patrick Kigongo our project manager said  “ We express our gratitude for the generous funding and support extended to Act4Africa JInja, through the “girl effect” project”.

Patrick notes that statistically, Uganda is still struggling with combating the HIV scourge in the sub Saharan region, with the current prevalence standing at a stubborn and staggering 6.7per cent.  Therefore, this girl effect training program is very timely and complements the government’s efforts by   addressing issues of gender that are part of the  predisposing factors to HIV spread,  as well as making a difference in the lives of communities here.

This last quarter Patrick and his team have so far managed to reach over 80 beneficiaries, including Girl Guides and in-school holiday clubs with the gender program.

Here below, is what some of the beneficiaries we trained had to say:

I am  Flavia, a 20 years old school girl in Jinja. Through the Girl Effect gender workshop I have got a chance to learn about love and negotiation.  I  never knew that one has a right to negotiate for sex. I have also learned about stigma and gender. I thank   Act4Africa for such a good program and I will do, and follow what has been taught to me

I am Mercy, an 18 years old and a student in Jinja District. Through the Act4Africa "Girl Effect" Gender training I have learnt a lot, from domestic violence, to stigma in society, But the training on sex and negotiation touched me most and I have come to realize that in a marriage life, women are more intimidated and have little say when it comes to issues concerning sex. So couples should learn communication skills, a foundation of love, trust and mutual understanding. Both husband and wife should agree on something before embarking on it. With this training, I will help my peers, friends and especially the married ones.

I am Martha, 19 years old. Through the “girl effect” gender training I have learnt that there is no work or roles just composed for a single different gender. I also learnt many things through the  gender dramas , for example many lessons  that will make me to have the best family in future. I will work hand in hand with my future husband  and also teach other women that women also have rights and can make decisions on their own and even negotiate for sex.

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