Pupils of Wianaka P7 during a school sensitization
STF-NYC/GLOBEMED PROJECT REPORT
Straight Talk Foundation-Nwoya Youth Center is in partnership with Globe Med at UCLA to implement sexual Health outreach project targeting youths in Anaka, Nwoya District in Northern Uganda. This year we are targeting to reach out to 3000 young youth in Anaka, Nwoya District.
Project objective: To make an impact on the lives of about 1000 youth in Nwoya district by allowing general youth groups as well as special needs groups access to sexual health education, services and supplies.
v To increase young people’s utilization of HIV prevention and other ASRH services at Nwoya youth Center in One year.
v To increase adoption of safer sex practices in adolescents through abstinence, condom use and reduced partners and faithfulness.
v To increase access to information and services for special needs groups in Nwoya district
Key project Activities.
- Sexual reproductive health outreaches to schools.
- Sanitary pads support to young girls.
- Training of senior women teachers.
- Goats Monitoring.
For the last three months starting January to march 2013, STF-NYC managed to reach out to a total of 1,062 youths (Male =427, Female = 635).
SUMMARY OF ACHIEVEMENTS
S/N ACTIVITIES PLANNED TARGET ACTUAL ACHIEVEMENT COMMENT
Sexual reproductive health outreaches to schools.
2000 (800male and 800 female)
962 (422 male,540 female)
This target was not easy to realize because the center relying on budgets from other projects at the center to reach out to the schools since the activities are related and supplements each other.
Sanitary pads support to young girls.
110 young girls
80 girls supported
Only 80 girls received disposable pads as we planned to start giving out reusable pads in the second quarter, and then can enroll all the 110 girls. The organization has already got a firm that will start supplying us with reusable pads this quarter.
Training of senior women teachers.
Yet to be implemented in this second quarter.
20 young mothers
20 young mothers monitored
Out of the 20 young mothers given goats only 15 of them are taking good care of their goats. An average of 3 goats per each young mother. It was noticed that these goats were given while they were very young and it takes time to start bearing young ones.
- Sexual reproductive health outreaches to schools: Nwoya youth center conducted a total of 15 school outreach sensitization and 9 community outreach sensitization on sexual reproductive health in Anaka and Purongo Sub-counties- Nwoya District.
The outreaches helps the youth to discuss and get information about sexual reproductive health, life skills and sexuality issues that affects their life so that they are able to make informed decision regarding their health by adopting to safer sex practices and utilization of reproductive health services for a healthy generation of youths. At least 50% of the youths know most of the basics concerning sexual reproductive health.
This can be seen by the increase in the utilization of condoms (10,00pieces), IEC materials (5,000 copies), youth accessing safe male circumcision and youths accessing STI’s treatment at the various health centers in Nwoya.
The center reached a total of 962 adolescents with sexual reproductive health messages (422 males, 540 females).
Quotes: “this program helps the pupils to stay and live a healthy life free of HIV and also encourages pupils to remain at school. Right now I help to advice my peers against doing bad things and I respect my parents and teachers.” Nickson 15 years, P5, Got Apwoyo Primary school.
- Sanitary pads support to young girls: The sanitary pads support is intended to promote girl child education through retention and regular school attendance by young girls. The beneficiaries of these pads now have no reason to abscond or drop out of school since they have regular supply of these pads throughout the year, so need only to concentrate on studies. The schools and parents of these girls are very thankful to Globemed and Nwoya youth center for this initiative and they are ready to support this initiative as they have seen great improvement in performance among their girls and good concentration on studies.
A total of 80 young girls from seven different schools are benefiting from the supply of these sanitary pads while the rest of the school community are benefiting from the sexual reproductive health sensitization and are informed on making good use of the local materials to make local pads and be informed on issues concerning their body changes and health.
The beneficiary schools for the pads include; Kulamuka Primary school, Bidati Primary school, Alokolum Gok Primary school, Aparanga Primary school, Purongo Primary school, Oruka Primary school and Gotapwoyo Primary school.
Quote: I feel very relieved while using disposable pads. I come to school with confidence and attend lessons without any interference unlike those days when I would not be stable in class due to menstruation.
- Goats monitoring: this project is benefiting 20 young mothers and each young mother received 2 goats (male and female). All these goats are healthy and doing well according to the monitoring report. Most beneficiaries as per now have 3 goats on average.
Quote: “I feel empowered since its easier for me to get loan and in case my child is sick, I can sell one goat to help treat him especially when I don’t have any other source of money”..........., Oliver, a young mother from Lamoki village in anaka.
- Youth friendly activities eg Games and sports, counseling, IEC material distribution and health talk at the center.
ü Thanks to Globemed for improving on the youth center games and sports facilities like football,net ball, volley ball, Ludo, draft,snake and ladder and scrable. This has attracted more youths at the center coming to play and get information on sexuality,SRH and life skills as they are involved into health talk and counseling. The center recieves 30-50 youths each day on average.
ü The center also distributed IEC material to the young adolescents both to in school and out of school youth to help reach them with knowlegde on SRH, sexuality and life skills so that they grow up healthy and able to take good decision that does not put their life at a risk. A total of 5,000 copies of straight talk and young talk papers were distributed to the young adolescents this quarter at the static center and outreach sites.
ü Condoms awareness and distribution to young adolescents: A total of 10,000 pieces of condoms were distributed freely to the young adolescents during this quarter as a way of promoting safer sex practices and utilization of sexual reproductive health services to protect against STI’s and promotes family planning practices among the youths. The majority beneficiaries of these condoms are mostly youth out of school. The challenge here is the lack of female condoms especially for females interested.
These condoms are being supplied by the ministry of health through Anaka hospital to Nwoya youth center.
ü Health talk is done to create a forum for peers to freely discuss issues that affects their life and are guided to provide solutions for these problems. The common issues raised and discussed by the peers include STI’s, sexuality and life skills.
[A group of youth attending health talk at the youth center.]
The list of the 12 schools reached with STF/NYC-Globemed project in Anaka and Purongo Sub-counties this quarter.
S/N Name of school in Purongo Parish
1 Purongo Primary school Pawatomero
2 Purongo hill Primary school Pawatomero
3 Aparanga Primary school Paromo
4 Olwiyo Primary school Pawatomero
5 Oruka Primary school Paromo
6 Got Apwoyo Primary school Latoro
S/N Name of school in Anaka Parish
1 Anaka Primary school Nwoya TC
2 Anaka central Primary school Nwoya TC
3 Kulu amuka Primary school Kuluamuka
4 Alokulum Gok Primary school Pabali
5 Patira Primary school Ywaya
6 Bidati Primary school Pangora
- It took the center time to find out a firm/company producing reusable pads in Uganda until this year 2013 that is when the center came into contact with Afripads who is going to supply us.
- Unstable power source to help facilitate office work and this make it difficult to run the office.
- Transport facility to help implement project work is a problem. The center has one motorbike in good condition that it uses to do project work, one bike is down and the other one was taken back after the project ended.
- Riding gears like helmets, jackets, boots and gloves are a big challenge and this puts our security in danger together with the Grow Team.
- Inadequate office space to implement project work effectively.
- Delayed funding and only funding for sanitary pads was transferred.
- Need to process and transfer the funds early to help timely implementation of activities.
- Need to allow the Globemed partner within Gulu to take over and continue with the sanitary pad project since Globemed partnership with Nwoya youth center is soon ending.
- Training of the senior women teachers will be done in the second quarter which starts April – June 2013.
- Need to take note of the GROW team means of transport especially when we are going to the field since the center has challenges of transport facilities.
- The center request that Globemed through the GROW team may donate for the center a camera since the one we had is no longer functioning.
Report compiled by: Alfred Olweny
Center coordinator Nwoya Youth Center
0774848448 / 0716848448
Email: Alfred.email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
“TO GETHER WE CAN”
Bidati Primary school pupils receiving pads
In the photo, Oliver with her 3 goats.
Youth relaxing as they play games
Youth relaxing as they play games
Pupils posing with copies of Young Talk
A group of youth attending health talk