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Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth

by Centre for Youth Driven Development Initiatives
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth
Youth doing Yoga
Youth doing Yoga

Exciting Sanyuka Fitness programs attracts a huge community base to a regular physical activity at the youth center! (Sanyuka is a Lugandan word meaning Be Happy). The first of its kind in the rural community. Normally the rich go the gyms for a pay while here it’s absolutely free of charge.

In rural communities, Individual’s day-to-day activities may involve physical labour (e.g. gardening, construction, collecting water, etc). But this does not mean that they are obtaining all the benefits that they could be from doing dedicated physical activity like circuit, Yoga and Zumba.

Yoga is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation

Zumba is an aerobic fitness program featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance and performed primarily to Latin American dance music.

Some Participants who come to classes on a regular basis benefit from weight control, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, reduced risk for type 2 diabetes, reduced risk of some cancers, strengthen bones and muscles, improved mental health, and improved agility.

There are additional benefits that can be obtained from participating in group exercise. Group exercise is typically described as exercise performed by a group of individuals led by an instructor. Research has found that there are added benefits to be obtained from group exercise. For example, there is a sense of cohesion that leads people to work harder and have better attendance to classes. People are found to have elevated moods when they exercise in groups, potentially due to the release of the same chemicals in our body that make other group activities (such as religious gatherings) so enjoyable for some people.

One of the participants an adult woman and a mother in her words said “ its more private and interesting  when you exercise together in a bigger hall than running around the whole village.

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CFYDDI Brings  to the community the first World AIDS Day comemoration activity 2016 at the center with a candlelight vigil to honour all those who have lost their lives to AIDs as we remeber that World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.

Here at CFYDDI we has attended events throughout Uganda in the past. However, in an effort to make our events local and to allow a greater number of people to participate in the learning opportunity presented by this day, we are glad to inform you that the center is getting ready each time with your support to hosted events at community level. a celebration at our centre on this day brought more than 100 community members to the event, including representation from 12 local schools,health workers, teachers, peer educators, community village health team representatives, opnion leaders, CFYDDI staff, children and local government representatives.

The event began with opening remarks from staff members and our patrons from local schools. Our patron at Spire High School, Simon, told students that they need to protect themselves and avoid people who will disconnect them from their future. If they are interested in becoming involved with an individual, it is important for both individuals to go for testing and to know their status.

When welcoming everyone to CFYDDI, our behaviour change and communications manager  made the important point that “we may not be infected, but we are all affected”. While you might not personally be infected, chances are that we know someone infected with HIV. It affects all of our lives, which is why it was inspiring to see many people at this event who were keen to learn and share their experiences in order to make a difference.

Speeches continued throughout the event from many different individuals. The remarks released by UNAIDS to mark this years World AIDS day was presented, along with information about the HIV/AIDS situation in Canada and Austria. Many of the teachers present gave valuable and wise information and advice to the students. The students presented many original skits, poems, and songs about HIV/AIDS. They were all well thought out and tackled many of the issues surrounding HIV, such as the stigma people face.

A highlight of the day was the information presented by Nurse Kalyankolo Charles on HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B. Dr.Nyinoburyo’s talk was enlightening to everyone in the audience as no one had discussed Hepatitis B before.

The following is an excerpt from the information he presented:

Hepatitis B is a contagious liver disease that ranges from a severity of a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness. It is 50-100 times more infectious than HIV. Hepatitis B can be either “acute” or “chronic”.

Globally, an estimated 240 million people are chronically infected with hepatitis B. More than 686,000 people die every year due to complications of hepatitis B. In Uganda, 10% of the population is living with chronic hepatitis B (about 3.5 million people).

The day concluded with a candlelight vigil to honour all those who have lost their lives to AIDs. Everyone was very peaceful and reflective as they paid respect to the deceased. Everyone was told to take their candle home with them, to remember to continue shining a light on the issues they learned about today, and to keep that light and passion lit within themselves.

The first World AIDS Day celebration and Candle ligt Vigil held at CFYDDI was a grand success, and we hope that it is only the first of many to come. we continue to appreciate all people who have contributed towards building the community youth center where community has liberty and chance to get involved with each other, to reflect, meet and learn.

 

 

 

 

Student acting a skit on HIV/AIDS
Student acting a skit on HIV/AIDS
Medical guest speaker
Medical guest speaker
During the candle light
During the candle light
alarming statistics in education Sector  of Uganda
alarming statistics in education Sector of Uganda
Young people meditating through the World AIDS Day
Young people meditating through the World AIDS Day

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Children play after a learning break
Children play after a learning break

Thanks for being involved in CFYDDI outreach! Big dreams are accomplished when many hearts and hands join together to offer what they can because together we can change the world.

With your support, you have given Children, Youth, and Women at the Center for Youth Driven Development Initiatives smiles and platform to play, interact, have fun, and develop our talents and the enthusiasm of learning and the radiance of being in a place!

With new perspectives, 31 children have been enrolled aged 3-7 on an early Childhood Development program an opportunity to attend pre-school. This is a community program that is tailored to help children acquire problem solving, communication skills and readiness skills to join primary schools. This program uses a holistic approach to give rural and less privileged children an extremely vital foundation ahead of their primary education. The child interacts, engages in learning through providing him/her with an opportunity to discover, explore, and develop their abilities, talents, and strength.

One of the community parents had this to say;Am glad such programs happen because my daughter Florence will be able to utilize her time profitably and study just like children from wealth families. I can’t afford her school fees as her step father refused to support her studies saying that her being girl she will find a man to marry her anyway remark mama Florence whose 8year old girl failed to join school due to financial challenges.

Friends, to make this dream possible, we still invite you on board! Kindly donate towards completing the center conference hall which is the study and community converging area.

Also you can be a child sponsor! Sponsor in memory of a loved one.

½ Sponsorship is $ 20 a month

Full sponsorship is $ 40 a month

And as a child sponsor you will be giving the gift of hope to vulnerable and most in need rural community children.

If we have got you interested, kindly pass it onto a friend, cooperation and foundations that you hope would love to give a chance to better societies. If you have supported before, thank you so much for your support.

We hope this helps you understand how vital and life changing your donation is to us! Big Hugs from all of us here and when you have a chance to Visit Uganda kindly let us know as we are looking forward to welcoming you here at the center.

Term assessment for the children
Term assessment for the children
Young people in studio when recording CFYDDI song
Young people in studio when recording CFYDDI song
CFYDDI_ Team Galax performing for crowds at center
CFYDDI_ Team Galax performing for crowds at center
During a parenting meeting at the center
During a parenting meeting at the center
Children party at the center wiz Medical students
Children party at the center wiz Medical students

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Children learn to write on the ground.
Children learn to write on the ground.

Hello team, It’s exciting every time to realize how much your support helps to respond to the development needs of our community.  To you all our development partners who generously contribute to CFYDDI initiatives to make things possible, The space now at CFYDDI has expanded only left with the need to furnish, fixing shutters and equipping the facility with supportive operational tools. With the space now available, the early childhood development program takes a central position at the center!!! And this is a great break- through in our effort to wipe out or even scale down escalating illiteracy levels in our communities and the country at large.

Mostly teenage bearing mothers and fathers who cannot afford education due to failure to complete school for various reasons; such young parents always have no option but to decide to bring their children to spend school time at CFYDDI library/ community center as opposed to staying home because of lack of school fees. This made it necessary to initiate and establish and expand the Early Childhood Development.

The Early childhood development program focuses on providing specialized education and training programmes for the disadvantaged, vulnerable groups and gifted children aged between 3-7 years old to learn how to solve problems, communicate and have them ready to join primary schools. This program uses a holistic approach to give a child an extremely vital foundation ahead of their primary education. The child interacts, engages in learning through providing him/her with an opportunity to discover, explore and develop their abilities, talents and strength.

Unlike before, now with the conference building offers users enough space for personal study, revision and do group activities with minimal interruptions.

 “This holiday program has been the most amazing, I had time and space to do my holiday package work” remarked Janet aged 7 in primary one.

Over 50 children and youth (between 3 and 18) accessed the facility every day! In the past to satisfactorily handle these different ages that had different reading needs in the library space challenged us. Now with a multipurpose building this bring in new energy, as CFYDDI‘s dream of housing many young people at a time is being fulfilled.

Our special gratitude goes to you all our individual and collective development partners through the GlobalGiving platform, to ORAG, BILD and AHF for your continued support and cooperation in the implementation of this framework that will provide for generations to come a landmark achievement in benchmarking for the nation’s development standards.

During a break moment
During a break moment
During the class time
During the class time
Children inside the library
Children inside the library
learners doing work at the center
learners doing work at the center
Christine our care giver/ teacher at the center
Christine our care giver/ teacher at the center
work with out play? .......
work with out play? .......
Love for books!!!
Love for books!!!
interest in learning begins with doing class work
interest in learning begins with doing class work
All eyes on their teacher!
All eyes on their teacher!

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CFYDDI Multi Purpose Conference Hall
CFYDDI Multi Purpose Conference Hall

Yesterday, 8 March, the community of mothers, artists, teachers, businesspersons, youth, children, and staff gathered at the Centre to celebrate International Women’s Day. Every person squeezed their chairs to have a glimpse of inspirational speakers for the day as well as watching the documentaries projected on the library wall. The crowds were excited, hopeful, and warming up for a much larger and accommodating space – the conference hall facility yet to be completed!

By the time the conference hall is completed, we will be able to provide necessary tool to help us address local needs through providing unique community services which will cater to the economic, educational, and health needs of our community through direct service provision.

Thanks to your support! With the funding that we have already acquired through development partners, individual as well as collective contributions through Global Giving, we have succeeded in constructing a community library, facility toilet that only needs flushing water and tiles, and a facility kitchen that needs installation and underground water collection tank. We are so excited to have started the construction of the multipurpose conference hall, as it will perform a variety of functions, including hosting community events and a training space for the child literacy, ICT, and entrepreneurship programs among others. Thus enhancing community development!

We hope by end of this year that we will be welcoming you all for the official opening of the facilities. We are so grateful

Center Kitchen on top of underground water tank
Center Kitchen on top of underground water tank
Painted Community library facility
Painted Community library facility
A young panelist during a discussion on womens day
A young panelist during a discussion on womens day
A mother giving inspirational talk on womens day
A mother giving inspirational talk on womens day
Participants that attended the center womens Day
Participants that attended the center womens Day

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Centre for Youth Driven Development Initiatives

Location: Gayaza, Wakiso District - Uganda
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Enoch Magala
Gayaza, Wakiso District Uganda
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