2018年2月18日日曜日

Introduction of SORAK, our partner organization in Uganda♪


SORAK having a meeting with HIV/AIDS women group
We would like to introduce our partner local organization in Uganda, SORAK(Strategic Organization for real Acton -Kampala  (SORAK) Development Agency. SORAK and Global Bridge Network (GBN) has been conducting “Improvement of school environment to combat Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) challenges to Stop Adolescent Girls’ School Dropouts in Uganda” and “Environmental Protection through Expanding Lemon grass growing and Education in Uganda “since 2017.

SORAK was started in 2003, following a study conducted in rural Mubende district about the effects and causes of wife battering. SORAK therefore, initially started by addressing issues of gender-based violence as HIV/AIDs.

By 2010, SORAK had extended its scope and actively implemented projects in the areas of ; advocacy, livelihood, environment and agriculture, water and sanitation, education, community mobilization and capacity building, children, women and persons with disabilities (PWDs) rights promotion and protection within the framework of the named project and activities.

Vision: Improved quality of life for vulnerable women, youth and children in Uganda.


Monitoring the community

Precious Child Center, the primary school run by SORAK

School Children in Precious Child Center

Lemongrass distrilator owned by SORAK 

We will introduce 2 members of SORAK.

Mr. Muhammad Kyeyune

 Muhammad 
SORAK's Executive Director 

Mr. Muhammad Kyeyune who established SORAK, the Executive Director. 

A social worker, educationist and a social entrepreneur holds an MBA (HRM), BA(SWSA), Diploma in Education and Diploma in Rights Based approach and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights-

Muhammad has got special bias in the areas of Organizational development and assessment, Documentation and Report writing, Project Design and management-with a niche in proposal/grant writing and business planning, Community development and mobilization, conducting socio-economic and baseline surveys, Conducting sensitization and awareness campaigns, Advocacy and lobbying, Conducting project evaluations and Evaluations, Developing Institutional Promotional Materials, Designing community based monitoring and evaluation systems(CBMES), strategic planning, Mainstreaming and analysing gender issues Disability and HIV/AIDS.


Muhammad lisning to women's voice

 Here is the message from Mr. Muhammad about his motivation to manage SORAK as follows.

“For the past 15 years, I have had a strong concern for the living conditions of the rural communities in Mubende district. This is an area in which I was born and raised. Through my studies at the university and my practice as a teacher as well as a social worker and human resource management specialist I have come to learn that it is possible to alleviate the problems of; human rights abuse, poor health, gender based violence, sexual and reproductive health, HIV and AIDS and Tuberculosis (TB), environmental degradation, poor sanitation and hygiene, poor education and lack of employable skills, low incomes and poverty through well designed and meaningful focused intervention programs. 

The challenge to the creation and operation of these programs, however, is twofold. First, there does not exist the required resources and funding to assist the vulnerable communities in improving their situation. And second, there has not existed a community pro-poor focused approach to assist in delivering the necessary and relevant intervention in a timely and meaningful manner.

Research suggests that the most powerful way to affect the wellbeing of the poor rural communities, is through the improved understanding of the situation that precipitate poverty and suffering. Muhammad through SORAK is motivated and driven by the desire to assist rural poor communities in the local community location, close to where the poor and the suffering are living.”


Ms.Hadijah

Hadijah,
SORAK's Programmers Manager


Hadijah Nakiruuta, Programmes Manager in SORAK as well as our sister; holds a Degree of Bachelor of Community and Adult education. She has four years’ experience in community work mainly in youth and HIV/AIDS related programmes for both in-school and out-of-school youth among other livelihood projects in Mubende.

She has also worked with single and HIV and AIDS widowed mothers as well as Commercial Sex Workers. She has good Negotiation skills, Computer skills, Leadership & Management skills and public relation skills, Analytical skills, Administration and management skills, Lobbying and Advocacy skills.


Hadijah giving a speech in front of school kids

 Here the message from Ms.Hadijah about her motivation working in SORAK as follows.

“For the past 4 years of working with SORAK Development Agency, I have gotten a chance of working closely with vulnerable women and adolescent girls and this is where my passion lies.

Mostly women and girls are subjected to gender based violence and on a large extent gender based violence affects women and girls so always my major focus is on empowering women economically for them to be able to start some income generating activities with a reason of promoting economic independence among women and am happy that women are now operating small businesses and having livelihood stock businesses and am happy that I always mentor them.

Another thing I like is working with adolescent girls giving them career guidance plus building their capacity for them to defend themselves from sexual abuses and exploitation.

Currently the major challenge that I face and SORAK at large during the course of implementation is the scope of coverage. Many other vulnerable persons always express the urgent need for our intervention but we are always limited by funds to cover wider geographical scope.

I thank our partners for the support they provide to see that the quality of life among our rural vulnerable persons in Mubende is improved.”


We believe SORAK deeply understand local people’s needs since they work close to the communities. Their activities are so passionate and serious; therefore GBN can trust them to work together. We can’t achieve our projects success in Uganda without their efforts.

GBN and SORAK are really appreciating your continuous support.

Thank you very much!

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2018年1月20日土曜日

Field visit to monitor the lemon grass project in Uganda

Report on the field trip in Uganda

Maiko Ohnishi from Global Bridge Network (GBN) from Global Bridge Network visited a Japan Fund for GlobalEnvironment supported project which deals in expansion of lemon grass cultivation and environmental protection in Uganda.

Ohnishi visited the youth who previously participated in the lemongrass cultivation and environmental protection training.

This picture shows the lemongrass he cultivated after the completing the training.
 
Youth who took a training



Youth started lemon grass growing in his area
 The land is filled with gravel and granite rocks but lemongrass is a very strong and when properly cultivated, can grow in between stones and rocks. 

Lomongrass growing between the rocks
This helps in preventing soil degradation by water runoff which finally leads to environmental conservation.  


Somkes burning cultivated area by local residents 
On the other hand, the smoke seen at the background of above picture shows the residents burning land including cultivated areas. Burning of land leads to environmental degradation and from here we can tell that the general public has poor knowledge about environmental conservation. 


Local NGO, SORAK CEO showing how to cut grass for youth

Such a small child helping

Increase in environmental protection awareness training is therefore very important in the future. Creating environmental conservation awareness among school children can also contribute to environmental protection. Thus, our project includes teaching children in local schools about the environment.

SORAK buys the lemon grass after it is harvested. The first harvest is done just 3-4 months after planting and each tone of harvested raw lemon grass is bought at about 285 USD. This income helps to send a child to school for a year.



SORAK owns lemongrass distillator

Putting lemongrass

View from the front

Build a fire

 
Essential lemongrass oil 
 Lemongrass oil is extracted from the lemongrass at the distillery owned by SORAK and the sales are used to improve (household) income.  
 
The youth who receive training go on to cultivate lemongrass which results in both environmental protection and income improvement. This project therefore has a positive impact and GBN will continue to support it.  Thank you!

Next report will be about the "environmental education and awareness campaigns" conducted in local schools for children 

*This project is supported by Japan Fund for Global Environment of the Environmental Restoration (JFGE) and by Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency (ERCA)




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2018年1月17日水曜日

Report on the session ’Training of Youth & Women in lemon grass growing and environmental protection’

Hello, this is Global Bridge Network (GBN)!
This time, we are going to report on ‘Environmental Protection through Expanding Lemon grass growing and Education in Uganda’
Actually, this is our first report regarding an Environmental Program in Uganda!



Objectives of the program
1.     To train Youth and Women to protect and conserve the environment through involving them in lemongrass growing.
2.     To discuss possible ways regarding environmental protection by laying strategies and ways of growing lemongrass.

4 trainings in total (Youth and Women 2 times respectively) were held in two different areas in Mubende. A total of 101 youth plus 99 women participated!
The trainings were also attended by the sub county chief and the chairperson which makes us believe that these people have a strong interest on environmental protection in their area.

Date of sessions
Training for Women20th April & 26th May 2017
Training for Youth27th April & 1st June, 2017

Contents of the sessions are as follows,
Training course for the youth
      Sensitize them about the importance of lemongrass growing and promote a strong environmental conservation by the use of laws
      The need for the youth to know their current role in protecting the environment and the importance in engaging the youth in lemon grass growing

Training course for the women
      Sensitize them about the importance of lemongrass growing and it being an income generating activity plus a measure to improve livelihoods.
      Enlighten them about the highest levels of unemployment amongst women and the need for them to involve in environmental protection i.e. women’s maximum efforts to environmental restoration through using approaches like lemon grass growing.

These trainings successfully led to discuss pertinent issues causing the massive environmental deterioration in their area among participants including the sub county leading team, the women and youth. The trainings also enabled members to find a new direction in regards to considering lemongrass growing as a best practice towards environmental conservation and as an income generating activity as well.

One youth leader was quoted saying, “This training has really opened my eyes as I didn’t know that lemon grass can protect the environment and as well enable me earn money for a living.  I will plant it as soon as the planting tuffs are distributed.”

By implementing these trainings, we have faith that the youth and women will realize that lemongrass growing is effective for environmental protection and income generation!  

Please review the details in the reports below,

Next report will be about the field visit made by Ohnishi from GBN to monitor this project through visiting a youth who conducted lemon grass growing.


Thank you so much and see you soon!

*This project is supported by Japan Fund for Global Environment of the Environmental Restoration (JFGE) and by Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency (ERCA)



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2018年1月4日木曜日

Report on a baseline survey and impact assessment

A Happy New Year


Global Bridge Network (GBN) has started 2 new projects with our partner, SORAK Development Agency in Uganda in 2017 and all projects are to kept on going till 2018. We really appreciate all your kindly cooperation and supports.

We would like to report about the baseline survey and impact assessment of the “Improvement of school environment to combat Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) challenges to Stop Adolescent Girls’ School Dropouts in Uganda”.


The baseline survey was conducted in April, 2017 so as not only to understand the current situations but also be able to implement this project as much effective as possible.

Assessment ongoing at St. Josephs’ Kibalinga Primary school (Baseline survey)

We also conducted the impact assessment in October, 2017 to evaluate the completed project and it would help to propose suggestions for the next project in 2018.
Through these reports, we hope you to understand the reason why we conducted this project and find the effectiveness. We would highly appreciate it if you could also check other activity reports.

Baseline Survey
This survey was made for clarification of current situations about improper Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM), lack of teacher and parents’ understanding, and support from the government which was done through interviewing school girls who already experienced menstruation.

A quoted part of the report.
“School administrators, teachers and senior women teachers and school children agree that there is an urgent need to supply MHM commodities. It was also stated that these MHM commodities should come along with training, washroom infrastructure supply and involving female parents in the making of reusable sanitary pads in order to make the activity acceptable and sustainable.”

Please see more details!

Impact Assessment
The MHM and reusable sanitary pad making were conducted to school girls and boys, teachers and guardians. We would like to introduce some parts of the results of these training as follows.

Discussion at Lwawuna Primary school (Impact Assessment)
 31.3% of the respondents confessed to have learnt and had started putting into practice the basis on proper MHM.
 37.5% of the respondents were proud to have acquired skills on how to make reusable pads and to use them.
 Girls never used to talk to their parents and guardians about menstrual issues. However after the training 6.3% acknowledged to have started opening up to their guardians. After the training, it was noted that girls and their parents have started open discussions about sexual reproductive health and menstrual hygiene management issues. Even parents who had not participated had learnt from their friends that they have to have open discussions with their daughters and had started disclosing.

Besides, the boys’ behavior changed towards menstruation. After the sensitization, they were no longer laughing at girls. They helped with sweaters and jackets in case of an accident and when they see a girl with a stained dress they ask other girls to help or inform a female teacher.

School attendance during menstruation was also improved. Missing school in the past 3 months because of menstruation periods: 95% of the female pupils who were interviewed noted that they were no longer missing school because of periods.

Please see more details!

With these results, we believe that this project could contribute to the improvement of educational environment among school girls. We will try to continue and expand this project. We really appreciate your endless support and cooperation!

GBN hopes for happiness to you all and as well wish you a great 2018!!
Thank you very much.


*This project is supported by Lush Japan Co., Ltd.




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