Karamoja Connect is our youth empowerment innovation relying on ICT and mentorship to give space to young people in Karamoja to learn about sexual and reproductive health (SRH) processes in their communities and become youth advocates. The program is implemented by Reach A Hand, Uganda (RAHU) with support from UNFPA Uganda. It comprises of three main components; youth empowerment, advocacy, and monitoring of SRH related issues in Karamoja.
Overall Goal of the Program
Youth in Karamoja are empowered to actively participate in their communities, advocate for youth related issues, and hold key duty bearers accountable for providing youth friendly SRH and HIV/AIDS services.
Objectives of the Karamoja Connect Program
- To empower and build the capacity of young people in the Karamoja region to be youth advocates for SRH related issues, with an emphasis on HIV.
- To provide a platform for young people to monitor youth related activities and adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) services in the Karamoja region.
- To collect and analyze rough data on the ASRH and HIV situation in Karamoja to be used for youth advocacy purposes on a district and national level.
- To provide a platform for youth champions and key duty bearers in ASRH and HIV to interact and to encourage conversation regarding the role of youth in the community.
How Karamoja Connect Program works
Fourteen select youth from Karamoja are provided with information and the necessary skills to enable their empowerment to advocate for and monitor the provision of youth friendly SRH and HIV/AIDS services in the region. The selected young people act as youth advocacy champions through the Karamoja Connect program to hold key duty bearers accountable for the provision of youth friendly sexual and reproductive health services.
The youth champions in Karamoja are trained in basic ICT, advocacy and monitoring skills regarding the quality of youth friendly SRH services with an emphasis on access to HIV/AIDS services and information. Each youth leader is assigned to an outstanding member of the community who is involved in district affairs, SRH, and/or youth related activities to mentor them throughout the project.
Meet the Youth Champions
Onyanga Robert is a 19 year old out of school youth from Nakapiripirit District, Achegeretolim Parish and Nabilatuk Sub county. At the moment, he is the chairperson of one of the Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs) in his village.
Robert Okongo19 years old, is from Kaabong district in Karenga sub county in Karenga Parish. He wants to be a teacher serving in a government school when he grows up.
Loru Charles Lobingo is an 18 year old out of school youth from Loroo sub-county Loroo Parish in Amudat District
Lydia Longoli is a 19 year old out of school youth from Kotido District. She studied upto Senior Four in 2014 with support from the GEM Scholarship which phased out in Karamoja.
Lokongo Leonard is a 19 year old out of school youth from Matanyi sub county, Napak district Morulinga Parish. He is tailor by profession and owns a reaction center where he earns a living.
Awii Rhoda is a 16 year old out of school youth from Alerek Sub county in Abim District. She wants to be an engineer when she goes back to school.
Bernard Jiakol Markis from Nadunget sub county Moroto district. He is an 18 year old out of school teaching in a Nachele community Early Childhood Development (ECD) school in Moroto District.
Evaline Imen is a 19 year old volunteer at the Youth corner in Kapedo Health Center III. She comes from Kapedo parish, Kapedo sub-county in Kabbong district.
Ichuman Juliana is an S.3 student at St. Kizito SS in Nakapiripirit District. She comes from iriri village in Napak District. She 18years old.
Abura Fatuma is a 17 year old in-school youth from Amudat district and an S.3 student at Pokot Senior Secondary School, Amudat District.
Akech Godwill Florence is 18 years old and she is a Senior Five student at Morulem Girls’ Secondary School. She lives in Abim town council, Akado Rymriamriam village, in Abim District.
Akech Patricia Euniceis an 18 year old youth champion from Napak District. She is currently a student at Kangole Girls’ School in Senior Five Sciences.
Apio Deborah is 18 years old and she hails from Lomokola village in Kotido District born in a family of eight children. She is the sixth born.
Meet the Mentors
Request For Quotations: SRHR Consultancy Services
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Reach A Hand Uganda in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), RAHU seeks to register a Ugandan chapter of the African Youth and Adolescents Network (AfriYAN), an umbrella network for youth led and youth serving organisations, where they will work together to ensure that young people in Uganda are empowered and aware of their Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights. The Ugandan chapter will be a networking, capacity building, resource mobilisation as well as a joint advocacy platform for member organisation. The purpose of this collaboration is to ensure a participatory process towards registration and to find the best possible way to structure this umbrella network.
RAHU SRHR Youth Fund
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To strengthen leadership for youth grassroot structures to respond to emerging SRHR issues
The RAHU SRHR Youth Fund aims to empower young people to realise their sexual and reproductive rights. We support grassroots and youth led community based organizations (CBOs) that advocate for and promote better sexual and reproductive health and rights.
The RAHU SRHR Youth Fund was launched in 2015 to provide support to community-based groups working in selected districts of Uganda where the needs are greatest. The first year the fund worked in East Central and Western Uganda districts of Jinja, Wakiso, Mpigi and Mbarara to empower male and female youth aged 12-24 years to access the necessary services they need to make informed and healthy SRHR choices.
In the second year, the RAHU SRHR Youth Fund is scaling up to an additional 2 districts (Jinja and Iganga) in the South West and Eastern parts of the country respectively.
About the RAHU SRHR Youth Fund
In partnership with DoubleLoop, and financial support from CORDAID, Reach A Hand, Uganda established the RAHU SRHR Youth Fund, in a bid to promote a more youth-centric approach to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). The fund partners with and builds the capacity of grassroot youth led community based organizations (CBOs) who are already working with youth, to elevate their work. The maximum fund for a CBO is € 10,000 (around 30,000,000 UGX).
RAHU SRHR Youth Fund team works extensively with the CBO partners to solidify their resources and expand their impact and reach at community and sub-county level; to improve their technical, management and financial structures to better provide quality SRHR services to the young people. The project targeted youth aged 12-24 years with up to 50% of the target youth being adolescent girls.
The Fund’s Theory of Change
The fund provides youth-led CBOs with technical SRHR capacity building and a small grant to empower young people to address the SRHR and life skills needs of their peers. As the CBO manages and implements the funded work, the organisation and young people involved, develop leadership skills and become visible within their community’s development.
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The Peer Educators Academy is an initiative that we started in January 2014. We established this programme to equip young people in and out of school between the ages of 17-24 years with information and skills on Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR) as well as other life skills to support their peers. Through this programme, we believe peers will develop transferable work-related skills such as communication and presentations skills, advising, counseling, leadership and teamwork experience among others. Through the multiplier effect, we believe these young people will transfer these skills to other young people to help young people to make informed life choices.
How does it work
The Academy is a full year fellowship program which starts in January with a one month long intensive training of Peer Educators using a module based on SRHR information and life skills. At the end of the training, the now equipped Peer Educators will be distributed in different communities, schools, community based organizations and other partner organizations we work with.
We keep mentoring and monitoring their progress through monthly meetings and one-on-ones with the programs team to support them in passing on SRHR information as well as mentor their peers. This trains and equips them with the necessary skills that they use even after the one year fellowship.
For the past three years, we have received over 300 applicants each year and through a vigorous vetting process, 50 young people are selected for the Peer Educators Academy fellowship program. The selected young people go through an intensive one month half day training by qualified facilitators who equip them with the right and appropriate information on youth SRHR and thereafter pass on this information to their peers in schools and different communities in an effort to create awareness on issues of youth sexual health, early pregnancies, HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, menstrual hygiene, contraception, delayed sex debut, access to services (referrals), making informed life choices, gender and social roles amongst others.
Under this approach, behavior change starts with the peer educator. The changed peer educator then influences a positive change among a fellow youth in schools and communities, mainly from the SRHR clubs. These school and community SRHR club members who then adopt the promoted behavior/practice. After realizing the benefits of the new behavior or practice, they make informed choices.
Why be part of Peer Education Academy
Working collectively is a lifeblood. The academy fellows devote significant time to develop team building skills and get the opportunity to refine their interpersonal skills, explore connections and become better young leaders.
- Communication skills
The academy provides a perfect way to meet new peers from diverse backgrounds with different experiences,values and beliefs. This gives the young people an opportunity to interact and learn how to communicate and relate with other young people from different backgrounds hence leaving no one behind.
- Develop a network
Throughout the year, the peer educators are actively engaged in different activities that we carry out in schools and communities. Furthermore, they get opportunities to actively interact and engage with our partners hence creating sustainable networks and partnerships.
The Academy provides a conducive environment for young people to be mentored by icons from different fields like Sexual Reproductive Health, education, media, business and entrepreneurship, edutainment, politics and many others. The young people get first hand information from their fields and life experiences to become empowered young people.
- Internship opportunities
As the peer educators continue to work with us, we involve them in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of our activities which equips them with skills like report, proposal and work plan writing, interpersonal relations, computer and new media literacy among others. This puts them at a higher ranking to ably compete at the competitive job market. Our Peer Educators Academy is a pool of young energetic and innovative human resource which our partners and other organizations are always willing to take in as staff after the one year fellowship.
- Love, laugh, play and be young!
Being young, dynamic and fun people, our Academy is not all about work. We actually get time to relate, love, laugh, play and be young. Throughout the year, the fellows get time to bond through picnics, movie nights, barbeques, retreats, beach and sports games. As the saying goes, work without play, makes peer educators dull fellows. :)
Period and Fees
The successful applicants are invited to attend a one month intensive training at a selected venue in Kampala at a services fees of 200,000 UGX and commit to the programme for the full year.
What they have to say
“The peer educators academy was a great experience and a wonderful opportunity for me to meet up with fellow young people who love helping out young generation” - Moses Bwire, 2014 Peer educator
“Prior to joining the RAHU Peer Educators’ Academy, I was a youth activist and I majorly spoke to young people in my community. I lacked knowledge on how to use social media in my advocacy work. In the Academy, I learnt about how to use social media to increase my efforts in advocating for young people’s SRHR needs. I was empowered with skill and knowledge on how to use social media to advocate for Sexual Reproductive Health Rights for young people which has made me a very popular blogger.” – Mark Muganga, Peer Educator, 2015
“Through the Academy, I got an opportunity to be a trainer of trainees in the US Mission Peace Corps where I have been able to engage with young people in different communities across the country.”- Shamim Namugerwa, 2016
“The power of peer influence among young people has characteristically been associated with negative connotations, however, over the years we have worked with young people, the realization that they actually have a positive influence on each other has become more pronounced.” - Dianda Veldman, Former Director Rutgers.
The 2015 Peer Educators Academy will be hosted at Victoria University Uganda, Victoria Towers, 1-13 Jinja Road, Kampala, Uganda
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