Project Development: Setting up a Shelter for Sex Workers in Lira

I am just about half way through my contract here in Lira, Uganda with lots of exciting projects on the go! It’s been busy busy busy to say the least, which is great because it is making the time fly by, but also not so great because it is making the time fly by. It is hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner, especially with the 35° weather and flowers in bloom.

In this blog, I wanted to talk briefly about one project in particular that I, along with my co-intern, Aleksandra, and local programs coordinator, Lawrence, have been working on over the past few months. The project title is a bit lengthy, but sums it up: “Decreasing Vulnerability of Young Girls and Women in Lira District, Northern Uganda through Home of Hope Transitional Shelter and Training Centre”. Basically, we want to use the CAP AIDS – Uganda Building (aka Home of Hope), which is currently about seventy percent complete, as a safe space for sex workers to come and try to change their lives from one on the streets to an independent, healthy, safe, and economically-independent one. The project will also include an educational aspect for sex workers in Lira, where monthly health education sessions will be held for the vulnerable girls and women working on the streets.

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What are my rights as a student?

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I attended an informative and educational Youth Forum on the Rights of Students in the Education System in Jamaica where discussions about uniformity, decorum, religion, comprehensive sexuality education, age of consent and much more were held. This event was organized by the Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network and JAYECAN with support from UNDEF.

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Why Do We Treat HIV Differently?

HIV: Human Immunodeficiency Virus; a virus that invades the human body’s T-cells, weakening the immune system.

This tiny virus is about 60 times smaller than a red blood cell, yet globally, billions of dollars are spent each year to try and fight it.

While we often know the name, and know that countries are actively fighting against HIV, we often forget about the reality of persons living with HIV (PLHIV). Why do we treat HIV, and the people affected by it, differently than any other disease or illness?

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Choosing a Micro-Project

Hello from Lira Uganda!

Everything has been going really well here and things are definitely picking up speed. It is getting busier and busier as work projects pick up and life in Lira becomes more settled.

One of these work projects that I am really excited about is the “micro-project”. This aspect of the CAP Network internship was one of the main reasons I wanted to come and work in Lira in the first place. It is a really neat opportunity, where each intern is given a budget of $1000 to work with a local Community Based Organization (CBO) to develop and implement a project from start to finish. The main reason that this opportunity is so appealing is because it is a chance to be centrally involved in all aspects of a project, from the needs assessment at the start, to actually implementing the project on the ground, and finally, to monitoring and evaluating the results/impact of the project. Basically, a really great learning experience!

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All for one and one for all!

Community /kəˈmjuːnɪti/ – The people of a district or country considered collectively, especially in the context of social values and responsibilities. A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

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Step By Step

Hello reader, I hope you’re having a great so far! My name is Chris and I am the Communications and digital Marketing Intern in Santo Domingo. I have been here just under a month now and have gained enough knowledge to give you a proper overview of what to expect.

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Wah Gwan from Jamaica (Hi from Jamaica)!!

Since arriving to Kingston, I have had the task of “getting inside the Jamaican mind” so I can appropriately navigate within my new home! It has been a hilarious, informative, exciting, adventurous, and slightly chaotic process … so here, as one of Kingston’s newest residents, I will share some of my favorite things I have learned about Jamaica in my first few weeks!

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UN Women Symposium : “Sharing Experiences on GBV and HIV Programming in Jamaica”.

On October 31st, 2016, I attended the United Nation Symposium on “Sharing Experiences on GBV and HIV Programming in Jamaica”. It is a series of two days; unfortunately I was only able to get out of work for one day but it has been one of the highlights of my trip so far because I support the sharing of knowledge tremendously in forums such as this.

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The Dududu Drop-In Centre

The Dududu Drop-In Centre is a non-profit organization serving the Dududu community in Vulamhelo, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Founded in 2005, the Centre strives to mitigate the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the area by working closely with Dududu community members that are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS with a targeted focus on the Dududu Youth Club, orphans and vulnerable children. The Centre’s focus has been providing youth with food, essential health related services, as well as tailored programs that combat the many pervasive socioeconomic challenges the community faces. Continue reading

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Meeting the Community Based Organizations in Uganda

Hello from Lira, Uganda! What an interesting, eye-opening, and fun experience this has been so far!

I have now been in here for a month and I have no idea where the time has gone. Between getting settled into a work routine, bartering for fruits and vegetables at the local supermarket, and dodging crazy boda boda (motorcycle-taxi) drivers and bicycles, it has all seemed to pass by in a flash.

One of the things that has left the greatest impression on me amongst all of the new stimulation associated with moving to Uganda has been meeting the Community Based Organizations (CBOs) that we will be working with over the next six months. The Canada Africa Partnership (CAP) in Uganda currently works with three CBOs: the Needy Support Centre (NSC) in Kampala, the Aboke HIV/AIDS Woman’s Association (AHWA) in Aboke, and the Obanga Ber Women’s Group in Boro Boro, Northern Uganda. The resilience, strength, and kindness demonstrated by all of these groups has simply blown me away and inspired me in regards to what I can do to make a difference and learn while I am here.

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