We began the month of May on a very exciting note with the holiday programme/ clubs running from 2nd -13th at Oasis Community House of Hope where the Kawempe Community Development Programme (KCDP) operates. Most of this time was devoted to supporting girls in their school work, delivering interactive trainings in Life skills and health issues alongside the usual activities like devotions and games. We had 50 girls on average in attendance each day and they fully participated in all activities. The picture on the left shows the girls doing their assignments during the programme.
The HIV/AIDS - VCT Community Awareness took place on the 5th of May 2011 at the Kawempe Community Development Project (KCDP). It was attended by 32 members of the community, 46 children and the staff at KCDP. A team of 26 people came from The AIDS Support Organisation (TASO) comprising of 10 counselors, 2 laboratory technicians and 14 drama group members. The key objectives of the community day were to create awareness about HIV/AIDS to the community, promotion of positive living for those who were already infected, providing opportunity for VCT, reducing stigma and discrimination, providing opportunity for referrals and attachment to health service providers for continued support , advocating for behavior change in the community. The drama group is comprised of members who have had personal experience of living with HIV/AIDS and were able to share their testimonies and passed on the message to the community through Drama and music.
At Beersheba...In May Beersheba held its 3rd holiday programme. Over 200 children from Musoto came for 4 afternoons of Bible stories, craft, games and fun. As part of the activities the children also learnt about the importance of Education and were encouraged to think about how remaining in school would give them greater opportunities in the future. Many of the children asked for more time to be given to these discussions at future holiday programmes. Alongside the holiday programme 40 children, who had been identified by their schools as likely to drop out, spent the mornings learning catch-up English and Maths. For some of them it was the first time they had ever been taught to write their names.
As part of our adult literacy work the students have been growing trees in nursery beds at the Beersheba site. The 2000 trees are now ready to be given out among the students to improve their compounds and to raise awareness among the community of the need to be more environmentally aware. The second planting of seeds is currently underway and the trees that are grown will be sold to provide income for the adult learners
From Gulu and Pader
In the opening week of our training, all students in attendance (25 in the morning class and 25 in the afternoon class) were trained in Self Esteem. The training covers topics like Self Esteem, Relationships, How we were created, Consequences of sex and HIV/AIDS. As a result of the training, most students have showed a change in their conduct.
In May, 2011, we hosted visitors from HOPE HIV. The visit was intended to monitor and assess the work that Oasis Uganda-Livelihoods Gulu has done since the start of its operations. The HOPE HIV staff were received by the Kawempe Community Development Programme Regional Manager-Julius Elora, who oriented them before visiting six former students at their different work places (see picture on the left).
From the visits conducted, the HOPE HIV staff praised Oasis Uganda for the way it has greatly impacted lives of youths in Gulu through its training.
Changes in director:
To all the many friends of Oasis Uganda around the world, It is difficult for me to believe that the time has come for me to move on from Oasis Uganda. Having been involved in the work here for 10 years, and as Director since May 2007, I am leaving my role in mid July to move onto a new ministry – of being a full time parent to our ‘soon to arrive’ first child.
I leave with so many memories and knowing I have learnt much more than I have given, and feel extremely blessed to have worked with many fantastic people here and in the wider Oasis family. I know the Oasis Uganda team will continue to do a wonderful job working tirelessly to bring hope and opportunity to vulnerable people here in Uganda. I am especially delighted to be able to inform you that we have a new Director, Irene Muwanguzi, who introduces herself below. I pray that God continues to help us work hand in hand to make a difference in the lives of children, youth and families in Uganda, and a very sincere thank you to everyone who plays a part in this – we truly could not do this without you.
With very best wishes, Gill
From Irene (new director) -
It is indeed a pleasure for me to be joining this wonderful family of Oasis Uganda where we are able to impact lives of people and children living in vulnerability. My role will be to build on the great foundation that Gill has already laid for Oasis Ugandato move it to its next level of development and growth. I look forward to working with you all and I thank you for your partnership.
With warm regards, Irene
For more information please visit the Oasis Uganda website