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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

RICNET STAFF TRAIN IN POWER AND VOICE AT MSTCD, ARUSHA -TANZANIA

"learning never ends", two RIC-NET staff Ms Kabugho Robinah and Ms. Mukasine Betty successfully completed a one week (18th to 22nd April 2016) course on 'Power and Voice' at MSTCD in Aursha-Tanzania.

 
RIC NET staff at the training centre in Arusha
The course provided the staff with understanding of power dynamics, and how this influences decision making processes; provided tools and skills used in facilitating communities to effectively engage with power structures and to improve the quality, equity and gender responsiveness of public services.
Dr.Marcossy emphasizing a point during a class training on voice
A facilitators stressed that one’s voice is meaningless unless you’re heard; one’s voice is the most powerful tool  that one posses, and power does not happen in a vacuum but happens in the presence of others.
During a field study at the EAC headquarters
 
Human rights violation is an indication of failure of governance and the exercise of authority which includes adherence to basic democratic principles. 
At the end of the training the participants attained principles and praxis of  facilitating communities in actions and engagements that entail dealing with power and voice relations in demand for  good governance, respect for human rights and better service delivery.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Rural women equiped with sanitary pads making skills

Women have remained the main care takers of children from childhood, adolescent until they mature. They  provide sanitary material for their  girls with their meager resource as men seem not to take it as important.

The trainer Miss Margret demonstrating to the participants
RICNET through RWECO secured funding from East African Children’s Fund to support “community led mechanisms to prevent violence against children and adolescents” in Kasese district .
 A baseline survey which was conducted as a basis of intervention revealed that parents do not provide sanitary material for their adolescent girls which makes them to miss classes during menstruation periods or even drop out of school as a result of stigma that is caused by fellow pupils. To address this, RIC-NET is carried out  training of leaders for35 women leaders from women groups in Karambi and Kitholhu sub counties in the making of re-usable sanitary towels. These women will in turn train other women in their groups.
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Women trying out the skill  of making reusable sanitary towels 
Some of the advantages of the re-usable sanitary towels are that they are cheap, can be washed and can be used for several months.However, high level of cleanliness is required and it should be washed, allowed to dry properly before the next use.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

RIC-NET SUPPORTS BABIES OF CONFLICT AFFECTED GIRLS IN RWAMWANJA –KAMWENGE



Through the project “advancing the dignity of vulnerable children and youth” as funded by Global Fund for Children, RIC-NET supports conflict affected girls in the Rwenzori region either by  taking them for vocational skills training like tailoring ,hair dressing ,baking and others for girls who have dropped out of school and carries out mentoring and  psycho social support sessions in schools to help conflict affected girls in school to deal with the trauma they could have got as a result of conflict ,equips them with knowledge on reproductive health that helps them to avoid early pregnancies ,STDs and stay in school, provides sanitary material for the girls to see them stay in school and finish their studies so that they can become successful people in future .
The young mothers seated with their children at the training center
As one of the activities of the project RIC-NET supported the babies of the conflict affected girls in Rwamwanja –Kamwenge District who are training in vocational skills of hair dressing and tailoring . On 25th march 2016 five young mothers were given support in terms of money that could help them get a baby sitter for the babies as the mothers attend their training. This gives the mothers ample time to concentrate on the training and get better skills. 
The young mothers with their children pose with RIC-NET staff Evelyn after receiving their support








When asked how she felt after receiving the support of her children ,22 year old mother of two Murekatete said "she was now able to provide  porridge for her children for some time since the food she is given at the camp is not enough and she is not able to dig because she is disabled and she moves in a wheel chair.