Monday, May 23, 2016

NEIGHBOURHOOD ASSEMBLY ABOUT VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN IN KARAMBI SUBCOUNTY AT KAMASASA PRIMARY SCHOOL



Through a community led mechanism to enhance the dignity of children who are looked at as the minority group in society, Rwenzori Information Centers-Network under RWECO with funding from East African Children Fund, organized a neighborhood assembly about violence against children in Karambi Sub County at Kamasasa primary on 8th, May. 2016.

The assembly was attended by approximately one hundred community members among which included, the chairman LCI, LCII chairperson, councilors, senior elders, Para-social workers, women groups, youth groups, pupils of Kamasasa primary school and other children from the community. During assembly people cited out the cases of violence the children are facing in Karambi sub county among which included; Early marriages, children headed families hindering children from concentrating on their class work, taking children to the market to baby sit, hard labor imposed on the children, denial of food, defilement, rape, abortion and exposing the children to alcoholism by their parents. All these being caused by lack of love in the family, alcoholism, adultery, high birth rate, ignorance, poverty among others. During the discussions, the children present were able to give testimonies of the different things that have been done to them and they don’t feel happy with them.

In conclusion, a way forward was drawn as follows;
·       Advise parents to let children to school and let them stay in school.
·       Go to churches and community meetings to preach the message about VAC and the need to have a violent free environment.
·       Design and pass a law that will prevent parents from taking the children to the market during school days.
·       Love should prevail among the married couples so that even the children can share on that love.
·       A stakeholders’ meeting going to be organized to strengthen and implement what has been discussed.
·       Report all cases of violence with effect with fear or favour
·       People should have GOD fearing families.




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.
 . 

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.