Explore the best of the best experiences that we have recently had in the field. These success stories will bring tears to your eyes, joy to your heart, and motivate you to keep having a share in making a change!
Not Sleeping After All
We had a successful home visit, but not in the way we expected.
One day earlier this year, Jose from AGH went with Samweli from the community to Bujora to visit some families and educate them violence toward women and children. At one house, they followed the normal routine to first ask for the man of the house, and were shown him sleeping on a mat, covered with a blanket. He was NOT to be woken up, being that he was sick and resting. Thus, they left him lying there, but continued their discussions with the others who were in the house. They discussed a poster from the SASA! program showing a man beating his wife with the children watching, feeling very upset. As the discussions continued, to our greatest surprise the sleeping man “woke up” suddenly, and without greeting anyone began to contribute to the conversation, explaining how he had experienced violence himself before. He asked up to keep educating people on this subject. He has continued to be Samweli’s friend to this day.
posted on 2 April 2019
A Fence's Encompassing Effect in Lwanhima
In the beginning of 2018, we were able to put up a fence around the ECD Community Center in Lwanhima by working together with community members from three neighborhoods: Nobola, Nyabahegi and Isebanda. This fence protects the children so that they can study in a safe and friendly environment. In addition, by working with the organization Tahea Mwanza, we were able to add a slide and 2 kinds of swings to the playground. These will help the children to enjoy school and to gain better understanding. In 2018, 83 children were registered at the community center (53 girls and 30 boys). None of the children are disabled. We also started and then strengthened child protection and safety committees in the three neighborhoods. They have already begun to follow the direction we gave by bringing to light different challenges that children under the age of eight have. The effect has been huge. The government was even able to bring in permanent teachers for this center.
The building of the ECD Community Center fence had another profound, completely unexpected effect on the community. After seeing how much they were able to do on their own, the community members started thinking about what else they could do… Which brought them to another, even bigger construction project. This project will be posted in a future success story!
Posted on October 23, 2018
at Sangabuye, Mkolani and Nyafula pre-primary schools 2017-04-08
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