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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

WE CAN FREELY ENJOY THE SUN.

Biira Masitura 47 years a resident of Bubukwanga central village narrated the how she lived after the post election conflict during the community sensitization meeting held at Bubukwanga village headquarters. “ I am a Mukonzo married to  Mwamba a resident of Bubukwanga central, I did support the current regime at the district, my husband was not involved in politics at all….it all started as a joke when we had that Finally Mutegeki has won the election after the electoral commission had declared another candidate earlier on. Jubilation was all over especially people from Ngamba and Kasitu passing over in villages going to town. It was never easy but thank God we can leave happily again. My house was attacked not once or twice and some people asked why my husband is not taking action against me since I was supporting the candidate who was not the choice of OBB. I thank my husband she stood with me…..I am now living peaceful with my neighbours.” The meeting was attended by 207 citizens excluding children, members from security, OBB representatives, local leader’s citizens.
This story caught up the eyes and ears of everyone including the OBB representative and local leaders at the meeting. This was after our FPA presented the Drama on the Actors in the conflict situation with focus on rights and duties of citizens. During the discussion the members agreed that the community in most cases violated the rights of people because of attachment to certain people.

Responding to the issues raised during the discussion the OC station of Bubukwanga recommends the work of RIC-NET in organizing community meetings. “I attended their meeting in Maponge, Mantoroba, Nyasoro and these meetings have been productive, I think the sun can freely shine on each one of us and that is why this Mama can freely share her story in this meeting”. The criminal records have declined this year apart from cases like theft, and domestic issues which are always referred to the local council leaders for mediation. We should be engaging at village level and handle our matters as Babukwanga.

The LC III Mr. Basime Amos asked the community to learn to respect the rights of the people and ensure that each one exercise his her right freely without infringing on another person’s rights.

He recommended a proper relationship between the police, security and the people to ensure total peace prevail. However the community members realized that the challenge is still at the Top especially leadership at the top who still segregate people based on how they participated in the voting patterns. Thus recommended the NGOs and other peace Actors to conduct a dialogue to ensure peace and harmony is realized.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

RIC-NET SUPPORTS PROCAF WITH TAILORING MACHINE

One of the programs that Rwenzori information centres network (RIC-NET) implements is the community empowerment and youth ,a program that aims at empowering ,youth ,young girls and women through skills training and provision of startup kits to enable them start up their own small businesses and be able to earn an income. RIC-NET supported Rwenzori pro-life and child care foundation(PROCAF) an organization that supports skills development for  vulnerable youth in Kabarole with a singer tailoring machine to enable the organization train other  vulnerable young girls who were not able to complete formal education .we believe that such training helps the youth acquire skills that will improve their lives through starting up their own small businesses.
PROCAF board member ,executive director on left receive machine from RIC-NET staff (right) with some of the trainees 






This program aims at achieving sustainable development goal 1 (end poverty in all its forms ) as it empowers youth to work and earn to improve on their incomes and end poverty  .

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

RIC-NET EXTENDS HUMANITARIAN SUPPORT TO FAMILIES AFFECTED BY STORMS IN KARAMBI SUBCOUNTY

Following a storm that hit Karambi sub county in Kasese district  on 7th October 2017 ,houses ,churches ,schools and crops were destroyed .The key affected parishes included :Karambi , Kyasenda ,Kisolholho and Bikunya .People were left homeless ,sleeping on verandahs and others had to seek refugee at the sub county .
some of the houses destroyed by the storm

As a response ,on 22/10/2017 RIC-NET an implementing organization in the sub county provided support to key affected families inform of  items which included food staffs like rice , beans , and other domestic requirements like soap and utensils for the families to use as they recover from the disaster.One of the people who was supported with the items was over heard saying "at least we shall have what to feed the children for some days ".
one of the people leaving with the items supported with
This disaster in a way is affecting children majorly since parents and guardians are now  focusing on reconstruction of the houses there fore neglecting children (in terms of time , attention and provision of basic needs ). 
during distribution of the items
Its our humble appeal  that other stakeholders also come in to support these families to recover from the effects of the disaster .

Friday, October 6, 2017

Community members pledge to end violence agaisnt children in their communities

As one of the activities of the community led mechanisms to prevent violence against children and adolescents in Kasese district  ,community members organized neighborhood assemblies to discuss about issues that concern children in their communities .
The O.C police at the Karambi neighborhood assembly
Two neighborhood assemblies were conducted at Karambi primary school on 16/9/2017 which was attended by 106(m-30,f-76) ) and at Kyabikere primary school on 29/09/2017 which was attended by 119 (m-34,f-85) people  community members, OC police, CDOs ,local leaders and  religious leaders . Community members aired out their views in relation to prevention of violence against children and highlighted alcoholism and poverty as the common causes of VAC in the community. The common cases of VAC that were mentioned include discrimination, child labour and child neglect, failure by parents to provide lunch for their school going children  .St mark women’s group also passed their message of VAC prevention through songs and skits.
Key actions :
Parents resolved to share and involve their children in issues that concern their families.
Community members agreed to do all work for the development of their families according to their gender roles.
Community members agreed to always provide food and other school requirements for their children.
The people also pledged to always report cases of violence against children to the responsible authorities and to  always pack lunch for their school going  children .

St mark women's group presenting at the neighborhood assembly in Karambi

CHILD RIGHTS ACTIVISTS OF KARAMBI AND KITHOLHU SUB COUNTIES TRAINED IN BETTER PARENTING

Two trainings with parasocial workers (child rights activists) were conducted  at the two sub counties of Karambi on 20/09/2017 and were attended by 27 participants (m-16,f-11)  and Kitholhu on 21/09/2017 and was attended by 21(m-20,f-1) . The trainings were facilitated by RIC-NET staff Murugahara John and Mr. Mukokoma Paul the sub county chief for Isango sub county  .The activists were trained in good parenting, the different categories of children’s rights, rules of engagement with children and the various legal instruments concerning child protection.
The participants during the training
Key actions
The activists resolved to continue Community sensitization by the activists on VAC prevention and good parenting using every opportunity they get (burials ceremonies, parties and other community events).
The activists to compile a status report of the different VAC cases from the parishes they operate by December 2017.
Participants agreed to have another meeting for compilation of the status report for the whole sub county on VAC in January 2018

RELIGIOUS LEADERS TRAINED IN VAC PREVENTION AND BETTER PARENTING

A training of religious leaders  took place at Karambi sub county headquarters on 25/09/2017 and was facilitated by Mr. Mukokoma Paul. The training was attended by 38 (M-27,F-11) who included pastors ,reverends priests , model couples and leaders of mothers union in the different religious denominations (Muslims , roman Catholics ,SDAs, Pentecostals , and the protestant ). The participants were trained in theory of   prevention of violence against children and practical skills of better parenting  .
Mr Mukokoma making a presentation
Key actions from the training
The religious leaders agreed to mainstream VAC prevention in their counseling sessions.
The religious  leaders resolved  to form a team of regular attendance of the different trainings so that they are equipped with  more knowledge about VAC prevention
They resolved that they will transfer the knowledge acquired to their congregations.
The Muslims , SDAs  and the Pentecostal will select couples from their denominations to trained as model couples

Thursday, September 28, 2017

FUTURE IN OUR HANDS.

Youth from the secondary schools agreed that the future is in their hands. This was realized during the inter-school debate conducted on 28th September 2017 at Bubukwanga SS. the debate was organized under  the theme “the youth are responsible for escalation of conflicts in the community”.4 schools participated with total of 72 participants 32 female and 40 males including 10 teachers. Schools that participated were Bubukwanga SS as host, Kabango SS, Good hope SS and Three Angels high school.


The deputy head teacher of Bubukwanga SS gave an opening remark stressing the Idea of change of “attitude and mindset”He challenged the youth to focus on real things that can change their standard of living for better, other than hatred and deceit.

During the discussion the youth realized that indicators of tribalism are taking them behind, and that elders and government have contributed a lot to the action the youth are involved in at community.

These actions were highlighted as unemployment, quality of education, partisan politics, divide and rule policy and unconstitutional way of governance, while other realized that youth actions like drug abuse, loitering, are individual based. The youth made a resolution to refocus, create friendship and be role model at the schools where they come from. This will pave way for community transformation.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

LEADERS CONDUCT A REVIEWS OF SECTIONS IN THE CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS ACT

District leaders of Bundibugyo participated in the advocacy meeting on the implementation of the Cultural institutions Act. The meeting was held on the 27th September 2017 and attended by 26 people 14 male and 12 female participants were security, RDC, political leaders, ministers of cultural institutions, religious leaders, youth leaders and CSOs and media. The agenda of the meeting was on policy review of the cultural institutions act and its implementation on the community.

The participants looked at specifically those articles that have been mis-interpreted or not followed by the existing cultural institutions. They agreed that the Act has not been followed either it’s been misinterpreted by those supported to interpret it to the public. Such as articles 6,9,13 and 17 in the cultural Institutions Act 2015 and also looked at the constitutional provisions of establishment of cultural institutions and OBB in Bundibugyo.
After the discussion the members resolved that:
  • cultural leaders should not participate in politics either directly or indirectly. 
  • The District council resolution that recommended the establishment of OBB in Bundibugyo is shared with OBB and OBR such that the two can understand the key resolutions. 
  • That leader should take time to understand the Act itself before attacking other people. 
  •  District and cultural leaders should make a visit to Acholi land and learn how cultural leaders and politicians have worked together for peace. 
  • The community should use the blood pact actions that existed in our tradition create the bonds that unite the people of different tribes/ethnicity.