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‘I had dropped out of school in July 2015 because my mother, who has raised us as a single mother, could no longer afford to buy me scholastic requirements for school. S he also failed to raise money for me to register for my PLE. My home is far away from school and it became difficult for me to walk to school every day and leave late since I had to revise with my fellow classmates. All these circumstances frustrated me and forced me to drop out of school. I was then influenced to join bad peer groups of other boys and girlswho had also dropped out of school.’Saida narratedthis with tears rolling down her face.

February, 02 2019
ACFODE EDITOR

The mentees who have been attending the SAUTI YA SASA young women and youth mentoring programme implemented by Action for Development (ACFODE) have secured important networks for their initiatives. Some of them have in fact submitted proposals and secured partnership for new projects. This is arising from the knowledge and skills in civic engagement and professional development that the mentees have acquired while on the mentoring programme. The specific skills that have facilitated the partnerships include planning, gender mainstreaming, fundraising, networking, and communication among others.

August, 08 2019

I tested HIV-positive in 1990 while I was still serving as a soldier in Arua district. It took a while for me to break the news to my wife because I was scared of how she would feel and react. In 1992, I plucked up the courage to inform her about my status. I also encouraged her to take a test. She was so stigmatisedand separated with me. We stayed apart until 1995 when she agreed to go for an HIV test. The result showed she was negative and the doctor advised us on how to live together as a discordant couple. As much as it was difficult for my wife to accept me back with my status, she eventually managed to cope.

February, 02 2019
ACFODE EDITOR

According to (Uganda Bureau of Statistics, 2015), youth and women constitute the highest proportion of Uganda’s population at 78% and 52% respectively. Majority of them are uninformed about how to profoundly and effectively engage in the governance and decision making processes, ascribed to biased perceptions against women and youth.

However, this sidelined group of people will worry no more! As stated by Thomas Stigmann from European Union in Uganda during Sauti Ya Sasa Mentoring program launch, “for Ugandan youth, the time is now and not tomorrow, to show them in the right direction".

August, 08 2019
August, 08 2019
August, 08 2019

With the support of Action For Development in Partnership with Eirene, I was among the volunteers chosen from Uganda to come to Germany on a volunteer programme. The main objective of the volunteer program was to facilitate intercultural exchange, personal and professional growth of young people through personal interaction as well as interaction in a working environment. It was such an awesome pleasure to me because I had never imagined that I would ever travel to Germany. As a volunteer at Acfode, I was given an opportunity to apply for the volunteer program with Eirene as this is Acfode’s partner organization. With the experience and skills, I had gained from Acfode, enabled me to go through and become a volunteer in Germany. I am grateful to Acfode and Eirene for giving me this opportunity.

August, 08 2019

I did my internship at Action for Development (ACFODE) under the department of Human Rights and Governance from 5th June 2019 to 30th July 2019. ACFODE is a non-governmental Women's organization founded on November 19th 1985. The organization aims at creating a just society where gender equality is a reality and it seeks to empower women and influence legislation and policy for gender equality in Uganda.

August, 08 2019

I got to know about ACFODE when I googled about feminist NGO's in Uganda. I applied and luck was on my side, I was given a placement. Despite the fact that I had started internship elsewhere, I changed and took up the placement at ACFODE with a lot of optimism. The internship started on 5th June and ended on 30th July, a period of 2months.

The highly anticipated day of internship came. I headed to Bukoto for ACFODE and arrived at 8:48am. Unsure of whom to report to, I nervously entered the cold building that morning and deafening silence hang upon the place. All I could hear was the ticking of the clock. I reintroduced myself as an intern to the administrator at the reception upon which she led me to the boardroom where the other interns were. We sat next to each other but in silence since we were total strangers to each other. Time went by, we had orientation with the ED and learnt quite a lot about ACFODE, we also got to know the different offices.

August, 08 2019

June- August is this time of the year where University students look for internship places in various Organizations. This intends to give students an advantage of working experience by the end of their undergraduate programe. As a Communication student, I got an opportunity to intern with Action for Development Organization which I got to know through a relative.

 On 5th June I introduced myself to the organization, where I found other Interns from different Universities. On arrival we were oriented by the Executive Director, who gave us all the necessary information about the organization, took us around to different offices and introduced us to the staff members, and later we were given the code of conduct to sign, since it was the norm to the people who joined the organization. On the following day, I met with my Field Supervisor, whom we had a long conversation about my expectations of the organization, and what I wanted to do.

August, 08 2019

As an internee, I would say my experience at ACFODE was life changing because a lot of things that I didn’t know concerning gender and work ethics were lessons I learnt and this was a very positive impact to me. First of all, the working environment was generally interesting because of the new things I was getting to learn. On my first day, I was oriented by the Executive Director, I wasn’t the only intern so there was no way I would be bored in my free time and the staff members were also nice people.

 

During my stay at ACFODE between 5th June to 31st July, I was placed under the Gender and Economic Policy Department under the supervision of Ms. Rukondo Rebecca. In this department I had regular assignments to do which needed me to read books and do research on the internet to get the relevant information that would answer the questions asked. I also happened to attend a workshop. Here I was able to learn communication skills i.e. ways of addressing myself as I observed how the participants where bringing out their issues to be discussed, the value of group/team work because during some of the sessions at the work shop we were placed under different groups to discuss and this improved on the topic being discussed.

August, 08 2019
To empower women and influence legislation and policy for gender equality in Uganda.





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