On 12th – 16th July 2010, Community Resource Focus (CRF) members of Katerekke Parish – Wakiso District, benefits from Gender Based Violence and Entrepreneurship/ICT’s programme, which is run by Ntulume Village Women Development Association (NVIWODA).
For Five days, Youth participants commuted 15 Km from Katerekke to NVIWODA, and amazingly taken through motivational skills training, to promote Youth economic development and a lot of experience and information shared on gender based violence, entrepreneurship and ICT’s.
Because the youth play a vital role in the transformation of their communities, thirty (30) Youth, were drawn from three villages of Nkonya, Muzinda, and Katereke Parish of Wakiso District, and conducted through, business identification, resource mobilization, project implementation and gender based violence, and much emphasis was focused on the youth to explore their human potentials.
Before the workshop the youth had a myth, as regards to self employment, they could hardly foresee the abundant resources available within their environment. After training, “I now realize that I can earn income from income generation activity in my own community” commented Sophia of Muzinda Village. Most participants appreciated the workshop, as most knowledge could directly transform their lives.
Jessica Mugalula Publicity Secretary and entrepreneur member of NVIWODA, commented that the youth should understand the difference between the poor and the rich, she concluded by saying that the poor mismanages the time. The youth were cautioned to learn how to manage their time effectively during their youth era.
Christine Sonko the Managing Director of Chrisco Enterprise, shared her entrepreneurial life experience with the participants, she concluded by saying “Ffena tusobola” literally meaning that we all can be entrepreneurs.
The Workshop was officially closed by the General Secretary of National Association of Women NGO’s in Uganda – Mrs. Peace Kyamureku, who concluded by saying ,
that many NGOS are interested in supporting youth programmes, but the youth are not yet organized. She was challenged by NVIWODA, who have spearheaded in involving the youth in her programmes. Surprisingly, even when one is educated, un- utilized knowledge becomes stale, Peace lamented to the youth. The training was relevant and timely, she remarked.
At the end of the workshop participants were awarded certificates of Achievement; a four year old Baby Jane who persevered to quietly attend the workshop with her mother was also awarded a certificate.