For the past couple of months, we have been fundraising to support a group of young women and adolescent girls in Bugiri District and over the weekend; Saturday 12 October 2019, we were able to visit and give what we raised from different people. We thank everyone who has supported our charity campaign to support teenage mothers in Bugiri District. This has been part of our pilot program Hangout for Charity, where we are encouraging travelers and young people to actively support communities as they explore their Country.

We have a big dream to grow a strong community of social impact travelers, who not only travel to have fun, but to support each other, give back to the community, network with fellows and share knowledge.

On our first charity trip to Bugiri/Sipi Falls, we raised UGX 910,000 and we purchased one (1) sewing/tailoring machine and one (1) salon hair dryer for a group of over 50 teenage mothers in Bugiri. These young mothers come together to learn practical skills that can help them increase their revenue so that they can support their families.

They are working to build a strong learning center where women can come and learn skills in hairdressing and tailoring. Resources like tailoring machines and any salon equipment are one of their key resources and we encourage anyone who can support to reach out! You can talk to us or get in touch with them directly through their Facebook page.

 

On 20th November 2018, we were so much privileged to have the support of African Youth Action Network, friends and friends of friends who stood with us to make the cloth donation to refugees in Kiryandongo Settlement a success. There were refugee leaders who greatly appreciated the kind gesture from whoever contributed.

Photo Credit: Dipak Moses

At certain times, cruelty takes the core, places have gone through harsh situations, Rwanda, Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda and elsewhere in the world. We’ve seen it first hand in the broken limbs, families, people and traumatic experiences people have had to go through. We have all seen what humankind is capable of at its worst. But we have also seen something stronger than hate, we’ve seen bravery, kindness and incredible acts of love and this is exactly why we reached out to the refugees to celebrate through people’s giving.

Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement

Photo Credit: Dipak Moses

There is something more that we can do than just simply helping refugees survive when we can make them thrive. Let us think of refugee camps and communities as more than just temporary populations where they languish waiting for wars to end rather as centres of excellence where they triumph over their trauma and train them for the day they can go back to their homes as agents of positive change and social transformation. These victims of war hold the keys to lasting peace and are the right people to end the cycle of violence.

Let us unite and work towards the desired change we all want to live in.

Photo Credit: Dipak Moses

Over the past two years we have been organizing Iganga Youth Day under the International Youth Day celebrations allover the world, discussing the given themes from the United Nations. This year 2018, with support from Balloon Ventures and Africell, we are organized this event again. Putting young people together and giving back to the community.

If you missed out this year 2018, here is what happened 🙂

On Friday 10, 2018 we kicked off with an interview with Kyamagero Andrew from NTV, discussing the role of young people and leaders towards community development. Later in the evening, we had a great camp fire with BBQ with a group of young people sharing and networking together.

On Saturday 11th, The main event started with a match from Iganga District to Iganga main hospital with a band to present our  donation to the pediatrics ward. After, we moved back to the main venue for speeches, discussions and more engagements with youths.

The theme for International Youth Day 2018 Was: “Safe Spaces for Youth”

Youth need safe spaces where they can come together, engage in activities related to their diverse needs and interests, participate in decision making processes and freely express themselves. While there are many types of spaces, safe spaces ensure the dignity and safety of youth.

Safe spaces such as civic spaces enable youth to engage in governance issues; public spaces afford youth the opportunity to participate in sports and other leisure activities in the community; digital spaces help youth interact virtually across borders with everyone; and well planned physical spaces can help accommodate the needs of diverse youth especially those vulnerable to marginalization or violence.

Watch our interview at NTV