2018年9月16日日曜日

Report on “Training of WOMEN and YOUTH in lemon grass growing and environmental protection”


Hello, this is Global Bridge Network (GBN)!
Regarding ‘Environmental Protection through Expanding Lemon grass growing and Education in Uganda’, this is the first report of 2nd year of this project.


SORAK Executive Director 
discussing the importance of lemon grass growing
 as a measure to environmental protection

Although the project of the second year has been ongoing, we had about some sad news that the lemon grass was affected by Insects in most gardens leading to reduce in quality and as well dry up of lemon grass. 

However, activities have been successfully implemented!

This time, ‘Parish based training of women and youth in lemon grass growing and environmental protection’ were carried out on May 2018.

A total of 161 participants attended and most of them were women with a likely number of about 118 female participants.

The topics were as follows.
  • Need to engage the youth and women in lemon grass growing
  • Need for a strong desire towards environmental conservation by- laws
  • Need for the participants to understand their current role in protecting the environment.
  • Importance of lemongrass growing


Participants listening the discussion

The outcomes of this training were as following.
  • Encouraged youth and women to take on lemon grass growing as well as other environmental conservation activities like tree planting.
  • Tasked all parish-based leaders to keep on patrolling the environment to ensure its protection.
  • Emphasized putting in place harsh measures to those that have broken the environment related laws and regulations.

Therefore, the participants discussed pertinent issues that have led to the massive environmental degradation as well as discover for themselves about environmental degradation vices and laws of protection throughout their respective parishes.

You can find the details in the reports below,

*This project is supported by Japan Fund for Global Environment of the Environmental Restoration (JFGE) and by Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency (ERCA)



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2018年9月2日日曜日

【Educational Environment】Formation of Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM Club)

We are implementing the second phase of the project on ‘Improvement of school environment to combat Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) challenges to Stop Adolescent Girls’ School Dropouts in Uganda’ supported by funds from the Lush Charity Bank of Lush Japan, Co., Ltd..

Participants mentioning the names of the pupils 
they wish to have as members of the MHM club



At this time, we will report about Activity 2-1, ‘Facilitate MHM trainees to form 3 MHM clubs in schools’ implemented in March 2018.

The ‘MHM Club’ uses a Child-to-Child approach in which children train other fellow pupils on conducting Menstruation Hygiene Management (MHM), gender awareness and sex education with the technical assistance and guidance of the SORAK team and senior teachers.
* Based on the Child-to-Child approach, children who have skills and knowledge will teach fellow pupils.

The main purpose of forming these MHM clubs is to ensure sustainability and project ownership in cooperation with school teachers so that these clubs will remain and continue operating even after the end of the project. Pupils in these clubs will continue training their peers on MHM, including making reusable sanitary pads.

Each target school was given the opportunity to identify 8 girls and 4 boys who will be a member of MHM clubs. The students who had participated in activity 1.1 Child-Child MHM training were brought on board to participate in the formation of MHM clubs and their own positions in the club. As a result, 80% of pupils who participated in activity 1.1 were selected as MHM club members.  The other 20% of pupils who did not participate in activity 1.1 were selected based on their communication skills, capacity and activeness.



Pupils identifying names of the capable 
and active participants for the MHM club

SORAK staff briefing pupils on 
some of the roles and responsibilities of the club

Group photo of new members of MHM club

Responsibilities of MHM Club members in three schools
  1. Conducting MHM, which includes providing awareness on issues concerning menstruation, counseling and making of reusable sanitary pads
  2. Providing training on gender issues, sex education and reproductive health rights taking a Child-to-Child approach
  3. Looking for market in communities and schools for already made reusable sanitary pads

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*This project is supported by Lush Japan Co., Ltd.



2018年7月6日金曜日

【Educational Environment】Building skills in reusable sanitary pad making and knowledge on Menstrual Hygiene Management

The second phase of the project on ‘Improvement of school environment to combat Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) challenges to Stop Adolescent Girls’ School Dropouts in Uganda’ has been started with funding from the Lush Charity Bank of Lush Japan, Co., Ltd..

Students holding sanitary pads after training


The key elements of this second phase are to establish/sustain our activities that were implemented in the first phase as well as to spread the use of reusable sanitary pads more extensively so that more girls can stay in school and not drop out due to menstruation.   

At this time, we are going to report on Activity 1.1 ‘Child-to-Child Menstrual hygiene management training (MHM) in schools by building skills in reusable sanitary pad making and knowledge on Menstrual Hygiene Management’ implemented in March 2018

This time we use a Child-to-Child approach (Children who were trained in the first phase will train fellow pupils). The purpose is to train selected children who become a trainer to teach other students about sanitary pad making and menstruation hygiene management.

In total, 18 students (12 girls and 6 boys), including 4 girls and 2 boys who had been trained during the first pilot MHM project, were selected from each of the target schools with the objective of equipping them with skills on how to make reusable sanitary pads.

Content covered:
  •       General overview of menstruation
  •        Menstrual cycle
  •        Signs and symptoms/characteristics of menstruation
  •        Cramps and other sensations and natural remedies to cramping
  •        Menstrual Hygiene Management
  •        Making of reusable sanitary pads

A boy presenting menstruation hygiene management

Students, including boys, making sanitary pads

Girls practice explaining how to use sanitary pads.


Training outcome
  •        All the eighteen (18) pupils (12 girls and 6 boys) were able to each make two reusable sanitary pads.
  •        Increased confidence; participants could freely give a general overview on menstruation, its misconceptions and the signs and how to deal with them and the menstruation cycle.
  •        Participants were able to mention most of the good hygiene practices for proper management of menstruation including proper disposal of used menstrual absorbents, proper washing and drying of menstrual absorbents and using a sanitary pad for not more than 12 hours, among others.


Students who were trained will conduct training for other fellow pupils in each of their target schools.

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*This project is supported by Lush Japan Co., Ltd.

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2018年6月24日日曜日

☆The second anniversary of GBN’s foundation!☆


Hello everyone!


Greetings from the Global Bridge Network (GBN)

It has been two years since GBN started.
It is our pleasure to inform you that the projects that were initiated last year have entered the second phase. 

As international support efforts, we have two main projects in Uganda,
Improvement of Educational Environment for Girls with funding from LUSH Japan
and ’EnvironmentProtection and Education with funding from the Japan Fund for Global Environment (JFGE)
Both of these initiatives have been implemented by a local NGO and great partner, SORAK Development Agency. As a result of their tremendous efforts, the projects have successfully made progress. We very much appreciate our partner and all our supporters.

Click on the following link to view our annual activity report for fiscal 2017.

Project of 'Improvement of Educational Environment for Girls'

Project of 'Environment of Protection and Education'
The most important point to carry out a project in the field is local people’s ‘needs’.
We believe that our partner, SORAK, well understands their needs since they work so closely with the communities and have already built a relationship of trust. Therefore, the local communities willingly accepted our projects, which leads to positive impacts.  

SORAK's staff
SORAK's CEO, Mr.Muhammad
with GBN's logo
Last time, Hadijah, a local staff member, told me that the project she is implementing as a project manager has been going well and she really enjoys it. The motivation’ of local staff is so important, and I was truly happy to hear that.

Moreover, as a means of promoting international communication, two events called ‘Uganda Night’ and ‘Sanyu!’ were held in collaboration with other partners. 
At ‘Uganda Night,’ we presented GBN’s activities, introduced Uganda’s culture through Ugandan food and drinks as well as provided the opportunities to communicate with Ugandan people who were invited this event. 
At ‘Sanyu!’, African style dance and drums were performed. Both of these events were held with the aim of enabling Japanese people to become familiar with Africa and its beautiful culture.  
We were so happy to see participants smiling and enjoying themselves.



Uganda Night

Sanyu!
Click on the following link to view the report on ‘Uganda Night’.
Click on the following link to view the report on ‘Sanyu!’.
In fiscal year 2018, we will continue ongoing projects as well as expand them to reach more areas. We are also planning to hold more events in Japan for everyone to enjoy. 


Although there are a lot of things we want to try, the most important things for us are to do whatever we can really do and continue our current projects. We will proceed step by step, and therefore, we really appreciate your advice and support as GBN moves forward in these endeavors.

Best Regards,
Global Bridge Network

LOVE&GBN



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2018年6月20日水曜日

Activity report of ‘Sanyu’_No2

Hello, everyone! Greetings from GlobalBridge NetworkGBN

Sanyu!_No2 was held at Calabash: African restaurant on June 9th Sat.
This is the second event of Sanyu! That was held the last August, 2017.

‘Sanyu’ means ‘Happy’ in Luganda, one of the languages spoken in Uganda. Despite of the many challenges such as poverty in Africa, there are so many rich cultures such as dynamic dance, colorful fashion, fashionable craft etc. 

At the Sanyu! event, we mainly aimed at our participants getting that feeling and enjoyment towards the mentioned aspects above.

Calabash: African restaurant in Hamamastu-cho
(Photo:卯月)

A Ugandan traditional costume for the men called 'Kanzu'
A pink girl wearing a Ugandan traditional costume for the women called 'Gomesi' 
and another one wearing an African fabric called 'Kitengi'
(Photo:卯月)

On that day, we had programs like, introducing GBN activities, talking about Uganda’s culture, Q&A session about Uganda, African style dance & drum show, live paint show, and lastly Uganda’s music & dance as all members also joined the stage to participate and enjoy the dancing session.

The event was not only attended by Japanese, but also some few Africans participated making a total of 40 people. We all really enjoyed and warmed up♪


Introducing of GBN’s activities
(Photo:卯月)

Introducing of Uganda’s Culture
(Photo:卯月)

QA Session about Uganda
Here, Mr. Arafat provided an amazing original Quiz 
which many of the members really loved and enjoyed
(Photo:卯月)

Live paint
TEEJ painted by her inspiration
and she also participated in Dance&Drum show as a performer!

Djembe players from African drum class 
led by Mr. Eiichi Hanaoka and his fellow crew.
(Photo:卯月)
African style dance with drum sounds (Djembe)
which was beautifully and enjoyably performed
(Photo:卯月)

Drum performance by Mr. Hanaoka
(Photo:卯月)

Solo dance and drum show 
by dance instructor, Atsuko and drummer Mr. Hanaoka. 
It was just AMAZING.
(Photo:卯月)
Ugandan music and dance session
(Photo:卯月)
They really enjoyed dancing with Ugandan friends
(撮影者:卯月)
All members joined to participate with in the session
(撮影者:卯月)

We would like to take this opportunity to push a bottle of thanks to the following members for the roles they have played towards the Sanyu function. 

To begin with, 
Ms. Atsuko from African style dance/STUDIO BARJARA who supported as the coordinator of this event, 
Mr. Yamaguchi Kosuke from Uganda Diaspora Japan and he helped in event planning and being MC,  
Mr. Eiichi Hanaoka who plays the drum and percussion leading Djembe players from African drum class, 
Ms. TEEJ who performed in the beautiful live painting, 
and importantly, Ugandan friends, Arafat, Raff, Precious who acted as event staff members and as well played a big role in assisting of the event organizers in as afar as cheering and creating an enjoyable atmosphere during the event. 
You are such lovely people. 


Mr. Yamaguchi: MC
(Photo:卯月)

Raff:Translator
(Photo:卯月)

Arafat & Precious:Q&A session
(Photo:卯月)

Former JICA volunteers in Uganda:GBN’s African craft shop
(Photo:卯月)

Finally, we really appreciate all the participants at large and hope all of you enjoyed and felt ‘Sanyu’, the happiness during this event. 

We were so happy to host you all said 'I enjoyed very much!!’

We will plan ‘Sanuy_No3’ or any event in the near future and looking forward to seeing you all ounce again.


Live paint by TEEJ's work
Thank you very much! 




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