【Educational Environment】Session of Gender awareness and Sexuality Education in Pallisa

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“Improvement of school environment to combat Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) challenges to Stop Adolescent Girls’ School Dropouts in Uganda” 

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Activity4_Session of Gender awareness and Sexuality Education in Pallisa

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

【Educational Environment】 Training of Making Reusable Pads in Pallisa

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“Improvement of school environment to combat Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) challenges to Stop Adolescent Girls’ School Dropouts in Uganda” 

You can find the details in the reports below,

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

【Environmental Protection Project】 Quarterly Report ~July to September 2019~

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'Environmental Protection through Expanding Lemon Grass Growing and Education in Uganda'

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Thank you!!!

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

Introduction of Executive Mobilizer, Arafat Ssekitto

I am a male Ugandan holding a one-year course certificate in the Japanese language, a diploma in Architecture from Miyakonojo National College of Technology, a Technical Institute in Japan. I am presently working in some construction company as a construction manager. My hobby is cooking. As regards to my past experience in the public relation domain, as an executive member of Uganda Diaspora Japan (UDJ) (working as Director mobilization and human resource committee), there have been more chances for me to interact with the Ugandan embassy through carrying out various outdoor work and activities which has helped me have a lot of connections and as well broaden my network. 

It all starts from the passion that I have for doing volunteering activities and the fact that I like making the people around me smile. Being interested in knowing and embracing international relations and being very keen towards interacting with new people. My passion is in line with one of the objectives of Global Bridge Network (GBN) which drove my attention towards becoming a member and it’s really an honor. 

GBN, under the leadership of its founder Mrs. Maiko, has made tremendous achievements in providing people with cross-cultural understanding and mutual collaboration through international communication, fiscal and mental support for orphaned children, students, community people as well as social business.

Support activities such as education, environment, medical / health, hygiene, and income improvement that GBN is developing particularly focus on children with the aim of improving their living environment and that of the local residents.  I think that this is because children are the future and foundation of the country. Since the future of the country is most likely to change depending on what kind of education the child receives and the environment in which the child grows.

As an African myself, I know too well how precious such opportunities can be and what it means for Uganda and Africa at large. It is critical for development and helps lay the foundations for social well-being, economic growth and security, gender equality and peace.

The Uganda Diaspora Japan organization, which I serve, also endorses and works to achieve those universal values, through promoting good health and sanitation as well as fighting poverty especially in rural areas of developing nations. I firmly believe that the efforts of the organizations like GBN will greatly benefit Ugandans, the Africa Continent and the world at large.

I would like to contribute to the projects of GBN in African countries as the mobilization director based on my experience through helping people to improve their lives and carrying out various activities. 

Thank you very much for your continued support to GBN!

Ssekitto Arafat


SORAK's Hadijah Completed Agri Leadership Training at ARI☆

Hadijah from our partner NGO SORAK in Uganda completed at ARI's agriculgure leadership training.

She had really made her best effort to learn. We, GBN really appreciate ARI for giving her such wonderful opportunities.

We are planning to start a new project on environmental protection through organic farming so that she can apply what she learned in Japan.

Hope we can get a fund, inshallah!!!

We will update her reflection paper so that we can see what she leant in Japan.
Thank you!


—An NGO visit to Uganda — by Tadayuki Kiyohara

In October 2019, I visited a local NGO, SORAK development agency in Uganda and observed its activities. This is a report of description of what I happened and felt during that time.

Originally, I sometimes travel backpackers, and on average I go on a medium to long-term trip once every few years.

My most interesting part of such trips is “the lives of the local people”.

This is because through that, I can get a glimpse of the differences in culture, values ​​and the problems faced by each society, which I find very useful in expanding my horizons.

Before I went to Uganda, I wanted to see the poverty and social problems of African countries with my own eyes, but I didn’t have any connection in Africa.

So, I requested “Global Bridge Network” to assist and it introduced me to two local NGOs from Uganda which has enabled me to be heading to the sites like always by myself. 

Mubende Townscape

First, I visited an NGO called “SORAK” which is active in the countryside of Mubendé.

In the morning of the first day, I met SORAK`s representatives, Mr.Muhammad. Then I visited its offices and SORAK-built school (which also serves as a childhood orphanage) and neighboring houses.

In the afternoon, I went to a small village nearby and saw a representative of SORAK giving a speech lecture at a women's association (Women gatherings seem to be common in villages of Uganda). 

The content of the lecture was about knowledge that seemed to be useful in their daily life, such as efficient cultivation methods of crops and how to sell them.

I was given the opportunity to speak, so I asked them a question "What is the hardest part of your everyday life?"

Many people raised their hands and spoke positively, giving the following answers.

Job shortage
Male domination of women
Livestock disease
Drought / Poor harvests
Distance to the hospital and transportation costs
Hospitals being closed on weekends
Husbands do not take HIV tests
Corruption of the police
Lack of knowledge / education

It was almost the same problems faced by most of the people in Africa, but I felt that it was a good trend that many people were aware of their lack of knowledge and education.

●  Participants presenting their opinions at women's association lectures

One of SORAK's activities is raising awareness of hygiene management.

For example, Before, there were many people who did not have the habit of washing their hands after visiting the toilet, which seemed to be the start point of the spread of diseases.

So, SORAK staff are now visiting households in small villages and making simple hand-washing devices beside the toilet.

If you have a tree branch, a small plastic bottle, and a string, you can make it in 5 minutes.

Also, there is a system of using pot-hole toilets in the gardens of each household, but when not in use, if you do not cover the hole, the flies might end up jumping onto your food.

In the result, it may lead to the spread of diseases.  Therefore, there will also be need of making a toilet lid as well.  This can be made free of charge because the material is only plastic fragments, tree branches and nails.

Villagers using simple hand-washing equipment installed by SORAK   
 On the 2nd and 3rd days, I also participated with the SORAK’s staff and volunteers in the activity of making this hand-washing device and toilet lid.

The fourth day was the Uganda Independence Day(Oct 9), so there was no work and SORAK'school held a party at school.

This party is also for a school and a graduation ceremony. Basically, children spend a day singing and dancing and performing musicals.

Uganda children are carefree, and even to me who doesn’t like children, I feel they are cute.

At first glance, there seems to be no bullying.

Ironically, maybe there are more bullies in countries with economic development.

Finally, I spent 4 days with the people of “SORAK” and had a great experience.

They were always kind to me that I was able to eat rice several times for free, and every day, I was picked up by car to a cheap hotel where I stayed.

School students of SORAK`s built school

A few days later, I visited the other NGO that I was introduced to by “Global Bridge Network”.

The NGO called “HOPE FOR THE FUTURE” and supports slums in the town of Entebbe.

The managing director of the organization took me to the actual slum, gave me a lot of explanations, and was able to see the residents' homes.

This seemed to be even worse than the rural people supported by SORAK, and many homes in Uganda are made of bricks, but their homes were made of soil and wood.

In addition, many homes were collapsing, and there were no toilets in each family.

Furthermore, even if there are schools, there is no money to send the child to school, and many of the children are not able to go to school.

Many children had abdominal swellings due to malnutrition.

The cause of poverty seems to be due to the fact that there are many single mothers, there is almost no work, and unlike the villages in the countryside, there are no fields to do farming.

At HOPE FOR THE FUTURE, it seems that there is still lack of funds, and also the support is not yet enough

Slum children

State in residents' house

By the way, Uganda seems to have many local NGOs run by Ugandans.

I wondered if there were so many Ugandans who could afford to donate even though the country was economically poor, but most of the donations seem to come from overseas NGOs and individuals.

Europe and the United States have a culture of donating more than Japan, so I think many of them come from such places.

Even with all kinds of problems, I feel that assistance for the education of children is especially needed.

If children are not educated, the next generation will remain poor and will not be able to escape the negative chain.

Support for education is support for independence.

Also, since children cannot choose the country where they born and their parents as well. Although in Japan, where we have a strong theory of self-responsibility, I think there are many Japanese people who can support this, especially if it’s about education.

Not only in Uganda, but just looking at news from around the world about problems in the world, if you don't know the actual situation in detail, you won't have a sense of realism and will not be willing to help. When you look at it, you can see the actual situation and get the feeling.

So, first, I think I would like many people to visit the site and see the facts with their own eyes.

Lake Victoria near the slum

The people of Uganda are calm and friendly, so it's easy to stay and the security is not as bad as it seems that Japanese people think ‘dangerous’ .

Because it is a far country, air tickets are not cheap, but the local prices are cheap, so it was not so expensive.

I stayed in a cheap hotel for around 900 yen per night in a private room with a flush toilet and water shower.

There are also some sightseeing spots such as safari tours.

At last, I stayed in Uganda for a total of about two weeks and apart from the time when I visited the NGO, I traveled around the country alone and had much fun.

I hope many people can have a chance to go to Uganda once.

Thank you!