Every year, SFEA receives different groups of students from Norway who visit our partners in the region to learn more about SF’s development work among poor communities in East Africa. Lundheim Folk high school is one of SFEA’s regular school visit teams. During their visits the students are exposed to various program activities where they interact directly with the participants, get to try out some activities by themselves etc.
Mr. Eivind, the teacher who accompanied the students this year shared that this exposure to development work activities helps broaden student’s perspectives on issues to do with the developing world.
This year the students visited CBS PEWOSA, our implementing partner operating in Wakiso, Mpigi and Luwero.
The students having a moment in the CBS-FM radio station. The students were quite excited to experience the behind the scenes of radio. CBS PEWOSA carries out a lot of advocacy on poverty, development and social welfare through the radio station. We explained to the students that SFEA and CBS has focus days in a month where issues to do with community transformation and poverty eradication are highlighted among the listeners.
We then proceeded to visit a construction site where some young men, who have not been able to complete their education are being trained in construction of houses to enable them have a skill they can earn from. CBS PEWOSA implements the community Based Vocational skills training where youth are attached to artisans who are experienced in different trades. Here is one of the participants sharing how the training is helping him.
Another youth sharing his experience as a participant in the CVST
Trying out a new skill... some of the students practically engaged in the activity
We visited Mugwanya’s spice garden. Mugwanya is a youth participant in the Community Managed Microfinance program (CMMF). He used money borrowed from the CMMF group to purchase land where his garden currently is. On his land, he is growing spices like Rosemary, Oregano, Mint, thyme, celery and spring onions. He said he picked this as his income generating activity because he realised there was a lot of demand for such in the up-scaled markets of Nakasero where he sells most of his produce. Mugwanya in his spice garden
Some of the students helped to plant spring onions.
Students getting involved in planting spring onions in Mugwanya's garden
Finally the students got to interact with young ladies undergoing Vocational Skills training in hair dressing and tailoring at Hidden Treasure centre. We had a group picture with the trainees and this marked the end of the visit. The students were happy about the interactions with other young people.
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