Notes From the Field

Though not measured through precise statistical methods, we seem to notice a pattern that updates on our page and impact in the community are inversely proportional. Therefore, since we have not posted in ~10 months, it must mean we have lots of good things to report… which we do!

Where to begin?

Youth Centre(!): Last time, we promised you some updates… better late than never, right? The shell of the centre is complete! Using the funds we received from the Lake Minnetonka Excelsior Rotary Club, we have been able to build the outside to our future community space. While we are super excited about what we have– a physical representation of what, for so long, has been a dream– we know we are not finished yet. If you are interested in supporting the completion of the Youth Centre, we will be posting (soon, we promise) about the centre, what we will need to finish it, and a link to donate. We would be extremely grateful for any support you feel you want to share with us. As always, please let us know if you have any other questions.

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NUHC boys standing in their Youth Centre

Creative Entrepreneurship Trainings: NUHC’s director, Benny, has been busy traveling all over Uganda for the past few months organizing and facilitating a series of two-week creative entrepreneurship trainings with youth from across the country. Supported by In Place of War (IPOW), these trainings are intended to support young people to improve their business skills using creativity. So far this year, Benny has led three trainings, two in Kampala and one in Gulu. It is always exciting when passionate young people come together to learn with and from one another.

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Forum Theatre Training and Events: Another big project (also supported by IPOW), has been a series of trainings and events using community theatre to change perceptions and reduce stigma around disabilities, particularly those who were affected by the war in Northern Uganda. During these trainings, members of NUHC who are a part of this project, along with many community members, used its connections in communities to mobilise and advocate for community transformation. These events have been taking place in various districts across Northern Uganda.

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Hip-Hop Agribusiness and Other Activities: If that does not seem like enough to keep the crew busy, NUHC members are continually working on other community projects, such as the agriculture projects, school outreaches, and Kitgum community events.

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One of over 1,000 trees that have been planted in Kitgum to promote income generation and environmental conservation

We want to end with a super shout-out to all the NUHC members who not only make it their mission to improve the lives of their peers and fellow community members, but do so while pursuing their education. From completing secondary school to university to trade school to health practitioners, we are made up of quite the impressive bunch. What an amazing group of young people with so much dedication, compassion, and drive.

If you have questions about or are interested in supporting any of NUHC’s activities, please feel free to reach out via social media platforms, email, or on this page. Thank you for your support!

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Big Things Happening!

Hi Everyone!

We know it has been a good while since we posted an update. It is not that we have been doing nothing, in fact quite the opposite. We have been doing so much, we have not had time to update the blog. However, big things are happening here and we felt we must share! If you have not seen from other sources of social media, WE ARE BUILDING OUR YOUTH CENTRE! That’s right. You heard us. Our biggest dreams are coming true. This idea has been in the making for years, and we are beyond excited that it is finally happening. Hopefully we will update much more along the way, but in short, the hope for this centre is that it provides a safe space for youth in Kitgum to access comprehensive services, including arts and music, computers and technology, empowerment sessions, etc.

We have provided some of our updated photos below. If you are interested in hearing more about this project please check back for more updates. If you are REALLY interested in hearing more about the project, please reach out to us directly (because we realize our record with the blog updates are not so great) at hoppy2012@gmail.com or lwalkowski34@gmail.com

Thanks all!

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What’s New in N.U.?

Glad you asked! We have been a little scarce on the inter-webs lately, but that does not mean we have not been working; in fact, we have been so busy, we have not had a chance to update the website. But, here we are now!

So, what’s new with NUHC, you ask? Some updates to our website, for staters! Take a look around. You’ll notice an updated member list, update programs, and this new post!

In May, NUHC was heavily involved with a National GLOW/BRO (Girls Leading Our World/Boys Reaching Out) Camp hosted by Peace Corps Uganda. Our members as well as the club members we support were both campers and facilitators during the week. Since then, everyone has been busy with follow-up activities from the camp.

We have also been busy conducting our outreaches in both the prison and schools– primary and secondary– in the community. During our outreaches, we promote creative facilitation methods that empower people of all ages to find their talents and strengths within themselves.

Additionally, we– in conjunction with one of the secondary schools– hosted an event for International Youth Day. It was an amazing day for young people from various youth groups in the community to come together to learn and share. It was great!

Finally, in our free time, we have been busy in the garden and working on the beehive projects to ensure we cater for our personal and organisational needs.

Needless to say, we have been busier than ever before and things are going extremely well! Keep following us on this page, we promise to stay on top of things better!

 

Kitti Gat KrAiZyYy

2015 was big year for NUHC, we had events, trainings and camps. Many of which had never been done within the organization or within Kitgum. As great as it was, 2015 also created big shoes for this year to fill.

However, so far, we have started off strong with our biannual Kitti Gat Kraizy event. Even better than that, this round of Kitti Gat Kraizy was organised by our youth, all on their own! They did a wonderful job organising everything from the venue, the timetable, advertising, and even inviting community elders and guests from Kampala!

Though they faced some challenges along the way, they learned a great lesson in organising events start to finish. Overall it was a wonderful day of bringing the community together to inspire one another with their talents. From lessons of Uganda’s hip-hop history to kids battle to one-one and crew competitions to rappers, we had a jam-packed and colourful day!

Take a look for yourselves!

 

Until next time!!

Girls! We Run the World!

Gender quality is a very relevant topic among global development spheres, particularly when it comes to the continent of Africa. At NUHC, we are inclusive of all genders, and we work hard to promote respect and empowerment among all youth, regardless of gender. Because of the nature of our work, we naturally attract more male youth to our programs and events. HOWEVER! This past week, Benny and Leah had a wonderful opportunity to help facilitate a three-day camp for about 250 girls from various districts in Northern Uganda.

They traveled to Lira, where they worked with a partner organization called CEDA International to participate in the camp. While Leah was busy with lots of camp logistics and photography, Benny was in his element as he taught a group of about 25 female youth about hip-hop (including rap and beatboxing) as well as all the participants about Agribusiness. The 5am starts quickly tired everyone out, but with all the energy and excitement buzzing around the camp, the smiles never stopped.

November Updates from the Field

Hello again!

It has been a while since we have given you an update on our activities- please forgive us, we have been so busy!

November was filled with lots of lessons at the center, reaching over 250 youth. In addition to our normal activities, we focused a lot on follow-up activities from our August Hiphop Camp project. Students from our camp’s host school are rockstars! They have really taken what they learned and put it to practice. They have a thriving permagarden (actually TWO!) that are already providing fresh vegetables during a time when local markets do not have access.

More than that, they have really taken a keen interest in teaching their peers about how to make RUMPS (reusable menstrual pads) as a way to promote gender equality as well as income generation. We spent a full week with the students between their exam periods, making RUMPS with other students from their school. It was so great seeing them take pride in teaching their friends a skill that has the potential to improve their community.

Maybe you’re wondering why you are only seeing male youth in the photos… Good observation! We opened up our RUMPS training to all students in the school, but it was the boys who seemed to take more interest in it!

We are very, very proud of the youth who attended the camp from Vignato Secondary School. They have shown us that they are true leaders in their school and their communities. This experience has shown us the importance of empowering the youth to take initiative for themselves.

Because we know actions speak louder than words, we will leave you with lots of photos!

Until next time!

NUHC

 

 

Congrats to NUHC Dancers!

This weekend was comprised of all things NUHC dance related. Despite only getting a one day’s notice that we had been signed up for a Kitgum dance crew competition, we came out victorious! So, a big congratulations to our boys and girl!

They had to compete in three categories- traditional dance, hip-hop and freestyle. Then, the top two had to go head-to-head for the title. After three rounds of dancing to unrehearsed songs, the choice was unanimous– NUHC had won!

As always, our dancers bring smiles to everyone’s faces, and we are so proud of them!

Good work, all!

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October Updates

Yesterday we celebrated Ugandan Independence Day!

So, today we thought we would share a few pictures of what we have been up to lately.

Here is a link to our NUHC Rap Cypher! This is just a preview of what’s to come, so stay tuned!

Getting ready for the Rap Cypher
Getting ready for the Rap Cypher
Using local instruments to create beats
Using local instruments to create beats
Kitgum Sky
Kitgum Sky
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NUHC
Communication Session after lessons
Communication Session after lessons
Teaching young b-boys and b-girls
Teaching young b-boys and b-girls
Baby Freeze!
Baby Freeze!
Practicing Rap
Practicing Rap
Sometimes we like to have fun :)
Sometimes we like to have fun 🙂

Cheers!

Practicing What We Preach

Yesterday, NUHC was invited to a community basketball event to do what we do best… entertain! So, that we did. We took the opportunity to showcase the NUHC rappers as they performed their new song on Girl-Child Education to their peers in Kitgum!

Our performance was so good, even the rain wanted to appreciate us! Fortunately, we stayed dry during the performance. Unfortunately, most of us were soaked as we stayed to support the basketball players. However, the community really loved the new song, and that is all that mattered!

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