My LEAP Encounter and leadership transformation at HOLD Uganda and Communities
‘If you have not attended LEAP training you are incomplete, it doesn’t matter how many other qualifications that you have attained, LEAP is unique and it’s one size for all whether illiterate or literate, villager or town dweller…you need LEAP knowledge ’
First of all, thanks to Lauren (Executive Director of Leap4change), for training three HOLD Uganda staff on LEAP and supporting partnership growth between HOLD Uganda and LEAP Kumazima, a fellow Uganda based partner managed by Stephencanon. At first I thought the leadership trainings I had attended were enough and had given me enough leadership knowledge and skills. However, after completing LEAP Training of Trainers (TOT), I thanked God because I was able to discover a new beginning towards achieving the vision and aim of HOLD Uganda. At HOLD Uganda LEAP brought us together further. LEAP brought cohesion in our team and communities.
It’s now a policy at HOLD Uganda to train our community members on LEAP as a prerequisite for entering any of our other programs. This applies to new HOLD Uganda staff because the knowledge we have learned from LEAP has directly benefitted our organizational management and leadership. It is all community-based and it makes it easy for HOLD Uganda staff to support community members who are LEAP trained. HOLD Uganda has directly trained 200 participants (women, youths, local leaders, and community members) on LEAP and the LEAP fire is still burning! When HOLD Uganda trains leaders (youths, women and community) we follow up to ensure that they then train others in their own villages. HOLD Uganda recently recruited a volunteer in charge of Tailoring and Design (Ms. Fatuma Nabirye) and she is currently undergoing LEAP training under the facilitation of Ms Martha Zalwango (HOLD Uganda Programs Coordinator).
HOLD Uganda is planning to Launch D by Z designs business Kamuli for former LEAP Trainees. This will further equip LEAP trainees with practical business skills in tailoring and designs out of which they start their own businesses to enable them earn income. It is expected that many LEAP trainees will go through this business to acquire practical skills, as a business learning centre.
Proceedings that will come out of the sale of pillows and other products from this business will be used by HOLD Uganda to acquire and give out menstrual sanitary towels/pads to young adolescent girls in primary schools in Kamuli district. In addition, when the business expands, HOLD Uganda will support primary schools to establish bathrooms with privacy where the young girls can comfortably change their towels and even WASH when at school.
To sustain this intervention in communities, HOLD Uganda intends to train some LEAP trainees some of whom are parents of the girls in sewing re-usable sanitary towels which will then make the towels available in the rural communities/ at grassroot level.
HOLD Uganda conducted an assessment in Kamuli district to understand why girls drop out of school when they reach upper primary, findings raveled that majority (80%) of girls drop out of school when they start menstruating due to lack of training in menstrual hygiene management and lack of menstrual materials and appropriate sanitation facilities at school.