Throughout the months of May, June, July and August we had a steady stream of International volunteers at Suubi who participated in a variety of activities. During this time there were many exciting things happening at the centre and much was learned by both the volunteers and Ugandans. You can read about these incredible four months on the 2012 trip blog.
While the majority of volunteers were from Australia, we were also very pleased to have Msangi Sulaiman, a Tanzanian, who spent almost two week with us. He was part of a three country mentoring program being run between Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. This is being overseen by The East African Civil Society Watchdog Project which focuses on sustainable development in the Lake Victoria basin. This group is in fact 'watch dogging' government run development projects across the three countries in the hope of shining a light on governments’ accountability. It is expected that this will help to make sure that the limited government and donor funds available are being used in the most effective and cost efficient ways.
As part of the Watchdog Project, two participants from each country were selected to visit successfully run projects in one of their neighbouring countries. This year Suubi Centre was chosen, as one of only two project in Uganda, to have the Tanzanian participants learn from their experience.
Sulaiman spent his time at Suubi Centre being mentored by Ssemwogere David in the hope that he will take already successfully proven skills and knowledge back to projects in Tanzania. With thriving projects like Suubi, in all three countries, willing to share their ideas so others can learn, it is envisaged that development practises in all participating countries will improve.
While Sulaiman learnt lots from David administratively while at Suubi, he was also expertly shown by Kateitwa Ishmael, many of the successful projects which externally run and are co-ordinated by Suubi Centre. Some of these included visiting school gardens, mushroom and piggery projects and coffee farming.
Sulaiman, left was impressed by the size and quality of the vegetables and fruit grown in the Suubi demonstration garden.
He recorded information about many of the projects he visited, such as the coffee farm at Faasi's place. This will be invaluable when it comes to sharing the skills he has learnt.
A visit to OMODING Primary School to see their school garden proved to be very fruitful.
Sulaiman (C) learnt much from his mentors, Ssemwogerere David (L) and Kateitwa Ishmael (R) during his time at Suubi Centre.
We all agree that much was learnt during the mentoring program this year. It is wonderful to know that Suubi is teaching people in other countries about sustainable development and hopefully some time in the future we will be hearing about a similar project to Suubi Centre in Tanzania.