With so many varied initiatives running from Suubi Centre, over such a long period of time, we are now getting an increasing numbers of people wanting to learn what actually makes our projects different and why they are so successful. At first, we had individuals, schools and the wider community from the areas surrounding Suubi wanting to get involved. More recently however, we have been approached by people from far flung areas of Uganda, other African countries and organisations from first world countries; all who are keen to try to replicate what has been achieved by the partnership between Suubi Centre, Uganda and HUG, Australia
With the Suubi Secondary & Vocational College's home based chicken project featuring in national newspaper's in both Uganda and Australia, late last year, we have since been contacted by a number of people who had either read these articles, or been told of the success of the many projects initiated and run by Suubi and HUG. People from organisations and schools, in other districts in Uganda, have requested Suubi Centre director, Ssemwogerere David, to come and teach them the skills required to develop similar projects in there own areas, while Helen Brown, from HUG, has also been approached by many Aussies to tell the HUG/Suubi story. Over the last five days it has been very exciting to see David and Helen spreading the story and skills, at the same time, on opposite sides of the world!
David held a five day training program for the Rugashari Project, in Kibaale District. This particular training program passed on business and management skills, with the focus on setting up small scale chicken and piggery businesses. David's academic background of having successfully completed his Masters degree in rural development, coupled with his first hand experience of having set up similar initiative at Suubi Centre, Suubi partner schools and Suubi Secondary College meant the trainees had a wealth of knowledge to draw on.
Trainees were selected by Rugashari Parents Secondary College and David then conducted the training sessions at the school.
Once David had explained various components of the training, group discussions were held as to how this could be implemented by individuals or the group.
The trainees were later split in to groups so they could role play various components of the training and learn from each other.
While in Kibaale, David was also interviewed by URDT radio station, enabling many people in the surrounding community to hear about Suubi's many successful projects.
At the end of the five day training each of the participants were presented with a certificate. Steven (L), who had travelled from Kenya's Boston School in Nairobi, was happy to be presented his certificate from Ssemwogerere David (centre) and one of the organising members of Rugashari Parents Secondary College (R)
A group photo of the participants with the certificates.
As David was successfully conducting the training in Kibaale in Uganda, HUG founder, Helen Brown, was also busy spreading the HUG and Suubi story on the other side of the world at the National Lion's Convention in Echuca, Australia. With more than 1500 people, having travelled from all corners of Australia to attend the convention, it gave Helen the opportunity to tell a completely new audience about the 10 year journey that has seen extraordinary things achieved in Uganda and Australia (Help 'US' grow).
While Helen has spoken, on many occasions in the past, to local schools and service organisations, the National Lion's Convention was a huge new audience. People from across Australia were inspired to hear what has been achieved by HUG and Suubi Centre working side by side to make a positive difference in so many people's lives.
Many of the convention attendees took the opportunity to buy hand made Suubi craft - with the money going directly back to the lady or student who had made the craft piece, it was an ideal way for them to support the very people they had heard Helen speak of. How wonderful to think that every time they wear a piece of jewellery, back in their home towns and other states, they may be asked about it and then go on to tell the HUG/Suubi story again. Perfect!
We would love to continue to spread the skills we have learnt along this amazing journey, with the hope that other communities and projects can duplicate the success we have had at Suubi to date. If you are interested in having either David or Helen spend to with your organisation or school please do not hesitate to contact us.