Join Shivan, the young reporter pictured above as she continues to bring you powerful youth stories from Uganda through this vlog series.

Thank you for joining us once again as we dive into the lives and journeys of four youth who are part of the TeamUp Uganda project in Mityana. A quick recap, last time we spoke to Jamidah and Thaddeus and learned about their dreams for the future. This time around, youth reporter Shivan joins Fatuma and Razak at their homes to have candid conversations about how they are both transforming their lives and communities through the work they do. Their stories enlighten us about how young people in rural areas are sparking solutions to the challenges they face in their communities.

Meet Fatumah, a young teacher who is grappling with the closure of schools due to the pandemic but is currently working as a health facility coordinator at the Malangala Youth Empowerment Center (YEC). Fatumah may come across as shy at first glance but once she speaks, you realize she is a vibrant and vocal youth advocate. She volunteers at her local health center where she encourages young people to take advantage of the available health services such as family planning and other Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) services. Fatumah has also been given a platform to speak before sub-county and district leaders about the need to increase funding for youth friendly services. In addition to that, Fatumah represents the voices of youth in conversations surrounding maternal health at the Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH).

Fatumah who is making a difference in her community with a big smile on her face

It is clear that Fatumah takes the development of her community to heart and is truly making a difference. Through TeamUp, she has acquired knowledge and skills in agronomy and urges her peers to get involved in agriculture so they can overcome unemployment. Fatumah truly plays a vital role as a youth champion and holds a lot of responsibility on her fragile shoulders. But she is up to the task!

“… I started out as a TeamUp Uganda youth champion. My focus was initially agriculture but now, I am also working in the areas of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Health.” – Fatumah

Like Fatumah, Razak beams with pride when he speaks about his role in his community and how his advocacy has earned him respect and recognition as a youth champion. He tells Shivan that it was because of his exemplary leadership that he was selected to receive training from Whave Solutions as a hand pump mechanic. Razak not only advocates for access to safe and clean water in his community, but also encourages young people to get involved in agriculture as a means to secure a brighter future for themselves and their community.

Razak who works to ensure access to clean water in his community

Both Fatumah and Razak are key figures in their communities and have become trusted voices among their peers. They are at the forefront of change in their respective areas of interest and have aspirations and dreams for themselves and their communities. It has been fascinating to see how they have embraced all the sectors of Water, Agriculture, and Health to truly embody what TeamUp Uganda stands for.

Join Shivan in the latest from this vlog series (below) and find out more about the visions that Fatumah and Razak have for the youth in their community. The journey continues…

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TeamUp is a new multi – sectoral approach to development cooperation initiated by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and managed as well as co-financed through the three foundations of Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW), Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS) and Siemens Stiftung. The program unites the expertise, networks and resources of three local organizations, namely; Action 4 Health Uganda (A4HU), Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS) and Whave Solutions implementing in the multi sectors of Health, Agriculture as well as Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).

Tackling the complexity of challenges faced by young people, TeamUp applies a holistic approach that integrates socio-economic, health, educational and infrastructural aspects to reach 50.000 in-school and out of school youth between the ages of 15-30 years and their families in Mityana District, Central Uganda. Specifically, in five sub-counties of Bbanda, Bulera, Malangala, Kalangaalo and Maanyi.

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