You have been following our Youth Reporter Shivan’s coverage of Jamidah and Thaddeus for a few months now and it is time to catch up on their lives since the last time Shivan spoke to them.

The joy in Jamidah’s eyes is not only captivating but shows the optimism she feels in the direction that her life is taking. While her own mobile money business has grown, Jamidah is also thrilled to inform about the many new businesses opened by youth in her community. She attributes this rise in entrepreneurship to training and skilling through TeamUp Uganda and youth champions who spread the knowledge. Seeing the youth in her community thrive and improve their livelihoods brings hope to Jamidah and is something she is honored to play a role in.

As a trained A4HU Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) peer facilitator, Jamidah has been proactively spreading knowledge to fellow youth and her ambition is to become an official advocate for youth issues at sub-county level. Jamidah’s confidence is further shown in her involvement in community outreaches where she takes part in sanitation activities. This is ensuring the continued access to health and sanitation information and services not only at the Youth Empowerment Centre (YEC) in Maanyi, but also at the various water sources in her community.

Moving forward, Jamidah has also become a scriptwriter for the Radio Novella ‘Akakongolijjo’ (‘The Hurdles’) under production by TeamUp Uganda and airing soon in Mityana alongside the TeamUp Hour. We at TeamUp Uganda cannot wait to see how this new skill shown by Jamidah will develop further and we hope that you will be following once it is ready to air.

Thaddeus also tells of the positive developments in his life and his community…

Who can forget Thaddeus’s wide yet shy smile? His smile beams even wider when he shows Shivan the three-bedroom house he is constructing for himself using the proceeds from his farming businesses. Thaddeus’s agribusinesses have grown – he is now exporting matooke (bananas) and pineapples beyond Mityana district to a newly opened stall in Kampala. This has greatly improved his income.

Thaddeus is also still diligent in his work as a water pump attendant to ensure that his community has continuous access to safe and clean water. Additionally, he is involved in monthly health outreaches in his community which is very impactful since the nearest health facility is far from his village.

Jamidah and Thaddeus have shown how multi-sectoral interventions, in this case, the approach of TeamUp Uganda in the sectors of agriculture, water and health can bring about lasting change in the lives of young people. Both have used the training they received from TeamUp Uganda not only to change their lives, but the lives of youth in their communities.

Watch the video below and join Shivan as she documents the changes that have taken place over just a few months in the lives of Jamidah and Thaddeus. In her next vlog, Shivan will show how the other two youth Razak and Fatumah are doing. Keep watching so as not to miss any of their inspirational stories.

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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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