Youth in Karamoja are empowered to actively participate in their communities, advocate for youth related issues, and hold key duty bearers accountable for providing youth friendly SRH and HIV/AIDS services.
Objectives of the Karamoja Connect Program
The program is implemented by Reach A Hand, Uganda (RAHU) with support from UNFPA Uganda. It comprises of three main components; youth empowerment, advocacy, and monitoring of SRH related issues in Karamoja.
Fourteen select youth from Karamoja are provided with information and the necessary skills to enable their empowerment to advocate for and monitor the provision of youth friendly SRH and HIV/AIDS services in the region. The selected young people act as youth advocacy champions through the Karamoja Connect program to hold key duty bearers accountable for the provision of youth friendly sexual and reproductive health services.
The youth champions in Karamoja are trained in basic ICT, advocacy and monitoring skills regarding the quality of youth friendly SRH services with an emphasis on access to HIV/AIDS services and information. Each youth leader is assigned to an outstanding member of the community who is involved in district affairs, SRH, and/or youth related activities to mentor them throughout the project.
Onyanga Robert is a 19 year old out of school youth from Nakapiripirit District, Achegeretolim Parish and Nabilatuk Sub county. At the moment, he is the chairperson of one of the Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs) in his village.
Robert Okongo 19 years old, is from Kaabong district in Karenga sub county in Karenga Parish. He wants to be a teacher serving in a government school when he grows up.
Loru Charles Lobingo is an 18 year old out of school youth from Loroo sub-county Loroo Parish in Amudat District
Lydia Longoli is a 19 year old out of school youth from Kotido District. She studied upto Senior Four in 2014 with support from the GEM Scholarship which phased out in Karamoja.
Lokongo Leonard is a 19 year old out of school youth from Matanyi sub county, Napak district Morulinga Parish. He is tailor by profession and owns a reaction center where he earns a living.
Awii Rhoda is a 16 year old out of school youth from Alerek Sub county in Abim District. She wants to be an engineer when she goes back to school.
Bernard Jiakol Markis from Nadunget sub county Moroto district. He is an 18 year old out of school teaching in a Nachele community Early Childhood Development (ECD) school in Moroto District.
Evaline Imen is a 19 year old volunteer at the Youth corner in Kapedo Health Center III. She comes from Kapedo parish, Kapedo sub-county in Kabbong district.
Ichuman Juliana is an S.3 student at St. Kizito SS in Nakapiripirit District. She comes from iriri village in Napak District. She 18years old.
Abura Fatuma is a 17 year old in-school youth from Amudat district and an S.3 student at Pokot Senior Secondary School, Amudat District.
Akech Godwill Florence is 18 years old and she is a Senior Five student at Morulem Girls’ Secondary School. She lives in Abim town council, Akado Rymriamriam village, in Abim District.
Akech Patricia Euniceis an 18 year old youth champion from Napak District. She is currently a student at Kangole Girls’ School in Senior Five Sciences.
Apio Deborah is 18 years old and she hails from Lomokola village in Kotido District born in a family of eight children. She is the sixth born.