Blog by Ssendegeya Jonathan-Kawempe region documenter
With no doubt people in the same locality tend to have similar challenges, this always call for the need for such people to meet. It was 28/04/2017 when the leaders plus their youths of different saving groups in bwaise network kawempe region under the umbrella of National Slum Dwellers Federation of Uganda (NSDFU) met at kalimali sanitation community hall to discuss some issues as per their savings groups and solutions to their challenge as people of the same locality
“We are the problem and we are the solution,” as one of the slogan used by the slum dwellers in the federation, many issues were raised by desperate chairpersons as they claim to have missed such meetings for the long time, they were of help as many got strengthened and advised by fellow chairpersons which is not the case these days. Challenges were also raised like lack of enough financial support, difficulty in sitting the meetings at the group level and others as possible solutions are also suggested among themselves.
Hope was revived again among them as they got words of encouragement from the chairperson of kawempe region national slum dwellers federation of Uganda Mr. Rhonald kasaalu and he introduced a new project in the pipe line targeting the youth funded by IMO which was proudly and cheerfully welcomed.
Many issues were discussed but there showed a need to revive meetings at all levels especially at the group and network level plus regional council meetings, this creates positive competition among the groups as they all aim at the best. Something must be done on the ground to know what is needed, let it be facilitation or remobilization and monitoring to have the sleeping groups awakened
Blog by Sendegeya Jonathan
Kalimali Bisoboka (meaning things are possible) savings group is one of the savings group with more than 30 members located at the kalimali sanitation project in kawempe region under the umbrella of national slum dwellers federation of Uganda, like any other saving group, it has been going through some challenges from the beginning among which includes leadership and many others this has affected the group membership and savings. But there was a change of the story on 4/5/2017 in the group meeting when everything was resolved for the group to restart afresh whereby the following was resolved
- Change of the leadership
- Auditing of the group savings to trace the missing money
- Group meetings to sit on every Wednesday
- To come up with the group project
- Registration of the group as CBO
This was as a result of the effort by the region chairperson Mr. Kasaalu in his monitoring exercise after receiving the complaint from the die-hard group members as their group was led astray from the purpose as to why it was formed.
This can act as a sample of many groups in the same saga not only in kawempe region but in all the municipalities where national slum dwellers federation of Uganda has its input but lacking a hand, this call attention to the concerned from the national level to the regional level to put on their boots and pull their stockings. Before there was a monitoring exercise done at region level to the groups facilitated by ACTogether, this made the exercise so easy as groups were visited and monitored by the concerned facilitators