FIVE YEARS SINCE I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE SLUM RUN.

nanciesI am  Nancy  Lakot,  one of the  Butterfly  members  from  northern Uganda  I was recruited in 2010 (Cohort 2),   since we have suffered from war in Northern Uganda  and had massive problems in our village where many people lost their lives. This was sad moment for many who lost their loved ones.   To me it was to stand up for to be strong and have goal in life.  In 2009 when people went back to their villages, many people faced different problems and mostly girls they were not allowed to go to school since people in the village thought that girls are not capable of education.   They thought girls would not pass exams and this made me develop a passion to be a leader in my village.  When I grow up I want to be able to change my community one day and since my daddy has given us the opportunity to study in one of the remote primary school in the village, this made me feel sad for other girls who are not going to school.

When I was recruited in the Butterfly Project as member 2010 I learnt so many things and I became   more passionate about changing my community and empowering young girls that they have the same right like everyone in the villages and giving them different options so that they do not marry early. I did this using MUSIC, DEBATE, SONG AND EVEN TRAINING IN SELF ESTEEM AND HIV AWARENESS.nanciees.jpg

In 2012 the Slum Run was founded by Francis Ssuuna, a friend of mine in the Butterfly Project.  Running was one of the key activities to support the disadvantaged children from slum areas like the Acholi Quarter to help fight poverty in Uganda.  I participated as a runner because I wanted to show that girls can do anything, though people in Uganda don’t think that girls have any hope to be good at athletics.  I was one of a few that participated and our participation encouraged many girls to be running in the Slum Run today.

I was not in Kampala for the more recent years but came back to Kampala this year for my A levels.  I won’t be running but my role on 27th November will be to welcome guests and show them around the exhibitions that we will be having here at the Centre.

I have also been working on the displays, which will show the work of the Kireka centre and the new centre up in Koro near Gulu, where I have spent some time during this year with the girls’ empowerment activities.  I am ready to explain to visitors about all the activities that have been going on in the Butterfly Centre and the impact that the Butterfly Project are having in the community

Also the Slum Run has kept many of the young people working in the quarries in school due to the support the Butterfly Project was able to give to them and also helped them to stay out of the quarry or collecting scrap which many of them used to do. Today, the Slum Run is big compared to the one I ran in 2012, it’s fun for the kids and makes them happy.

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SLUM RUN 2016

slumrunlogo2016newThis year, we are organising a slum run whereby young children come together and show their talents because not that every child has been gifted equally. we have been doing this for some good years and children have been responding positively simply because they love to run and refresh their minds . From the previous run we have been organising , we discovered that children love to run and most of them have career dreams in running like Kiprotich who won a gold medal for his country[Uganda] .So they also want to be like that.

This run has encouraged team working among themselves [children], confidence building . passion for what they are doing , career development, that is to say they can now share their ideas on different things that they think is good for them as runners [incoming Kiprotich] in Uganda.

Even though we have been  organising this run for the previous years smoothly, we have faced many challenges during the journey of recruiting these kids for the slum run, as athletics is not a sport commonly practised in Uganda.

This year’s run will be a little bit different from other runs we have had in the previous years because we are adding athletes from different schools who are going to  participate in the Slum Run, the routes have been mapped and marked carefully.  So we are hoping to see more success   in this coming run than the previous.

My job on the day will be to organise all of the marshalling and I have a team I have brought together for this purpose.  On the day we will be showing the runners where to run and during the week before we will be helping runners by walking the route with them (on 20th November). Also my team will be looking after water points and dealing with any problems that runners may have on the way.

THIS IS ALL BECAUSE OF THE “BUTTERFLY PROJECT”

Sharon

 

 

KORO’S NEW EXPERIENCE

Hello, my name is Okema Beckham Junior a member of the Butterfly project who went up in Koro one of the villages in and had a four day activities with the kids in the villages and this is how we productively spent our time with the kids;

Day one (Wednesday);

This is when we travelled there and arrived a bit late but it wasn’t very late to prepare for the next day and good enough the staff we had there played a good role of letting the children in the village know that we were going to be there and to tell some of the kids to wait for us and the kids weren’t disappointing and they didn’t let us down.

Our first activity was to introduce the different activities we were going to run to the children and thereafter had to send them out to go tell the other friends what we will be doing for the remaining days and the time they should be coming at the center and the kids did as we told them.

Day two (Thursday);

We begun the day with gathering and told them what we will be doing for the day and boomed of the place with the traditional dances as one of the activities in the talent discoveries and we were able to get quite a number of them but others didn’t seem to be very good in doing it and had to give them sweets to encourage others and thereafter broke off to have lunch with the kids.

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We also had to teach the kids how to utilize the resources in the communities to generate electricity and this was done by Brian who came together with me and he did the electronic parts of the activities.

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We then gave the kids a break before they had to go and play Fluxx Ben had bought and went and played volley ball with them as other enjoyed swinging and thereafter had to gather the kids to end the day.

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Day three (Friday);

Day three was when Brian had to finalize with his activity and introduced a new system of electricity generation and the children enjoyed doing it with him and I kicked off with the dice making and I had to explain how we were going to make them and what we were going to use the dices for and everything seemed new to them and that was what we had really gone there to do (teach them new things). We made 4, 6 and 8 sided dices and told them to keep their own dices and had to break off for lunch.

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After lunch, we had to then kick off with what we told them we would use the dices for and it was to use it to play the game they were going to make and had to get the capable ones together and started with making snakes and ladders because it was easy for them to understand the concept of the game since we had already printed out some copies of snakes and ladders for them to understand the game and it was ….a piece of cake.

And the funny part of the activity was that they had to comment that the game wasn’t all that easy to make it but they said it was easier to play it so I had to give a hand and helped them complete it.

Then the next game we had to make was the draughts and it was easy because most of them had already played it but actually never made any game of such and I had to help them out with the measurements and had the draughts smoothly running.

I had to take some kids Ben had chose and spend a night with them in Cosmo guest house and had them play Ice flow and also gave them a chance to play Torchlight 2 with the few Ben selected but I had to postpone my plans to go back to Kampala and had to finish the game I had not finished the previous day.

It was a chance for us to ask them and assess them to get the preview of the four day activities and besides that we also asked them to come up with different more Ideas on how they are going to use the knowledge they got to do something productive in their communities.

Thanks a lot for your support to make all this successful.

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HOLIDAY’S ACTIVITIES

This holiday, we have been visiting some organisations trying to see different things and different activities that they do and see if we could get some new ideas from each organisation that we visited. Some of the organisations that we visited were ; YARID [Young African refugees for integral development]that works with both young  children and the youth and they mostly deals with technology and they normally run it with the youth, Ubuntu which works with girls ,they make beads and other activities , Special children, Special people and this organisation deals with young children and people with disabilities of different kinds, MADUFAFA [Making A Difference in Uganda Face to Face] and they do different activities like dancing, singing , valley ball and many others.

We have been running different activities  with the kids from each organisation that we visited . We were able to run activities like board games, singing ,dancing, valley ball,art for change, reading, spelling bee, and many others.

We experienced  many new things from the different organisations that we were able to visit, we learnt different things from each organisation and we were also able to get ideas . As a result of it all ,we gained experience, confidence, passion to do good and many others .

And to the children , they were able to gain confidence, passion to do good , honesty, love for one another, team work, and many other things. I believe that they can all now stand for what is right , start their own projects and change their communities.

Sharon

 

 

 

 

 

POEM ON GRASS WILL GROW

If you should take my child ,give my hands strength to dig his grave ,cover him earth . Lord send a little man , for grass will grow.

If my house should burn down ,so that sting the nostrils ,making the eyes weep, then Lord send a little rain for grass will grow.

But Lord do not send me madness, do not send me moors hard madness to lodge shug in my skull.

I would like you to send me hordes of houses, gallopsing, crushing, but do not break the yalk of the moon on me .

Sharon

OLIVER TWIST’S STORY

Oliver Twist was born at a work house and that is where his mother died and the old nurse at the work house doesn’t know where his mother come from. Oliver never saw his mother . He struggled with life and he faced a lot of problems . Oliver was punished when he asked for soup , he was made to eat the food that belongs to dogs and was made to sleep among the coffins between the counter, he was accused for stealing and yet he never did anything  and he was arrested for being involved in the robbery. So he really suffered but he is just a little boy , I think you can see the way he suffered in his life.

That’s why it’s not good to have friends even though some times they help you because like for Oliver ,they were  making sure that Oliver fall in problem and they weren’t good friends at all.

Though he was very young like what but he managed to live his life .

Sharon

THE READING SPELLING PROJECT

My name is Sharon Lamaro, I am one of the Butterfly members and I joined Butterfly project in 2014 after being interviewed. I went  through a lot of trainings before coming up with an idea and because of the trainings that I went through ,I was able to come up with the idea of Music ,dance and drama which was my first project and I started this project because most of the youth in our community could not do any thing that could support their traditions and culture. So I came up with this idea to let them remember and support their traditions and culture by practicing and teaching them on different things according their traditions. The aim of this project is to see that the youth of this world not only our community know their talents and have dreams for their future[career ].I really have the passion for the project and I am happy for it .

In 2016, I came up with another idea of Reading Spelling project. I started this project to improve the reading and the writing skills of the kids and to improve their English speaking skills .I really love working with the young kids because they make me feel happy always .The aim of this project is make sure that children are knowing the reading and the writing skills when they are still young . The vision of this project is to see that all the children in not only Uganda but all over the world know how to read and spell words correctly.