I want to complete my studies to be a doctor – here’s what drives me

My name is Akena Reagan Peter. A member of the Butterfly Project…. I joined the project in 2011 when the Butterfly Project was searching for gifted and talented Ugandan youth living in the disadvantaged part of the country (rural). My family and I were among the many people affected by the LRA insurgency and driven to internally displaced people camp for over 20 years. Even though the resistance is no more, this part of the country still bleeds from the effects of the war it has caused.

As a child and all my life, I wanted to save life. Seeing people suffer and die from diseases that can be treated motivated me even more to do something about it especially to the people where I come from. One of those is Malaria which is the leading cause of death in infants.

According to a recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria. In 2015, there were roughly 212 million malaria cases and an estimated 429 000 malaria deaths. Sub-Saharan Africa continues to carry a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden. In 2015, the region was home to 90% of malaria cases and 92% of malaria deaths. In Uganda, Malaria is the leading cause of death among Ugandan accounting for over 27% of lives of Ugandans.(Ministry of Health-Malaria Bulletin 2016). One of the causes of this high rate is due to the inadequate health care facilities and health workers and it’s also the reason why I want to become a doctor.

Through my experience with the Butterfly Project, I also learnt a lot of things. I had dreams but never knew if they could come true and its one of the things you’ll find in most of the kids being brought up in a poor background, you dream but there is nothing to help you make your dream come true and so most of their dreams die at the end because of either limited resources or no one look up to/motivate them to achieve what they wanted as its general to most of the kids in that setting. The butterfly project has taught me a number of things, I got the idea of making change from the Butterfly Project, to make a positive change you didn’t have to start from something big, just had to start from what you have and because of this at the age of 12, I decided to come up with a project, this project was about reporting issues happening in the local community, some health related issues like sanitation, educative aspects and several other issues.

This project was particularly for the Acholi Quarter community living in the slum area in a Kampala suburb, I was particularly working with a team of young individuals at my age and others slightly younger who were acting as news anchors and I would do the editing bit of it, we named this newsletter ‘AQ Youth News’ (AQ-Acholi Quarter).

I also came up with another project two years later called ICT for Change project, from its name, this project was majorly aimed at educating young individual(10-15) on the basic essentials of ICT, it tackled the basic components like Microsoft word to increase their typing skills and speeds, PowerPoint for presentation and the internet bit of it to connect to people overseas and know what’s happening in various part of the world because we are living in a global village and because ICT is becoming one of major essentials in many parts of the world and a job qualification for many other areas.

From the Butterfly Project I also learnt to be selfless, to give back without expecting in return which motivated me to come up with all the above. I also got a chance to reach and visit many important places and sites including the capital city which I first visited because of the project. Among these is, the National Museum, the National Theatre, the National Zoo, the source of world’s second longest river (R. Nile)   at Jinja, lake Victoria, the Mandela National Stadium, the Entebbe international Airport, Queen Elizabeth Game Park, farms, got my first experience with the 3D, experienced most of the international foods and many others among to mention but a few.

Through my experience with the Chrysalis School for Young Social Entrepreneurs in 2011 when I was in Senior One, I got the chance to learn subjects which were rare in most cases not there in the schools found in the country, they included Ethics(sympathy and empathy), International Citizenship, Activism ( personalities which done great things in the lives of others). I also learnt how to use computer and internet, boosted by public speaking ability and learnt how to be confident in things I do, connected with some personalities overseas, improved on my reading and writing skills, farming skills, going to change maker workshops, one of which I can remember is the Ashoka Youth venture workshop organized in Kenya’s capital Nairobi bordering Uganda to the east which ran for about a week bringing change makers from all over East Africa, the goal was also to recognize and empower change makers from all over the region who were still in the dream it and do it stage, I also learnt how to play various computer games and board games which were both for educative and leisure purposes, participated in various sports activities like athletics (slum run and few pitch events, football, Frisbee.)

Photos of zoo

Photos of Acholi Quarter News Production

I am doing a Bachelor of Clinical Medicine and Community Health at Kampala International University (School of health sciences) which is expected to last for 4½ years. Kampala International University’s Western Campus [KIU-WC] is situated on about 70 acres of land in Ishaka-Bushenyi, along Mbarara –Kasese Road in Western Uganda about 300km from the capital Kampala.

I have just started my second semester-first year. The first semester started in August 2017 and ended in December 2017 which comprises of 12 course units which are Biology (human history, how life came about, etc), Chemistry ( the medium on which the human body works), Physics ( studying some machines which are use in diagnosis and how they operate), Community Health and Epidemiology ( Study disease patterns and their distribution in community essential in making diagnosis and ensuring diseases are prevented from spreading from one individual or community to another) , Ethics and Integrity (how a medical professional should handle a patient, his/her relationship with the patient, what should be done or not regarding different situations which are considered ethical according to the medical profession), communication skills( skills in relating to one another through various means which is essential in doctor-patient communication and between other health professionals), behavioural science ( study human behavior and personalities for making proper diagnosis), Research Methods (important in research in the medical field in case of a finding or if one wants to conduct a research, the order and procedures to be followed and how it should be done), Computer skills (application software like Microsoft word, to boost skills on typing, printing which are essentials in making medical reports), Biostatistics (concerned with collecting, analyzing, organizing, of bio datas which is important for collecting medical records and drawing logical conclusions from them) , Mathematics( arithmetic analysis of medical records and information) & Entrepreneurship ( to look at various business opportunities associated in the medical field) .

I am the one on the left

I passed all of them in the first term and have now moved onto the next class and semester despite the numbers and hard work needed. Most of these courses have been fundamental to the start of the career, interacting with friends and people from various cultures, languages and backgrounds from within and from other countries since it’s an international school made it even more interesting because I got to learn a lot and shared with them both inside and outside class.

The second semester comprises of eight course units which are physiology, Human anatomy, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Immunology, Nursing skills, nutritional Health and environmental health from the course outline which I’m to learn this semester and would need sponsoring for and probably for another seven semesters(3 and half years) to the finish of the course.

http://shs.kiu.ac.ug/

Due to my good performance in my A levels (the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE)), I was given a 40% partial scholarship towards the fees, reducing them to about £300 per semester, with two semesters in each year.  My living costs are £60/term for accommodation and a further similar amount for food.  I was able to raise enough for my accommodation and food last semester and hope to be able to do the same this year.  However, I urgently need 1.4m UGX (approx £300) for my fees this term, if I am going to be able to continue.  For next year I am going to be planting a substantial amount of sim sim to raise more money for Year 2 and onwards.

 

If you feel you can help me with any money towards the £300, then that would be really appreciated.  Contact Ben on socentafrica@gmail.com for information of how to get the money to me. Thank you for reading this far!

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TRIP TO ENTEBBE ZOO WILD LIFE CONSERVATION

My name is rubangakene innocent i am C4s group member 2017 this is my blogs about entebbe zoo wild life conservation.                                                                                                    it was a nice trip i made,i enjoy it ,we also swim at the lake Victoria                                             the Entebbe zoo  were opened in 1952 by the colonial government in Uganda near lake Victoria,it was started as the center for receiving animals with wound,injury,orphan,sick,casualties etc.                                                                                                then  in may 1994 the Entebbe zoo was change to Uganda wildlife education center.{UWEC}it was founded by trust foundation.for the primary studies purposes.from there i saw many animals me actually i was not expected that i will saw them such as lion,elephant,cheetah,leopard,ostrich,crested crane,impala,hyena,rhino,buffaloes,zebra,giraffe etc

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MY BLOG ABOUT KATENDE HARAMBE

My name is Rubangakene Innocent,I am fourteen years old,i am C4s members.One day we C4s group member,visit a certain place called Katende Harambe.This place mainly they do farming and also people learn about farming from there.

When we go there i learn may thing about farming such as type of garden,type of system of keeping animal,keeping fish,growing crops,and also how to use cows dung to  make bio gas.The type of garden include sacks garden,this one they uses sacks [opiro] by putting soil in the sack.veranda garden in this they uses veranda by putting soil into the veranda.Tyre garden in this  one they uses Tyre to plant crops by putting soil into the Tyre.

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TRIP TO ENTEBBE

Hi, i am AKERA INNOCENT from the butterfly project. I joined the butterfly project this year 2017 and am very happy to be here as their member with my mates from different places.

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Akera Innocent 

.On the 13th of October,we as the cohort 4 had a trip to Entebbe airport as well as the zoo and we came to know that Entebbe airport was started in 1947 which we never knew before until we were taken by the organisation i have mentioned above. It was very interesting because we never knew that we will go there as to why that we are from the northern part of Uganda and we don’t know about any project called the Butterfly project.We thanked them very much because they are equal in picking their members randomly not only from one part of Uganda.From the village i never knew that i will go to the biggest airport of Uganda because i am from a very far remote village in Agago district near Pader called Pakor Dungu. After that we went to Entebbe national zoo which i didn’t expect to go too,

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Behind us was the giraffes (c4’s 2017 )

From there, it was written that it was opened in 1952.In 1960’s, it changed its role to traditional zoo. Entebbe means in local Luganda language as ‘seat’.And it was probably named that because it was a place where the Buganda chief sat to adjudicate legal cases.We saw lots of animals and before we entered into to the zoo, there was a notice saying: ‘ANIMALS HAVE FEELINGS TOO’.When you tease, harass,touch ,disturb ,shout or throw stones at them, they get angry and hurt just as you would.So we were advised that we should not do those things so that we would have nice trip in the zoo.we did as said by the supervisor not to do anything on them.We as the butterfly members we learnt that animals are friendly to human beings because they don’t harm when you do not disturb them.It was very educative to us as students because we came to know many animals and birds with their latin names (scientific names) e.g African rock python and the latin name is python sebae  and many others like crested cranes,Monkeys under sub topic called animals in the surroundings

which are taught in Biology. So they should also send as many children as possible to the zoo because of its interesting and educative not only for us the c4’s to get that knowledge but also other young generations from various places they will choose.And to all those who read my blog , take also your children to the zoo so they can also get the knowledge about the animals we live with in our environment and to relax themselves as well because it will keep the child’s mind also away from some problems they run through in their life as children.I will be grateful if you do what we did.

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The water there is having acid which prevents baboons fro getting away from the forest.

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A crested crane in the fence

THANKS FOR READING ME.

 

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My mate standing near the monkey

Our trip to Katwe

It was the most favourite journey for me and the most exciting place for me ever tovisit, CHESS CLUB CENTRE.The place is located in Katwe, in central Kampala.The club was started by Robert Katende in 2003. It is well known by people because the girl named Phiona Mutesi, Queen of Katwe  did this up to 4th level

In a hurry we started we started to prepare our board games for the journey we load our stuff in a taxi and set off with Ben Parkinson and Alex Obeki.  On the way I saw craft pieces like wooden pots.  We rode up to the way that branch to the chess club centre

When we arrived they warmly  welcome us in a room on the wall there was a photo of all the champions, some of whom I could remember from the film. After sitting for a while they got organised and come to teach us  the chess lessons when they were prepared they teach us,and we enjoyed the lesson

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It was our turn to teach them our board games when we had lunch we teach them board games like Pit, Conquest, Narnia etc.   I was supposed to teach Conquest since no one knows how to play that game very well among the C.4 members except for me.

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It looks like Chess, but it is in fact Conquest. I am on the right

 

After we were done we had a short speech with them they held a short prayer and they told to come next time when Phiona came from UK, after we all get on to get the taxi.

My Blog about the Gamechangers Holiday in Koro

I am the second one from the left – this was our Art Arena game

My name is Francis Ogen.  I am 12  and this is my blog about our holiday in Koro. We reached in Koro at around 5:15pm and that was on Tuesday 29th August.  Our generator did not arrive on Tuesday, so that evening we had no light, as we could not find paraffin for the lamps.

On Wednesday we started doing our activities that take us up to Koro  and they started with board games, followed by active games after then followed by Art Arena which me , Rubangakene and Akera we are handling .That day they did not do drama on Wednesday evening, as we watched Jungle book.  I enjoyed doing the activities with the kids that day.  We also did sports at the end of the day, like volleyball and football, which was fun.

On Thursday  after taking our breakfast we started doing the activities and that was around 9:00am. After starting with active games and followed with board games and then art. That day our parents came to visit us and then they left at around 3:30pm.  I was happy to seemy father again, as we had been in Kampala since February.  After then drama was the last activity to be done on Thursday and that Thursday evening we watched Transformers, the Movie.

On Friday we took our breakfast and after taking we started doing activities at around 9:00am in the morning.  The first activities to be done were board games and those stopped at around 10:00am after active games followed. They stopped at around 12:00am then art arena followed and it started at around 2:00 pm then stopped at around 3:00pm after drama was the last activities to be done on Friday. On Friday evening we watched City of Embers.  The weather gradually worsened during the week and the area for games became muddy, yet this did affect our enjoyment.

On Saturday we took our breakfast and start doing activities 9:00am morning the first activity to be done was board games and it stopped at around 11:00am and then followed by active games it stopped at around 12:00am after drama followed then it stopped at around 2:00am Art Arena was the last activity to be done during evening we watched Narnia.  We also had special food in the evening – burgers and fried bread and the food generally all week was nice.

On Sunday we take our break at around 9:00am and then we start our journey back home

That mark at the end of my blog.

Game Changers Uganda 2017

l am Kenneth OGamechangersUganda2chola ,age 16 and am a member of Butterfly Project as Cohort 3. We have traveled to Koro recently to carry out a number of activities namely; active games, Board game , Art Arena and Board game Drama mainly carried out by the C4. But the  main issue that took me there was mainly to form Board-game clubs which is Koro Board game club and Gulu Board game Club which we had tough the children most of the Board game we had  with us .

My main aim was to teach the children most of the Board games which we managed to do so and the children will  play and teach other new recruits who have joined during our absence, l formed the clubs with a round 22 members from the Koro Board game Club and 4 from the Gulu board game club which l grouped they according to their location where they stay whereby the children from Koro  and the near by villages  were members of Koro Board game club and those who lived far  away from Koro towards Gulu town were members of Gulu Board game Club.

During my stay there l was working with a team of C4 to teach most of the Board games to the children which made my work easy during the four days up there in Gulu, l had made the membership cards which is to go to each individual in the group l formed up there in the Koro center and gave out their membership cards on the second last day of the activities, the membership cards  was to show that they have learned a number of Board games and willing to play and teach others .

The Koro Board game club is the active group with many members and they will meet every saturday at the Koro Center and am looking forward to find a place of meeting of the Gulu Board game club which means it’s not active at the moment but they are free to come to Koro Center and team up as a team and play Board game on weekends.

In each club  l have selected group leaders  who will  assist me run the clubs during my absence that they will pick out the Board games  them are going to play or teach others .We have left most our Board game in Koro which l hope they will play them during Saturday’s at the Koro Center and there were activities that took place as l have mentioned earlier.

By   Kenneth Ochola