IHEYO participates in CRY's youth camp in Uganda, 2005
IHEYO board member Asaba Lawrence attended the regional youth camp organised by Conflict resolution by the youth (CRY). This regional camp was held in Katakwi district, Usuk village, North-Eastern Uganda, East Africa. This is one of the areas that has been disastrously affected by the 19-year-old insurgency in Northern Uganda.
The camp, run between 18-25 September 2005 and attracted participants from Uganda and Kenya The main theme of the camp was “Youth as a resource“. Experiences were shared and this tradition of sharing is also part of the forth coming similar camps in Rwanda and Kenya.
The several issues discussed and shared during the workshops included: the appreciation of the youth as a resource, youth and leadership, self-esteem, sharing of experiences about peace-work and conflict management. The youth also explored the understanding of Human rights from the youth’s perspective, integrating gender into peace building and non-violence activities. Plenary sessions approached the concept of formation of a work plan in relation to the achievements from the 2004 peace camp held in Kumi district where IHEYO participated in and donated a cell phone line.
One of the main events were the cerebrations of the UN day for peace on the 21 of September. We also had a peace football match between the camp participants and the local people of Soroti, which ended up into a draw. Community help initiatives were carried out and we visited the internally displaced people’s camps (IDPC’s) where our presence had a positive remarkable impact. IHEYO donated internet airtime to the administration board of CRY of 6 hours per week for three months as a way of opening communication doors and the world of IT.
It would be an omission if I failed to thank all participants, staff, volunteers and support personnel in this project from CRY. The likes of Joseph, Keith, Carol, Ronald, Marion, Grace…whose technical support creates the core function of the youth in this region.
written by Mr. Asaba Lawrence Abwooli
Board member of IHEYO and chairman African Working group