Prior to the Live Your Dream Youth Camp for the northern Karamoja region, a team from UYAHF conducted a one-day district stakeholders orientation meeting in Kotido district.

The meeting held on 6th April 2022 was intended to share in detail the Live Your Dream campaign objectives and how they interact with not only Kotido district but Abim and Kabong district respectively as well as briefly speak to UYAHF’s mandate as an organization.

The Kotido district Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Mr. Joseph Lomongin, welcomed the UYAHF team at Kotido District headquarters and noted that Kotido is privileged to be considered for such interventions.

The Live Your Dream campaign which is being implemented in partnership with BRAC Uganda with support from UNFPA aims at raising awareness among adolescent girls and young women on the magnitude of teenage pregnancies, gender equality, restrictive cultural norms and the harmful practices, gender-based violence in Karamoja including how to prevent and manage these challenges.

During the half-day orientation meeting, the district made a brief presentation on their structural setup and how they often engage young people through their youth representative while the UYAHF team led by Christine Osundwa, made a presentation about the Live Your Dream Youth Camp.

Osundwa highlighted that the focus in Kotido will be to execute a Youth camp that will bring together young girls and boys who are both in and out of school, young mothers and fathers, pregnant teenage girls and peer educators to be hosted for a four-day camp at Kotido Secondary School.

“The theme for the camp is: Leaving No Young Person Behind: Positioning Young People in the Fight for Gender Equality, SRHR, Life Skills Enhancement, and Peace Building,” she mentioned.

The presentations were followed by a discussion from both district stakeholders and the UYAHF to have a better understanding of what is expected as well as the roles to be played by different stakeholders during implementation.

Mr. Loto Paul Komol, the LC V Chairperson who chaired the orientation meeting pledged to support the Live Your Dream campaign in Kotido. “As a district, we appreciate the repeated interventions by partners to better the lives of young people,” he said.

By the end of the orientation meeting, Kotido district stakeholders committed to supporting the Live Your Dream campaign and looked forward to more opportunities to work with UYAHF.