The facilitators included Geofrey Nsubuga and Vendula Brtnikova (both from SOMERO Uganda), Emuli Simon Peter (Bible Society of Uganda), Juliet Hamale (Extended Family Support Organization), Mrs and Mr. Ssuubi and Rose Kadhuba (all from WOH). The participants were teenagers who comprised students and pupils (under Wells of Hope sponsorship) from secondary schools and the Academy respectively.
The Participants were very active for example, during the Alcohol and Drug Abuse session (which was facilitated by Geofrey and Vendula), one of them depicted that alcohol slows down the brain hence affecting body responses and one is likely to behave recklessly.
The Participants were involved in group work to discuss the lessons learnt and how they will help them deal with discrimination subjected to them as children of prisoners. Some of the lessons included; having values that are positive, appreciating that they are unique and special and engaging in early sexual relationships has dire consequences. The information given did boost their confidence, widen the knowledge gap and put them in a better position to make decisions hence being able to deal with social stigma.
Ms. Juliet introduced her session’s objective as “identifying what it takes to achieve our goals and dreams.” She encouraged the participants to have goals and dreams in their lives and how to pull through their goals and dreams.
A Voluntary and Counseling Training (VCT) was also conducted by qualified personnel: the Participants were able to test for the HIV virus and know their results.This was then proceeded with career guidance by Mr. Ssuubi: he addressed the participants on accepting that the choices they make have consequences and they shape their lives. He advised them to make wise choices that are a result of self knowledge and understanding based on the goals and values one set for their life.
The Guests donated scholastic materials to the Children at the Academy: these consisted of exercise books, pens, pencils, to mention, but a few.
In Conclusion, the Camp was successful and we glorify God who enables us.