Literally, EKA means a home, and we are here to create opportunities for the youthful community in Uganda to live a life of a purpose. EKA looked at reducing imbalances & inequalities in the communities as well as increasing awareness of challenges and resources around them.
We imagined that the better way to start is a home and that by empowering people from where they come from, better communities will be created.
We understand that access to important needs is not obvious to everyone in our community therefore we included a free adult literacy program to facilitate changing of lives from grassroots.
As we get closer to the people, we learn more about their challenges and how interesting it is to work together towards getting solutions.
The most target group here is women aged 15-50 years with the hope that women are better change makers, their role in family strengthening is so tremendous.
Together with Daniel, Julius and Moreen, phrased the challenge into a problem statement. Albeit the problem statement seemed to be complicated, it didn’t threaten them but only challenged them for a solution. They imagined how communities could be better places for the youth as well to live in, Imagined the scenario where a
prison could be renovated or upgraded into a workshop or community social Centre for the youth to learn, acquire and practice hands on skills for development. The concept of EKA was adopted & EKA as applied to various Uganda communities depicts a home/ family and its salient role in upbringing of citizens with livable traits.
Having listened to the call of serving, they decided to pull ropes together so as to empower communities to change lives. The concept entailed sustainable development goals like quality education, gender balance, better nutrition & health among others. ” we considered relevant approaches that could take us to achieve the goal. We developed the concept, tested & evaluated its outcomes. We seek to spread our wings to an extended community. Within five years, we wish to reach out to a 1 million youth. We tailored a CONUSD-strategy that engulfs counseling, Nutrition and health habits then Skill Development so as to make a connection between youth everyday activities to real world possible & desirable. The staffing that includes professional counselors, health workers, social workers and volunteers with a professional is equal to the job”
Empowering communities, changing Lives.
To empower members & the youth with life skills for better standards of living.
To become a leading role model in empowering the youth for development.
EKA leans against a three-dimension(3-D) core strategy; based on Empathy, Knowledgeable, Acceptance (EKA).
We are present to deeply understand our clientele’s experience and effectively communicate.
As we serve, we strongly appreciate that our clientele is well informed. We only empower them to facilitate change their lives.
We believe by accepting communities with their different gaps, we are in a better position to empower them to live better lives.
• To organize and provide career development to the youth in schools,
Universities, and Village levels
• To organize social activities for purposes of building more ties of unity among the youth for purposes of sharing information and skills to enhance their standards of living.
• Provide counseling, guidance, mentorship to youth, pupils, students & parents.
• Organize conferences, talk shows, seminars, workshops, training about health, nutrition case for a good living.
Challenging issues in the community
•Young parents ( early parenting by teen mothers due to sexual abuse)
• Increased orphan ratio (1/4 of learners)
• Increased joblessness.
• HIV/ AIDS spread among the youth still prevails.
Possible outcomes of the program include
- Ability of people to understand themselves and deal with challenging situations in their lives.
- The youth will adopt better nutrition and health habits.
- Hence the youth will be in a better position to manage their own life
- Gender balance among the youth will be enhanced.
What our staff say
Kabonge Daniel, BGC, Dip. Guidance & Counseling & a School counselor specialist for 10 years, suggests that professional school – based counseling is a direct hands on remedy for asocial tendencies in school like sexual harassment, strikes, bullying. drug abuse, among others that are so rampant in school settings and in communities.
A youth who undergoes self-management training through professional counseling sessions hardly complies with life destructing habits. Behavior change is enabled leading to increase of good citizens in the community. He adds that making a decision takes a moment though living a decision takes alifetime…………… one needs to think twice before a choice is made.
Moreen Nakalema, Dip. Theology, BGC, and a youth counseling expert stresses that in a person lives the resources of doing what is right, desirable, valuable but only needs empowerment to identify such resources. She suggests ” a here and now, a there and then” supportive intervention in the lives of the youth. She assigned that role to professional counselors in particular.
As we realized that Few of us can do so little, many of us could do so much, we called upon skillful Volunteers to have their input as well. When she is not in for civil engineering lessons at Kyambogo University, Naluwu Aisha volunteers with us in our project out reaches. She has inspired more girl-child to feel tall towards science courses and challenged them as well to stay in school and live a life with a purpose. Aisha highlights that spending a bit of your time for the good of the majority is a better option. She shifts the interest from a world based on materialism to a humanistic perception. “……. In life, it does not necessarily mean that you will get what you want & desire, that now your life is perfect, she adds, but if you have whatever you need is all what matters for the life to be better”. She strongly feels that no salary can be greater than realizing her dream ” empowering the girl child to change a life through benefits of quality education”.
LUTWAMA Joel, BGC, DES, counseling specialist, highlights on how a prison could be renovated and upgraded into a workshop & a community resource center for the youth.
Only if teachers could teach, doctors could treat, preachers to preach, leaders to lead, fathers & mothers be parents, ceteris Paribas, a prison could be abandoned.
He challenged counselors to be-in counseling.
Are not your charges so expensive?
We do not burden our clientele with charges, but called upon to offer what they can for the sustainability of the program for the benefit of the next generation community as well.
Who funds you,
We are still open to any source so long as it fetches goodwill before our community, its non-political and if rhymes with our aims and objectives.