Slum Women Economic Empowerment Program -SWEEP
Location: Kampala, Uganda
|Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation
Single mothers conduct a Community Initiave in Kawempe Division by CEDA Jun 5, 2015 - 1:54 AM EDT
On the 4th day of June 2015 single mothers under the SWEEP (Slum Women Economic Empowerment Program) identified a community problem and were challenged to design and implement interventions to counteract the prevailing problems. The young women mobilized and worked with the local leaders and community members to collectively carry out the initiative successfully. The essence of the initiative was for them to become active stakeholders in finding solutions to the problems in their communities. They cleaned Kifamba Zone, Kimombasa Zone and Nabweru where they cleaned the drainage systems and sensitized members on Proper Sanitation as a key solution to diseases especially among children in the slums. This activity gave the women an opportunity to critically think about their community and their role as individual in making it a better place to live in without complaining about leaders not doing enough. It also gave them the confidence to talk to various stakeholders and actively plan for the community engagement, and gave them the visibility within the communities.