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Peer Educator Profile

 

Our Peer Educators are invaluable to the work Act4Africa does in Uganda. They are supported through regular donations from sponsors in the UK as part of our Grow a Girl programme.  We are extremely grateful to our sponsors for their continued generosity and for the work our Peer Educators do. Below is a selection of their profiles, to help you understand the difference Grow a Girl makes on an individual level.

 

Name: Sharon

Age: 19

Family:  The youngest of six children, Sharon has three brothers and two sisters.

School: I am a medical records student at Africa Ark College of Management Sciences in my first year.

Hobbies/interests: I like my education, playing football, listening to music, singing and dancing, reading books and computer operation.

What difference has being a Peer Educator made to you?

Becoming a peer educator has made me understand that even though I am HIV positive, I am still important to the community. I have also developed in courage to speak about health education with my peers in school and in my community. I enjoy advising my fellow students and friends and have developed a talent of talking to others and being listened to by them in return.

What do you enjoy about being a Peer Educator?

Being a peer educator, I enjoy talking to my fellow friends about abstinence and stigma reduction, and I like being able to counsel others. More so, I feel good when other people ask me questions about HIV/AIDS and when I can correct misinformation. I enjoy teaching others how to use condoms and guiding young mothers to go for HIV testing and antenatal check-ups at the nearest hospital. Being a peer educator has helped me to live an assertive and hopeful life.

What do you want to do when you leave school?

I am so happy and proud to have joined an institution of higher learning where I am pursuing a certificate in medical records. When I leave school, I will work as a medical clerk under records, but I still maintain my vision of becoming a nurse one day.

Message to sponsor:

“Thank you for all the assistance supporting my education and my well-being at school and home… I have hope because I am in school and this has come from you.”

 

Name: Brenda Biira

Age: 19

Family: Brenda has one older sister. She is an orphan living with her grandmother after sadly dealing with the death of both her parents.

School: I am a peer educator in Senior 4 at Sadex secondary school in the Kasese district.

Hobbies/interests: I am interested in my education and like reading science and English books. I also enjoy volleyball, football and singing in church.

What difference has being a Peer Educator made to you?

I have learnt about condoms and how they prevent pregnancy and STIs. Since being a peer educator at my secondary school, the number of early marriages and pregnancies among students has reduced through learning about using condoms and abstaining from sex. I am proud that through being a peer educator, I am now able to communicate to big groups of people and that some of my friend’s behaviours have changed as result of training and advise I have provided to them in group meetings.

What do you enjoy about being a Peer Educator?

As a peer educator I am knowledgeable and am often consulted for advice. I advise my peers to change their bad behaviour to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV. My friends are happy because at school there has been a decrease in early pregnancies, and that’s special to me. I have gained education, knowledge and skills that have enabled me in my daily life, helping me to live a guided life and advise others to do the same.

What do you want to do when you leave school? I would like to continue improving my academic performance, as I want to be a midwife.

Message to sponsors:

“I want to thank you for all the support you extend to me. It has enabled me to keep in school and keep training my fellow peers at school and also in my community during the holidays…it is you our friend who has made life easier.”

 

Name: Bridget

Age: 21

Family: The eldest of seven children, Bridget has two sisters and four brothers.

School: I have completed my certificate in comprehensive nursing at the Hoima School of Nursing and Midwifery. I have now graduated from the Grow A Girl Programme and hope to pursue my career as a nurse.

Hobbies/interests: My hobbies are reading novels, playing netball, singing and dancing. I also enjoy watching football and socialising with my peers and friends.

What difference has being a Peer Educator made to you?

As a peer educator, I have achieved many things, like teaching my fellow students to have respect for elders, tutors and other people above them. I have trained a group at our school about behaving compassionately towards people who are living with HIV/AIDS, and the importance of counselling, befriending and socialising with them rather than stigmatising them. I have trained my friends about staying in school and I encourage gender equality amongst boys and girls. I have also recently managed to form a youth group whom I meet with during holidays to discuss health education matters. Being a peer educator, my behaviours have greatly changed which has contributed to my academic excellence. It has helped me to make positive decisions in my life.

What do you enjoy about being a Peer Educator?

I have learnt to live an exemplary life and enjoy advising my fellow students, especially girls, that they should stay and finish school. At school the behaviour of the students has changed, and they no longer fight with teachers. The knowledge and skills I received through training has been highly applicable to my course as a health worker and being a peer educator has kept me hopeful for a bright future.

What do you want to do when you leave school?

I want to be a nurse because I am good at sciences and mathematics, and have now completed my certificate in comprehensive nursing. I want to save people’s lives through counselling and treating them, especially people living with HIV/AIDS. I would be grateful for example to work with Act4Africa in its health department of HCT now I have completed my certificate.

Message to sponsors:

“I am so grateful to have finished my course early this year…all this has been possible because of support from you our friends through Act4Africa Uganda. I want to thank you for all the education support, thank you and god bless you.”

                                                                    

Name: Phionah Kasande

Age: 19

Family:  Phionah and her six brothers are orphans and live with their Aunt who works in the salt mine.

School: I am now in senior three at Lake Katwe secondary school in Katwe, Kasese.

Hobbies/interests: My hobbies are playing netball, listening to gospel music, reading story books, watching films and swimming. I also enjoy listening to the news on the radio.

What difference has being a Peer Educator made to you?

Before being a peer educator I used to dodge classes as I felt like they could bore me, but today I attend them all. I now behave differently by staying at school until the end of the day, unlike in the past where I used to escape from school to play games instead. I have learnt to respect my fellow schoolmates as well as teenagers in my village and enjoy teaching them about HIV/AIDS, stigma reduction, positive behaviour change and life skills.

What do you enjoy about being a Peer Educator?

As a peer educator, I enjoy socialising with others and teaching them about preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS, and also advising my friends to go for HIV tests to find out their status. I enjoy encouraging girls to stay in school and to abstain from sex until marriage, as I have opted to do. I like being a peer educator because I now have better levels of HIV knowledge, which has corrected misinformation that I had before because of a lack of understanding. I enjoy being listened to by my community on matters of HIV, especially by the elders. My friends and I have joined the anti-AIDS club, which has helped us a lot with socialising, gaining knowledge of safe behaviour and facing challenges in life. I am proud to always share the knowledge I acquired from A4A trainings about HIV/AIDS with my other members, which I believe is helping them to live a better life. Recently I pushed for a debating motion about HIV which my school honoured which was so special and a privilege for me as a peer educator in the school.

What do you want to do when you leave school?

My interest is to finish my studies and become a teacher.

Message to sponsors:

“Thank you to our sponsors and Act4Africa for this opportunity and for giving me hope as an orphan to be able to remain in school. Thank you and may God bless you.”

 

Name: Prossy

Age: 19

Family: Orphaned as a consequence of AIDS, Prossy also lost her brother as a result of the disease. Along with her remaining siblings, she lives with her cousins and aunt who is also an AIDS widow living with HIV.

School: I attend Kakira High School in Mayuge and am in senior four.

Hobbies/interests: At school I like physics and playing netball, and at home I help with domestic duties like washing clothes, digging and planting maize and beans. I also enjoy music and dancing.

What difference has being a Peer Educator made to you?

I had to drop out of school because of school fees, but then I got sponsorship from Act4Africa. Now I’m at a better school and I work hard in class, despite having to walk far each day. I serve as an example to others in my school and community by educating them on avoidance of risky behaviours, which is helping me grow into an independent girl.

What do you enjoy about being a Peer Educator?

I have learnt that I don’t need to be shy, and I’m building up my self-esteem.  I am happy to act as a role model to my friends by abstaining from sex and due to my increased confidence I am comfortable talking to the girls in my school about the importance of this to their health and future. I am proud to have had the knowledge and ability to have recently visited a friend who had dropped out of school due to early pregnancy and to have advised and encouraged her to not give up on her own life and dreams.

What do you want to do when you leave school?

After school I want to be a doctor or a nurse. I want to earn enough money to build a house for my family in Jinja because it offers better education for my siblings than our local school.

Message to sponsors:

“I will study very hard to achieve my dream of becoming a nurse and I know that will make you proud. I will forever be grateful to you and the support you have given me.”

 

Name: Talent Kobugabe          

Age: 17

Family: Talent is the middle child of seven, with three sisters and three brothers.

School: My school is Mount Rwenzori Girls Secondary School in the Kasese district and I am in form 4.

Hobbies/interests: I like debating, reading novels, singing Christian music and playing netball and cricket.

 What difference has being a Peer Educator made to you?

Being a peer educator has empowered me to acquire assertiveness, good communication skills and to stand amidst people and talk. I have changed my behaviour because as a peer educator, I need to be a role model. Act4Africa has trained me to be bold and teach about HIV without fear of my fellow peers. It has taken away my nervousness and fear of talking in public and helped me to be a well-disciplined girl. I am now privileged to be head prefect of my school, allowing me even more opportunities to interact with my other students and advise them. As a peer educator, I have learnt to be helpful to my parents, and now after school I help out with domestic work.

What do you enjoy about being a Peer Educator? I enjoy educating my fellow girls on the benefits of abstinence from early sex and early marriage, and enjoy teaching community members about the dangers of HIV/AIDS. I enjoy being able to empower my peers I talk with and creating a lot of awareness of HIV/AIDS in my school. I have been able to begin a club in my school and we have visited two primary schools to teach them about the problems of early pregnancy and dropping out of school, as well as how to change behaviour to prevent the spread of HIV.

What do you want to do when you leave school?

By the end of the year I want to have trained all my peers. In the future, I want to be a doctor and to help other people as I have been helped, especially mothers who might die while giving birth.

Message to sponsors:

“I want to appreciate the friends from the UK who support our education as A4A peer educators under the Grow A Girl scheme.”

 

Name: Daphine Kabugho

Age: 16

Family: Daphine is the fourth born in a family of six children. She grew up as an orphan with her grandmother and now currently lives with her uncle.

School: I am in form 2 at Kilembe Secondary school in the Kasese district.

Hobbies/Interests I enjoy singing, reading books, playing netball, socialising and making new friends.

What difference has being a Peer Educator made to you?

It has been a very special thing to me and my family to join secondary school education. Being a peer educator has empowered me as a girl to be focused and always excel in my studies. I have developed confidence and self-esteem skills, which have helped me to change my behaviours, to make more positive decisions and to educate my fellow friends and peers on HIV/AIDS. I have recently been chosen by the school to present a poem by the interact club which has earned me a lot of respect from my fellows and other participating schools. It has helped me to be bold and know I can talk to large groups of people about key problems to have an influence on their behaviours.

What do you enjoy about being a Peer Educator?

I enjoy being able to create awareness about HIV/AIDS and dangers of teenage pregnancies to my fellow peers in school. The students I have shared my health education knowledge with, especially about HIV/AIDS and behaviour change, have felt it has created a big change in their lives mostly at school, which I am proud to have been a part of.

What do you want to do when you leave school?

I want to work hard to be promoted to Senior 3 and excel in my studies, helping me to become a doctor when I leave school and practice medicine to help others.

Message to sponsors:

“I want to thank you for the support I receive towards my education…I request that this support continues after I finish my studies such that other vulnerable girls like me can benefit and be empowered to change their communities.”

 

Name: Fedelis Akoth

Age:16

Family: Fedelis is the second born amongst a family of seven. She has 4 brothers and 2 sisters and lives with her mother and father.

School: I attend Kakira High School in the Mayuge district and am in Senior 2.

Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy participating in many sports including netball and football.

What difference has being a Peer Educator made to you?

I had to drop out of school due to a lack of school fees and now again have access to education from my Act4Africa sponsorship. Now I am in a better school and am working hard to excel in my studies. I have developed in my knowledge, skills and confidence to be able to hold one-to-one sessions with my peers and am working with my school’s health team to promote safer sex practices amongst the youth of my school and my community.

What do you enjoy about being a Peer Educator?

I have enjoyed having opportunity to share my opinions and knowledge gained from A4A training about issues including health education during debates taking part in my school. I hope to help youths in my school and my village to form peer groups to discuss health education topics including HIV/AIDS, use of condoms and safe sex practices and behavioural change as a peer educator.

What do you want to do when you leave school?

I want to work hard so that I may complete my studies with ‘flying colours’, helping me achieve my dream of becoming a nurse.

Message to sponsors:

“I had dropped out of school at an early age but due to your support I have been able to access a quality education. As a family, we have all benefitted from this sponsorship and I assure you we will never forget your generosity.”

 


Name: Roseline Katusime

Age: 16

Family: Roseline is the fifth born amongst a family of 8. She lives in Kinyamaseke with her mother.

School: My school is Cardinal Nsubuga Memorial Secondary School where I am a peer educator in Senior 2.

Hobbies/Interests: I like reading novels, playing netball, singing and am also interested in reading my books and my education.

What difference has being a Peer Educator made to you?

I am now able to have access to a quality education and the  training provided to me from my sponsorship with A4A has allowed me to develop in confidence, to be able to talk with my fellow students. I have been allowed to teach even those who are older than me at school and in my community at home. The knowledge and skills I am now able to share with my fellow peers have made them treat me differently despite me being younger in age. I have recently joined a group called Universal Chanced Education which allows me to train my fellow peers about HIV/AIDS, and to stay safe through abstinence and keeping in school. In my club I am advising but also learning from others which is something I am proud to be participating in as a peer educator.

What do you enjoy about being a peer educator?

I am enjoying continuing my work as peer educator and teaching my peers and friends on the dangers of HIV/AIDS because I can see it is impacting the lives of my friends positively. I am able to be a change-maker in my school as well as my community.

What do you want to do when you leave school?

I want to become a lawyer and fight for the rights of women and girls. I hope to see a community free from domestic violence and where men and women live equally through my work as a lawyer.

Message to sponsors:

“I want to thank you for the support that you extend to us as peer educators…I am able to keep in school and do my work as a peer educator because of your support.”

 

Name: Scovia Muhindo

Age: 16

Family: Scovia is the fourth born of a family of 10 children living in the Kirembe village. She has 8 brothers and 1 sister.

School: I am at the rural Muhokya Secondary School in Senior 3.

Hobbies/Interests: : I enjoy reading books, singing and going to church.

What difference has being a Peer Educator made to you?

With even the little training I have had thus far, it has empowered me in knowledge relating to sexual reproductive health and has helped me to change my behaviours in daily life. Being a peer educator will give me an opportunity to acquire even more knowledge regarding sexual reproductive health to advise my fellows as well as allowing me to keep in school, focusing and excelling in my studies. I will be able to inform my school mates and my friends at home about the knowledge I am gaining relating to HIV/AIDS and helping to remove the stigma surrounding this issue, the dangers of teenage pregnancies and positive behaviour change.

What do you enjoy about being a Peer Educator?

I am so excited to have been chosen as a peer educator of A4A. It is a very special thing for me to be receiving training and having been given the assurance that I can continue with my studies and have the opportunity to become a role model to my fellows. I have learnt to respect not only my peers but also my family and parents and hope to keep helping them as much as I can at home in the garden and doing other domestic work.

What do you want to do when you leave school?

I am concentrating on my education to become a teacher or a doctor.

Message to sponsors:

“I thank A4A for the grow a girl program for peer educators and all other programs in the community like young mothers trainings, I also thank A4A for having seen potential in me and chose me as a peer educator”

 

Name: Provia Asiimwe

Age: 20

Family: Provia is the youngest in a family of 10 children. She has 7 sisters and 2 brothers. She has been brought up by her mother following the death of her father at a young age.

School: I recently finished my studies in Senior 4 at Kuruhe High School in the Kasese district. I am now completing a vocational certificate in Tailoring and Design at a higher learning institution.

Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy playing football and netball, and I like singing in my church.

What difference has being a Peer Educator made to you?

The training I have received from my A4A sponsorship have allowed me to have a strong respect for myself and my body. I am happy to act as a role model to my friends by abstaining from sexual relationships and focusing on my education at all times. I can discuss health education with my fellow peers and educate them on correct information regarding HIV/AIDS and safer sexual practices. Being a peer educator has empowered me as a girl and has enlightened my understanding of social life in relation to sexual reproductive health. It has also encouraged me to work harder in school, allowing me to progress and excel in my studies to now be joining a higher institution of learning to gain a good job and assist my family and community.

What do you enjoy about being a Peer Educator?

I enjoy the work I do as peer educator and that my sponsorship has helped to improve my behaviour in school and my performance in my final term exams. I have enjoyed the knowledge and skills I have acquired as a peer educator and being involved in a group in school, training my fellow members about of the dangers of HIV/AIDS and early marriage. I have created awareness of behavioural change during free times which means no individual in my group has behaved badly towards teachers or the school.

What do you want to do when you leave school?

I want to become a teacher or a nurse.

Message to sponsors:

“Your support has given me hope to keep the commitment high such that I finish my education and become a person of importance in my family and community to add on my achievement of being a peer educator.”