Ms. Desire Lavigne Karakire's testimony, shared on her Facebook wall on 11th July 2020 After my Counsellor Martin Githaiga sexually violated me, physically assaulted me, and intimidated me to not pursue the charges described in the previous parts of my testimony by ransoming my journalistic notes, he was neither fired nor suspended. Between the time … Continue reading Mental Health Rehab from Hell – Part V
Ms. Desire Lavigne Karakire's testimony, shared on her Facebook wall on 11th July 2020 We remained locked up for extended periods against our will, up to five or six months for some patients. If one acted out or became too vocal about their rights and the rights of others, they were threatened with extended stays … Continue reading Mental Health Rehab from Hell – Part IV
Ms. Desire Lavigne Karakire's testimony, shared on her Facebook wall on 11th July 2020 A part-time Psychiatrist visited African Retreat Centre (ARC) once a week on Wednesdays from Butabika Hospital, stayed for two hours from three o'clock to five o'clock, spending only about ten minutes on each patient, leaving many unseen for several weeks. She … Continue reading Mental Health Rehab From Hell – PART III
Ms. Desire Lavigne Karakire's testimony, shared on her Facebook wall on 11th July 2020 I wasn't given medical attention then (while incarcerated at the Africa Retreat Center (ARC), I attempted suicide and swallowed glass), and three weeks later when I began to bleed from the rectum with every bowel movement, I wasn't allowed to see … Continue reading Mental Health Rehab from Hell – Part II
Ms. Desire Lavigne Karakire's testimony, shared on her facebook wall on 11th July 2020 We pulled up into the gate and my sister's kids came running behind the car to meet us. I pushed open the passenger door. The little one jumped into my lap. I held her head into my chest affectionately, unable to … Continue reading Mental Health Rehab from Hell – Part I
"Participation" is one of those concepts that is taken for granted as so obvious and universal for all, but it is not always the case that we all have a universal understanding of it, particularly so in the context of the development arena. It is doubtful, for example, that in practice we accept it as: … Continue reading Meaning of Participation
There was a time when all you needed to succeed in Uganda was the ability to read and write English. English is the official language of Uganda. After that came the era of university degrees. In fact, you had the chances of getting a good job with a good salary. Then came the era of … Continue reading We Are in The Era of Skills
"I have been part of the many people advocating for better sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of teenagers. The issue is deep rooted in our negligence as a country in handling SRHR of teenagers. They get pregnant because the country doesn't allow them to access modern family planning methods even though it is well known that many of them are already sexually active.
There are opportunities that these new cities may create, but at the same time, we have to be alive to the reality that some fraudulent people can manipulate the community for selfish gains. Protect your land. You don't need to sell it in order to get money to buy land and settle elsewhere as some people are doing. You don't need to convert it to another tenure. You can safely own your customary land in a city, because the tenure is recognised under the law. What is only regulated is the land use.
We, at CPAR Uganda, are in awe of Bency's tenacity and are inspired by her. Utilizing donations given to us, we have thus decided to provide a grant to Bency of the minimum capital that she requires to rebuild and re-establish her business. In addition to the small financial grant we are giving to Bency, we will continue to mentor Bency and to provide her with technical knowledge and linkages as articulated in our mentoring programme, the best as we can during these trying times.