Neema Iyer on Why We Need To Interest Ourselves More in Research

“There are times I wake up feeling so demotivated to go to work again. On such days, I feel worn out and I think about going back to employment where I didn’t have to worry about a number of things…” confesses Neema halfway into our conversation before she pauses to sip on her drink. By now, we have disorganised the table from what the waitress … Continue reading Neema Iyer on Why We Need To Interest Ourselves More in Research

Crystal Newman on The Need To Tell More of Our Stories

“The success of the journey depends on the load you carry home,” says an old African adage. This is simply because for every journey that starts has to stop somewhere. For Crystal, her journey on radio had to come to an end 18 years later. Little did she know that, with her, she had carried a great load. The load was one of hunger and … Continue reading Crystal Newman on The Need To Tell More of Our Stories

Donnas Ojok on Rise Up Hub, A Refuge For Refugees

Every story begins somewhere. So does RISE UP HUB a story of renewed hope in the lives of refugees living in Kampala, Uganda. Donnas Ojok was tired of repeating himself every time he attended some of the high level consultation meetings on, among other items on the agenda, the issue of refugees. Often, the conversation came up and a lot of time was lost on … Continue reading Donnas Ojok on Rise Up Hub, A Refuge For Refugees

Maria Birungi Kakinda, Honing a Writing Career

There is a story that every writer tells. It is one which only comes out after much pushing. It is often told last in a soft tone without revealing a lot of details. To some who have writing buddies that is the only place where these stories are shared. For others like Maria Kakinda, the story stays with you. You scroll through the phone as … Continue reading Maria Birungi Kakinda, Honing a Writing Career

Benjamin Rukwengye on building Boundless Minds

There are so many reasons why people lose sleep at night. For Benjamin Rukwengye, the state of education in the country and the results it produces consume a number of hours of his night.  “What were you doing at 19?” Benjamin asks me as we sit down for a conversation on Boundless Minds, a social enterprise he founded three years ago. You know you have … Continue reading Benjamin Rukwengye on building Boundless Minds

25 Years of Watoto Children’s Choir

Not even the early evening downpour would dampen the mood of the event. Many people turned up to celebrate the 25 years of Watoto Children’s Choir at Watoto Downtown. A journey that started in 1994 was now a silver jubilee long. If there is a thing as living hope, then it is the story of the Watoto Children’s Choir. The idea of the choir came … Continue reading 25 Years of Watoto Children’s Choir

But, for the sake of staying in school, KISOBOKA!

* This story begins in the middle* *** At that time the team had succeeded in convincing three schools to come on board, two in Lwengo district and one in Lyantonde district. In each school they introduced the YOUNG SAVERS CLUB for the children in school and the SCHOOL COMMUNITY BANK for the parents. “As Kisoboka, our biggest interest has always been a mind shift … Continue reading But, for the sake of staying in school, KISOBOKA!

On Retirement, Livingstone Mukasa shares

Growing up in the slums of Katwe, Livingstone Mukasa promised himself to live a different life from that of his father. His father came from Masaka to Kampala to make ends meet. He settled in Katwe only to be joined by his son Livingstone who was joining secondary school in 1992 at St Joseph’s Nsambya. As a teenager in a slum environment, Livingstone promised himself … Continue reading On Retirement, Livingstone Mukasa shares