Facilitation Practice

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Posted April 18, 2016 from Uganda
Training these women was an overwhelming experience


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The goal of this training was to introduce these women to World pulse and also train them on using digital empowerment tools as a platform for them to share their stories.

Original Agenda

Introductions, Training Agenda and objectives 35 mins

World Pulse Objectives 40 mins

Share our stories 30 mins

Break 20 Mins

Continuation of Stories 30 mins

Identify an issue, Commit to

one step towards solution 50 Mins

Understanding digital Safety 55 Mins

Closing 10 MIns


I introduced myself to this group of participants and told them I had brought them good news and was excited to tell them all about it. I also took them through the training agenda. Each participant introduced themselves and we were able to start the training.

World Pulse Objectives

The facilitation practice was very exciting for me because I was eager to train these women on digital empowerment tools. I managed to meet with 32 women in my community and it was very fruitful. I introduced them to world pulse and encouraged them to tell their stories because without their voices there will not be effective change in their community. I also informed them that the action starts with them and not anyone else.

I also informed them that World pulse is an online global community that connects women worldwide to bring one global voice and so their individual voices are important for a global chain reaction to take place. I also informed them that once their stories have been recorded they will be uploaded on to the internet and shared on different platforms using twitter, face book, linkedin and many other social media tools. This will be to ensure we get a wide coverage for our stories

Share our Stories

I Started off this session by telling the participants that I was a human rights activist who believes in Social justice and economic empowerment and I wanted to reach out to women and encourage them to speak about the social injustices in their communities so that we can find a common working solution.

During the training we had one male participant who acted as my interpreter and also contributed to the discussions. He informed us that the biggest challenge of this community is that the men are fishermen and so they travel for days and many of them come back with new wives and children and so this brings conflict with the first family. In addition the men are drunkards and don’t believe in education of their children since many didn’t go to school. So the burden of the family is left with the women.

He further explained that since this community is a very remote area there are no job opportunities and so these women have no source of income. So many times their children are being chased out of school.

15 of the women told their stories and the common issues were lack of school fee, many of them were victims of gender based violence about 3 were widowed and left with children and grand children. Listening to these stories was so heartbreaking many of the women spoke with tears in their eyes.

After this session many of the women had to go and bury one of the people on the village who had passed away the night before. So we postponed to the next day.

Continuation of the Stories

We started off this session with a group poem and we later did the same poem in plural. This was a very interesting activity because many of us learnt the different Luganda words as well as sentence construction. I was so proud of my participants because they are very poetic. I started off by sharing my poems with them. I read them out loud in English and the only gentleman interpreted it in luganda.

Where I am from

I am from a cup of milk, from a bunch of matooke and yams

I am from the place of the seven hills

I am from the rose, the thorn that pricks

I am from dancing and feasting, from Gerald and Martha

From always respect and love others,

I am from Mpala, Ssese island and matooke with luwombo

From protecting one another and sharing the little we have

From illiteracy and teaching on another

I am from lukonda, from people trying to survive, from acceptance, love and togetherness.

I am a rain drop

I am a rain drop

I wonder why there is sadness

I hear cries everywhere

I see tears on their faces

I want to wipe their eyes

I am a breath of fresh air

I need to spread love and hope

I worry that I will be rejected

I cy because they don’t understand

I am a piece of love

I understand that we are different

I say we are one

I hope that they receive the love

I am a rain drop

After reading to them my poems they were excited to start working on their.

Below are their poems in Luganda

Nze Kidiba

Nze newunya lwaki abantu bankimako amaazi

Nze mpulira bubi

Nze ndaba obujja mubantu

Nze njagala amanyi

Nze kidiba

Nze netaga obuvumu

Nze neralikiridde nyinza okukalira

Nze nkaba nnyo

Nze Kidiba

Nze ntegera nti abantu banjagala

Nze ngamba balekerawo

Nze nsubira basobola

Nze Kidiba

Translation of the above poem

I am a Pond

I worry why people fetch water from me

I don’t hear well

I see hatred in people

I want power

I am a pond

I need strength

I worry I might dry up

I cry out Loud

I am a pond

I understand they need me

I say they should stop

I hope they can

I am a pond

They went ahead and did the same poem to represent the entire community and it was as follows

Ffe tuli budiba

Ffe twewunya laki abantu batukimako amaazi

Ffe tuwulira bubi

Ffe tulaba obuja mubantu

Ffe twagala amanyi

Ffe tuli bidiba

Ffe twetaga obuvumu

Ffe twelarikiridde tuyinza okukalira

Ffe tukaba nnyo

Ffe tuli bidiba

Ffe tutegeranti abantu batwagala

Ffe tugamba nti balekereawo

Ffe tusubira basobola

Ffe tuli budiba

Translation of the above poem

We are Ponds

We worry why people fetch water from us

We don’t hear well

We see hatred in people

We want power

We are ponds

We need strength

We worry we might dry up

We cry out Loud

We are ponds

We understand they need us

We say they should stop

We hope they can

We are ponds

Identify an issue, Commit to one step towards solution

After the session of the poems we were able to identify the following issues affecting them

  • Educating children
  • Gender based Violence
  • Adult Literacy
  • Lack of basic Essentials
  • No houses

The Local Councilor 3 who has just been elected in to office informed the participants that they need to come together as a group and do a project that can bring them income so that they are to cater for the issues affecting them. She then asked me if I could help fundraise for them so that they can start a piggery project. She further explained that pigs don’t need a lot of work. The gentleman also suggested that it would be wise to have training on pig rearing because many of the women started with one pig and it either died or was stolen. So if they understand how to run the piggery project as a profitable business.

Hearing these solutions made my heart do somersaults because I realized that this was a community that was willing to work together and that all they lacked was capital and the knowledge.

Digital Safety

With the issue of digital safety I informed them that once we have set up the website we shall sign agreements and they will be able to access the internet so that they can verify their stories. We managed to end the training at 4pm so that many of them could walk back home before it got dark.

Tell us about one thing you learned about teaching from this experience. How was it to share this activity with other women.

This was a very humbling feeling being able to share knowledge and the reactions I got from these women was so exciting. I was so over joyed when after the training two elderly women came to me and told me that they now have hope for the future and the future of their grandchildren. One is 78 and another 75. They are both widowed and lost their children to HIV and AIDS. So they were struggling to look after the children as the father of these children had abandoned them.

I also learnt that once people are given an opportunity to speak, they will speak. Once you give them the confidence that their voice is important they will contribute with one heart.

What worked well

The sharing of the stories worked well and worked even better was the writing of the poems. Many of us learnt so much about the luganda cultures and I was so glad that they embraced this activity with so much energy and excitement and they participated with one heart. The fact that they were able to identify the issues affecting them and also suggest solutions was amazing.

What was more difficult. How could the difficulties be addressed the next time you train others

The most difficult part was the fact that this place has no power and the solar failed to charge my phone and camera so I had to send these items to the next town and by the time I got them back some of the women had left. Next time I will make sure I have more than one battery so that I can work smoothly.

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Raquel Daniel
Apr 18, 2016
Apr 18, 2016

Hi Anita,

This is AMAZING!... It is a great thing you did to train local women on using digital empowerment tools as a platform to share their stories. I believe strongly that they have learned a lot and will begin to utilize.


Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Apr 18, 2016
Apr 18, 2016

Thanks Raquel Jacobs. It was an amazing experience.

Apr 19, 2016
Apr 19, 2016

Great, Anita!

Your narration is both a learning opp and a reminder for me.

I have seen the need to rearrange some sections in my own report.

I like the way you go into full details; it is very informative and helps to follow the event step by step. I can imagine the time and energy put in assembling that amount of information.

Thanks indeed!

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Apr 19, 2016
Apr 19, 2016

Hi Elvire Thanks for the encouraging words and support. We are all learning from each otjer and am sure yours is great as well. Stay blessed my dear sister

Marie-Claire Kuja
Apr 19, 2016
Apr 19, 2016

Hello Ani. Amazing is the word. I liked the concept of using stories to teach during your workshop. I have made that a part and parcel of my workshops as well because participants don't only hear or see you but feel you. Very well done sister. Kuja.