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L'annonce - 20 ans d'Omoana

Youth living with HIV face various challenges. One of them is to apprehend his/her partners reaction after disclosing his/her HIV status. Youth having been exposed to such situations tell us about their experience through a creative dance.

This video is part of a series adapted from our show Résilience.

Acting, dancing and clip conceptualisation : Mukungu Enock Jonathan ; Mutesi Sharon ; Kasoga Winnifred ; Nabiryo Esther; Hussein Fazil ; Nyanzi Huzairu ; Bazibu Micheal;  Namirimu Teddy

With the support of : Federation Genevoise de Coopération, Ville de Genève, Etat de Genève

Filming-Editing : Reagan Giriwa

Musique : Sauti Sol- Suzanna ; Shakira- Waka Waka soundtrack


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Est-ce que le VIH définira nos vies ? - 20 ans d'Omoana

When HIV first appeared in Uganda, it heralded a disaster beyond measure. A few decades later, young people whose lives have been affected by the virus tell us whether they will let it dictate their lives.

Acting, singing and conceptualisation of the video: Mukungu Enock Jonathan; Mutesi Sharon; Kasoga Winnifred; Nabiryo Esther; Hussein Fazil; Nyanzi Huzairu

With the support of : Federation Genevoise de Coopération, City of Geneva, Canton of Geneva

Capture and editing: Reagan Giriwa


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Girl power: Young women against slut-shaming in Uganda - 20 years of Omoana

Watch our video on slut-shaming in relation to STD contraction in Uganda.

This is one of a series of video clips adapted from the show Résilience developed by former beneficiaries of the “Omoana House” project to mark the organisation’s 20th anniversary.

Acting, singing and video conceptualisation: Mukungu Enock Jonathan; Mutesi Sharon; Kasoga Winnifred; Nabiryo Esther; Hussein Fazil; Nyanzi Huzairu

With the support of the Fédération Genevoise de Coopération

Capture and editing: Reagan Giriwa


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Feedback on the Résilience show - 20 years of Omoana

When people are born with HIV, society sometimes makes them believe that they will not be able to have a normal life. However, if given the necessary means and care, they can die old like any other person. Young people supported in their childhood by the Omoana association presented a show in Ugandan schools about resilience in the face of HIV/AIDS. In this video, students having attended it tell us what they learned.

Acting, singing and clip conceptualisation: Mukungu Enock Jonathan ; Mutesi Sharon ; Kasoga Winnifred ; Nabiryo Esther; Hussein Fazil ; Nyanzi Huzairu ; Bazibu Micheal; Namirimu Teddy

With the support of: Federation Genevoise de Coopération

Filming-Editing: Reagan Giriwa


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Discover the Ugandan adaptation of Les Trois Cloches by Jean Villard

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When people are born with HIV, society sometimes makes them believe that they will not be able to lead a normal life. However, if they are given the necessary means and care, they can live long and healthy lives, just like any other individual.

We are delighted to share the Ugandan version of Jean Villard’s song “Les Trois Cloches”, adapted by young people supported by Omoana, in which they talk about resilience.

Many thanks to Mukungu Enock Jonathan, Mutesi Sharon, Kasoga Winnifred, Nabiryo Esther, Hussein Fazil, Nyanzi Huzairu, Bazibu Micheal and Reagan Giriwa for this wonderful creation.

This video is part of a series adapted from our show Resilience, which had to be cancelled.

With the support of the Fédération Genevoise de Coopération.


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Discover the Ugandan adaptation of Abbé Bovet's Old Chalet

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We are delighted to share with you the Ugandan adaptation of Abbé Bovet’s song “Le Vieux Chalet”, on the theme of resilience in the face of HIV/AIDS.

Many thanks to Mukungu Enock Jonathan, Mutesi Sharon, Kasoga Winnifred, Nabiryo Esther, Hussein Fazil, Nyanzi Huzairu, Bazibu Micheal and Reagan Giriwa for this beautiful creation.

This video is part of a series adapted from our show Resilience, which had to be cancelled.

With the support of the Fédération Genevoise de Coopération and the City of Bulle.


20 years of achievements

It's time to take stock of the past few years:

10600

Direct beneficiaries

Have been reached

264

Children affected by HIV/AIDS

Have been welcomed and given individual follow-up to enable them to undergo medical and psychosocial rehabilitation

343

Scholarship

Have been financed

3244

Families

Have benefited from microcredit projects

5348

Families

Have benefited from agricultural training to help meet the basic needs of children in a sustainable way

1339

People

Most of them affiliated with armed groups during their childhood, have benefited from individual therapy to deal with trauma

282

Professionnals

Have received training on psychosocial issues

Thousands

Of people

Have been sensitized on issues relating to the inclusion of children living with HIV, people suffering from trauma and the prevention of gender-based violence.

116

People

Employees in Omoana projects since its creation

+5millions

CHF

Collected by the association to date


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Discover the vivo Uganda mental health project on video!

Between 1986 and 2006, Northern Uganda was in the grip of a conflict between the Lord’s Resistance Army and the government.

60,000 children were kidnapped to be recruited as soldiers. Now adults, many of them still suffer from disorders linked to the trauma they experienced.

Using Narrative Exposure Therapy, our partner vivo Uganda and its counsellors are treating these disorders in order to contribute to the dignity of those affected and to peace in the Gulu region of northern Uganda.

Find out more about their work in video.

For further information, visit: Vivo Uganda

 

This video was made thanks to the support of the Fédération Genevoise de Coopération.


Developing social skills and preventing violence

Since September 2022, Omoana has been implementing a participatory process with his partners with the aim of improving their practice in psychosocial support and violence prevention with young people. This process aims to look at the lessons learned from past and current activities in order to propose improvements. It has taken place thanks to funding from the “Sharing Knowledge” fund of the Fédération Genevoise de Coopération (FGC).

Our partners in Uganda run activities to develop young people’s social skills. Improving self-confidence, communicating with friends, family and the community and managing emotions are all aspects of life that can be worked on to build resilience in the face of adversity. At several levels, our partners also address different types of violence that affect certain vulnerable groups of children and young people, whether physical, verbal, emotional or economic. Preventing discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS, combating gender-based violence and raising awareness of the mental health condition of people formerly affiliated to armed groups are all specific issues that have been addressed for many years. Admittedly, our partners do not all work with the same population groups. However, the mechanisms of oppression are often the same. There is considerable potential for exchanging best practice when it comes to preventing and responding to violence of all kinds.

"Through discussions, games and exercises, these interactive sessions have been designed to help young people question their relationships with themselves and with others, so that they can develop their own resources in the face of adversity and see difference as an asset".

Adrien Genoud, Director of Omoana

Developing social skills and preventing violence among young people

Creating interactive sessions for young people

Between September 2022 and January 2023, Omoana and its partners worked on technical sheets for conducting group sessions with young people on the following themes: Self-awareness- Self-confidence- Emotions- Stress management- Anger management- Conflict management- Mechanisms of discrimination- Trust- Collaboration- Healthy and toxic friendships- Social networks- Inclusion of people living with HIV/AIDS- Gender-based violence- Inclusion of people living with disabilities- Inclusion of people formerly affiliated to armed groups. The social workers and former beneficiaries, who are now active as mentors for other young people, have set up new sessions with the support of Omoana. In February 2023, they presented them to the other partners at a workshop. Using discussions, games and exercises, these interactive sessions were designed to help young people question their relationships with themselves and with others, so that they can develop their own resources in the face of adversity and see difference as an asset.

Testing solutions through Forum Theatre

During these workshops, participants also received introductory training in forum theatre. Forum theatre is an interactive technique that forms part of the Theatre of the Oppressed, developed by Augusto Boal in Brazil. It enables the creation and presentation of short scenes linked to social issues that expose a situation that needs to be changed. After an initial performance, the audience is invited to replace an actor on stage and try to change the situation, while the performance is replayed. Other actors respond by adapting their character, maintaining or adjusting their power of oppression or exploitation in relation to what has been changed. Forum Theatre offers a way of testing solutions through action. The audience makes and evaluates all the choices. During the workshop, the participants particularly appreciated this tool, which they will use in parallel as part of their activities with young people to address the social issues mentioned above.

This process finally led to the creation of the “Youth together” manual, which will provide partners with a framework for conducting sessions with young people. It will also make this new method deployable in other contexts and projects.

If you would like to receive the manual, please fill in the form at the end of the project page HERE.