Wasserprojekte


VCA Kampala erstmalig auf Projektbesuch
in Moroto und Karamoja

Nobert Latim, Mitbegründer der Crew Viva con Agua Kampala in Uganda, berichtet vom ersten Projektbesuch der ugandischen Supporter*innen in Moroto und Karamoja. Sein Freund und weiterer Mitbegründer von Viva con Agua Kampala, Papa Shabani, hielt viele einzigartige Momente in bewegenden Fotos fest.

Marteria, Maeckes, Los Piratos, Onejiru, Rebelzer, Julia Benz, Bobbie Serrano - this is just a small list of the many Viva con Agua (VCA) supporters that have come to Uganda and visited the Viva con Agua / Welthungerhilfe projects.

Despite such an amazing list, at some point it started to feel like something small was missing. With a steadily increasing number of activists from Uganda, it became more and more desirable to show these Ugandan supporters what exactly they are supporting. Hence, the idea of the Moroto trip started to surface.

 

When VCA started to really pick up in Uganda, it started with a small number of activists:

Abramz, Sylvester, Lady Slyke, Bris Jean, Destreet Art and Papa Shabani! These are perhaps the “oldest” of the existing supporting Viva con Agua activists here in Uganda.

In 2013 a video, BLU UGA, was shot with the aforementioned rappers and singer (Bris) which set the tone for many events to come – the concert at the Goethe Zentrum and even the WeLoveYouganda festival. These events saw more supporters come on board, among others the artists from the Angavu Art Studio or Batalo East. With such a variety of new and old supporters, the next step was to first of all thank the old supporters for their support but also motivate and inspire the new ones to believe in what VCA is doing and engage themselves.

With the support from Viva con Agua St Pauli, Welthungerhilfe and fundings from the German Embassy Kampala the trip was possible. Viva con Agua Kampala mobilised a number of activists from different organisations to hold workshops in which messages sensitizing communities about WASH and other positive messages could be relayed. Our field trip team included:

  • Lady Slyke                            >> NTV Newzbeat
  • Faizal “Mostrixx” Ddamba   >> Breakdance Project Uganda/Batalo East/Tabu Flo
  • Eric Sama                             >> Breakdance Project Uganda, Vizurii Dance Crew
  • Tindi Ronnie Chris               >> Angavu Art Studio
  • Kintu Paul                             >> Angavu Art Studio
  • Destreet Art                          >> Destreet Art Foundation
  • Sekabira Kennedy                >> Watoto Wasoka

The workshops were held simultaneously and all had a large number of students. We had originally planned to have a maximum of 10 students per workshop, but the activists were ready to hold even more numbers saying, “the bigger the better”.

These workshops were a good example of just how important the packaging of a message is too. Bringing WASH through football, rap, dance and art made the participants more willing to not only receive the message but also share it. While in Moroto High School, the District Sports officer was also present and he too really appreciated the impact of especially the WASH drills, he appreciated that the balance of fun and education is so well maintained.

The dance workshop was very interesting in that: The moment students and pupils heard music, they all ran towards where it was coming from; this shows you the pull factor that music has, especially on kids. The dance workshops were always full of life, smiles and creativity. The music workshops probably positively “shocked” people the most first of all because they were held by Lady Slyke, a news reporter from the NTV NEWZBEAT, and Erick Sama, a beatboxer. Many of these kids had no idea what beatboxing was and could hardly believe that beats can come from the human body. With Ericks beats and Lady Slyke’s positive lyrics the music workshop were very unique, fun and informative.

The power of a (foot)ball cannot be underestimated. When kids see a ball bouncing, all their attention is taken by the ball and in that moment, nothing else matters.
The WASH workshops therefore are designed in such a way that they maximise this attention to put a positive message in the activity without removing the fun aspect that many attach to the “beautiful game”.

Something really nice about the art workshop was that one could have thought that the artists were going to paint the mural themselves, but considering the number of students around them, they decided to involve them and make it a community mural! Anyone who wanted to paint something contributed. In the end a beautiful WASH piece for the people by the people was produced.

 

It’s all worth mentioning that when we visited St. Mary’s Girls Namalu, we were welcomed with WASH plays, music, dances and poems. They were perfect and it was evident the amount of preparation they had put into all this. On the chalkboard was a big Welcome Writing designed with calligraphy for the visitors. So to them we say thank you very much for the effort. We look forward to visiting these schools again, to see the possibilities of partnering on more sustainable levels.

WASH Messages and workshops are not new. Viva con Agua is continuing something that has existed and continues to exist. But from these workshops we learned that the way in which the workshops are held is the most unique thing. Packaging them in activities the participants like has made it easier and more effective to pass them on.

This trip has allowed us to have an overview of what we have and the potential of what it can achieve! Next time everything will start from where we have stopped, that means it can only get better.

ALL FOR WATER WATER FOR ALL

 

Nobert Latim hat Deutsch an der Uni in Kampala studiert. Papa Shabani ist Fotograf und Künslter, hat Gestaltung & Kunst an der Akademie in Kampala studiert. Gemeinsam mit Freunden bauen Nobert und Papa Shabani Viva con Agua Kampala in Uganda auf!