Showing posts from April, 2020

Safe Measures For Teenagers in the Fight Against COVID-19

Being a young adolescent in the 21st century is not easy and, the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is not making life that easy for them. With the abrupt closure of schools, cancelled events, curfews and, lock downs happening without prior warning or preparations are causing young adolescents to miss out not only in academics but on some of the biggest and important moments of their young lives.
As the virus continues to spread across the world, countries are facing multiple new stresses like psychological health risks, family confinement, isolation, and economic vulnerability. Through all these children and young adolescents are particularly very vulnerable and at risk. As countries try to understand the pandemic and come up with coping and survival mechanism for the virus, families especially parents and caregivers are faced with new challenges and realities. That of taking care of their children. One key thing to note is teenagers and youths in their early 20s have the frontal lobe of…

My Teacher Defiled Me at The Age of 8 Years but Now I Take My Power Back; Sofi Buwembo

April is sexual assault awareness month and I feel this is the best time for me to share with the world my experience as a young girl. 
I was sexually assaulted by my teacher when I was 8 years old. I was in P.3 at Kibuli Demonstration School, Uganda. My abuser’s name was Sheikh Serubogo and he taught I.R.E in lower primary.
My teacher took me to his house and as a lamb being led to the slaughterhouse, I went with him not knowing what would befall me. 
When we got there, he took my clothes off and told be to lie down. He went ahead to lie on top of me and rubbed his genitals against mine. This incident made me feel so dirty and very angry at everyone especially myself. I felt responsible for allowing such a horrible ordeal to happen to me.
I went back home as usual and kept all these to myself. I have never told a soul about what happened to me as a little girl not even my mother and God knows I have always told her everything but not this. As an 8-year-old I thought my mother would be de…

A Stalling Career and Broken Relationship Pushed me to Depression – Kaka Tim

Nairobi has always been the proverbial land of greener pastures. To seek these greener pasture Kaka Tim came to Nairobi with high spirits and there is nothing he look forward to like financial freedom. Before getting on his feet, a kind cousin offered to host him.

“My career took longer to pick up, but I remained optimistic.” Kaka Tim explains. He caught a break and got a writing engagement where payment was based on number of words. Tim worked so hard and was able to get a decent income monthly. This at the time was adequate to cater for his monthly bills.

At this point Tim decided to move out and rent his own house and so he moved into an SQ in South B. Things went on well for a while until some point when his articles were not being published. “This happened for a while and my steady income was shrinking fast. Without being published I had no income”.This was just a couple of months after he had started enjoying the financial freedom.

Parallel to the stalling career was a broken rela…