Women living with HIV cultivate leaders and food, in Uganda’s slums

“Since June 2013, KCCA sends us vehicles free-of-charge and provides the [labour] to load collected waste from our zone. Thanks to the cleaning circle, a simple phone call makes the KCCA officials politely send their garbage vehicle to collect the garbage,” she says, proudly. 

Because of these activities, residences of Katwe have now recognized the need for their own proactive efforts and commitment to clean up their community, along with local authorities.

“We had no motivation to clean our areas,” explained community member Namitala Regina, during a clean-up. “Zavuga has trained us because she was trained... I am eager to learn what else these people have for us!”

The resulted has been an immediate change in mindsets. Residents have taken ownership of the urgent need to ensure that their environment is kept clean, with leaders coming on board to support the initiative. 

“Tetudda mabega,” says Zavuga, meaning “we shall not move backward”.


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