“The longest Journey in life is the journey of discovering the self, because it may never end” Zaituni Nabateregga was quoted today as she facilitated the session on Life Skills and Self reflection. Her statement was an eye opener to many of the young people who have joined us for three days for the annual Y+ Summit, our innovative effort to empower Young People Living with HIV/AIDS with information and skill on various life topics. Here’s a little rundown on what has been a ground breaking day for the summit, a read you should enjoy.
The Gold In Rubbish
Having set all the targets and managed the expectations, the floor was taken over by Godfrey Karinako Arinaitwe, a research officer and supervisor at Uganda Industrial Research Institute. Godfrey has clinched over 16 local and international awards for his entrepreneurial skills and these are heavily vested in paper recycling. He makes paper bags for top brands, recycles rubbish to make briquettes and also makes liquid soap. He emphasized the importance of a will of excellence among the young people, urging them to seek being rich over poverty through prayer and hardwork.
Power Quote “Ensure that whatever you do, you are the best at it. Don’t settle until you are sure that you are doing the very best you can do”
Cutting that Career Path Out of the Rubble
There was an entire panel on career guidance moderated by our 2017/18 Y+ Queen, Gloria Nawanyaga. It featured Sharifa Nalugo, Dr William Kafeero, Josephine Nabukenya and Elizabeth Kalemera, It was a perfect blend of the new and school, which talked about finding the best careers and how to become the best in them.
Power Quote “You need to be unique, creative and hardworking. Be identified as you, and put your hands in there to take that identity to the top”- Sharifa Nalugo
Oh Darling Zai!
You gotta love Zaituni Nabateregga. She stepped up and took all the young people in albeit the most engaging session of the day, questioning, probing and cracking jokes. She made sure she left them all knowing the importance of knowing who you are and identifying your purpose in life, so that you are not easily manipulated and taken by the flow.
Power Qoute “You are your own best counsellor in this life. No one should mislead you about things involving your own life”
If It Ain’t About The Money…
It should always be about the money. That is why we had Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Stanbic Bank and Standard Chartered Bank who took up the breakaway sessions on saving, small scale investment, innovations, start ups and opportunities. The icing on this cake was the presentation of an abstract by Brenda Facy Azizuyo from International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW) on how they are providing economic knowledge and skill to young girls.
Power Quote “Life is not short. It is long enough for you to find your purpose and start living it”
This was capped by the dance, the food, the art and great company. Keep following #YPlussSummit19 on all social media platforms to catch the updates, as we bring you day 2 and 3. We are the peers making it happen.