Western Uganda is known for many things but chiefly, being home to the tallest Mountain, Rwenzori. That 5,000 metre high mountain sets the pace for the region’s landscape, with such undulating terrain almost everywhere you turn. It also holds some of the lowest temperatures in Uganda, with the green vegetation always welcoming a beautiful sunset. With that kind of setting, you must guess what the people from the far west look like; absolutely beautiful. So in this land of mountains, sunsets, milk and honey, The Y+ campaign went searching for a King and Queen, setting camp in Kasese District.
We hit the ground running with a community dialogue in Kilembe, the copper town. Among the stakeholders we hosted was Uganda Police, where the Officer in Charge shared a wonderful insight with us on how they deal with YPLHIV in a place with increasing juvenile criminal cases.
“We always inquire from the young people what their status is in secrecy. For those who are positive, we ensure that they take their medication on time until their cases are solved” The OC said. It was a more than meaningful session which then ushered us into our next activity, the School Outreach.
For these, we had two. One was at Liberty College and the other at Kilembe Secondary School. It never gets old sharing vital lessons and experiences with our peers in school, who always shock us with one knowledge bomb after another. We will forever live to cherish those smiles and commitments from the school club leaders to continue sensitizing their peers and spreading awareness in their schools.
On the D-Day, it was Senyonga Micheal from Kasese District and Miss Y+ is Aliganyira Macklean from Bwera who wore the crowns. They now take on the mantle of rallying their peers in the entire region to step up the fight and are readying up for a shot at the Grand Prize come the Grand Finale this November 22nd.
It was a lovely one, Kasese. Busia up next!