Nsubuga Godfrey
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Gender
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Name
Nsubuga Godfrey
Organisation
Community Hive Organisation
Skype and telephone
+256706496682
About Me:
My name is Nsubuga Godfrey, the Executive Director and one of the founders of Community Hive Organization (CHO). CHO is a community based organization that was legally registered in 2010 and given mandate by the government of Uganda to complement efforts to improve the general wellbeing of older persons and orphans and other vulnerable children under their care. The establishment of this organization was based on the fact that my friend and I are orphans. I personally lost my biological father to the disease the relatives did not know about. By the time he died, I was still a baby and I did not recognize him as a father. Due to the challenges people go through my mum was unable to support me and therefore took me to my grandmother when I was 3 months old. This grandmother never bore children and therefore took me as her son. I grew up under her care despite the tough situations she underwent. Because of her barrenness, all her relatives neglected her and I was the only relative, child, friend and at the same time a grandchild. Such a situation made me to imagine the way other older persons go through in their struggle to look after their grandchildren. My friend also had the similar situation. My friend and I were working in the same organization that was supporting people with HIV/AIDS, Children, disabled and women but had no intentions for older persons. One day we made an informed decision and quitted the jobs that we had. There came in the idea of establishing Community Hive Organization purposely to provide support services to marginalized older persons in traditional communities of Uganda. I have a dream that one day CHO will be one of the few national if not international organizations that will have 9 centers serving thousands of older persons to improve their general well-being.
Education wise, I hold a diploma in social work and social administration obtained from Makerere Institute of Social Development (MISD) and pursuing a Bachelor of Science of project planning and management from Ndejje University. I am pursuing this degree to strengthen my capacity to run and manage this organization and also be able to meet my comprehensive dream. I still welcome more training opportunities to generate in-depth information and data on issues of older persons especially making communities appreciate them the way they are and look at them as assets and not liabilities. I do believe that all of us in the world have three options in life and are not negotiable.
1. One has to be a child
2. One becomes a youth
3. One grows old and as you grow old, you undergo a number of challenges of which some are biological and physical. Many youth fear these changes. Therefore it is important to create a platform for those that are currently old such that by the time we also grow old, we shall be having those to care about us (we reap what we sow). It is a human responsibility to give back to the community and it is exactly what Community Hive Organization is all about.
My dream:
By the year 2030, CHO will be seen serving thousands of older persons. I dream that the organization will have a headquarter in Wakiso District but with nine coordination/ field offices in other areas to ease older persons’ accessibility to; basic medical care services, psychosocial support services, income generating activities for increased household incomes, basic needs (food, shelter, clothing and education for them and orphans). I also dream that CHO will buy 5 acres of land and establish JAAJA’s home. This home will be meant to house older persons that are living in impoverished environment and whose origins are untraceable. I am aware that our government discourages housing of this nature because communities will abdicate their roles but through the CHO experience working with communities it is unavoidable. And remember, changing human behavior/community ideologies is a gradual process, which may not benefit vulnerable and marginalized older persons who urgently need support. Truthfully some communities are impoverished to the extent that they also need support to enable them support others, CHO will train home care assistants who will work with and look after older persons while in the JAAJA’s home and those that will be still in their communities. The home care assistants will be the out of school youth especially the school dropouts at senior four and six due to tuition default. They will be paid some little money and negotiate how they can go back to school or join vocational training centers. This will enable them not to burnout as they care for older persons. By this way CHO will be providing employment for youth and at the same time reducing the rate of illiteracy of the community people.
I also dream that in the same premise, we shall establish a big recreational Centre where older persons will be encouraged to make exercises to maintain fitness, play indoor and outdoor games, crafts making, music dance and drama among others as psychotherapy.
For the sustainability of the JAAJA’s home I dream to set up an agricultural farm to produce full diet food to feed the older persons.
To make this dream come true, the CHO team welcomes new friends to put efforts together to fight for the plight of an older person. Volunteers are most welcome. Partnership is important because there is a lot to share and learn.
From the training I have had with Ministry of gender, Labour and social development Uganda in partnership with Medical Research Council and Constellation France, I have been empowered with knowledge and skills on how to use the Community Life Competence approach and Easy Care instrument. I honestly appreciate the facilitators such as Marlou, Francien, Patrick, Michael, Arthur for the knowledge I am yet to share with the entire CHO team and/ or bring more youths on board.
My concern:
World over, the current good governance and flourishing developments, the current generation is enjoying now has been built on the efforts of the previous generation of people. In recognition of their historical and invaluable contributions, older persons should be best assured with better living conditions as they make good transition to older age. These assurances include; access to free or affordable quality health and medical care services; access to psychosocial support including recreational services; access to improved hygiene and sanitation; access to socio-economic security; access to decent and affordable shelter; access to love and care from families and communities; lessened the burden of caring for the a multitude of orphans for improved general well-being and sustainable development.
Older persons are a forgotten constituency yet they are the people who actually bore us. Many of them just sleep and wait to die since nobody seems to care about them or even have interest to address their concerns. Stigma and discrimination against older persons is on increase. As such, our grandparents especially in the traditional communities/ rural areas undergo a number of challenges and some of which could be worked upon by the communities themselves. This situation has increased their vulnerabilities to communicable and non-communicable diseases, poverty, indecent shelter, elder abuse and neglect, implications of AIDS, land wrangles and evictions, mob justice among others; all of which shortens their lifespan and abuse the rights of orphans and other vulnerable children to such safe and developmental services. There are very many older persons out there who have individual dreams for a brighter future but have not been given a platform to open up or bring out such dreams yet would make a difference and help to move this country quite ahead. Older persons in fact need a listening ear just like any other groups for instance the children, youths, and women among others. Based on the above excruciating situation provoked me to leave my former job together with my colleague by the name of Annet Nanteza and joined hands with the rest of other partners of similar philosophy to contribute to relieving on the suffering and pain older persons in Uganda go through as they make transition to old age. For sure the struggle in Uganda has just begun and therefore CHO calls upon all those who feel touched to join the trend for the same cause.
I'm proud of:
I am proud of being a grown up mature minded youth under the care of my grandmother. Had it not been her support and the challenges I went through along with her, I would not have thought of a dream such as this.
I am also proud that the government of Uganda has created favorable environment for all Age Care organizations to work peacefully. In this it has put in place the national policy for older persons (2009), National Act for older persons (2012) as a basis for designing, planning programs that best suit older persons.
I am proud of the CHO team that is qualified, committed and dedicated towards improving the general wellbeing of older persons and orphans.
What I think of Community Life Competence:
This approach empowers community members to stimulate their actions by using their power and knowledge for the betterment of their societies
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What do I want to do to spread Community Life Competence?
Facilitate Community Life Competence in my community, Join a facilitation team, Share about Community Life Competence with potential partners; friends; colleagues, I want to apply SALT in my own life (S: Stimulate; Support; A: Appreciate; L: Listen; Learn; Link; T: Transfer; Team), I want to share my experience on my blog in Ning
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The small secretariat of the Constellation also needs help. Do you want to help? I want to:
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Nsubuga Godfrey's Blog

: Older people too have fundamental right to live in safer, secure and healthier environment.

Posted on April 28, 2015 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

It is not difficult to see an older person smiling given what you are offering to that person is genuine and originates from the bottom of your heart. Take a look at Norah aged 80 years old, a resident of Sitabaale village in Busukuma Sub County with a promising smile on seeing Community Hive Organization (CHO) team, university students and school pupils building and handed over a drying rake to her. She did not have where to put her utensils after wash. She also had…

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Internstudents from Makerere and Kampala International Universities were oriented by Community Hive Organisation on how to conduct a SALT visit in Sitabaale village targeting older persons

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 7:30pm 2 Comments

Activity 2.1: Conducted Stimulate, Appreciate, Learn and Transfer (SALT) visits

CHO staff, community youth and internship students from Makerere and KIU universities conducted SALT visits to the households of older persons in Sitabaale village. The purpose of the…

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Responding to Rituu's question of knowing the relationship between young people and older persons

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 5:30pm 3 Comments

Relationships between young people and older persons 

Majority of us know naturally that relationships are important and contribute a lot to our well being. We think about our own need to share happiness and sorrow with people we feel will help (Stimulate) us understand Appreciate what we are, Learn from what we do and Transfer what they have learnt and also accept to share what we want to reach at (VISION). Ideally these should be people…

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CLCP Concept stimuating community youth and older persons to respond to issues of poor hygiene and sanitation for older persons

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 7:52pm 2 Comments

Community Hive Organisation volunteer staff facilitating community on Community Life Competence towards improving hygiene and sanitation among older persons in Sitabaale village, Busukuma Sub-county- Wakiso District, through inter-generational approach.CHO is now much convinced that this community has the potential to disseminate CLCP concept to benefit other communities through conducting activities that address issues of poor hygiene and sanitation for older persons.…

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At 4:11pm on February 6, 2014, Rituu B. Nanda said…

I read your message. Keep us posted on your work. Thanks for uploading your profile photo

At 9:38pm on February 4, 2014, Rituu B. Nanda said…

Sorry, I missed your message. You are doing great work in Uganda. A warm welcome here. Share your work with stories...we need inspiration and energy.

At 8:42pm on February 4, 2014, Marlou said…

Hi my friend - I am very happy you joined and I look forward to you sharing and learning together with others on this platform. I know with your determination you will make your dream work - I will be watching and encouraging that! With best wishes, Marlou

At 8:40pm on February 4, 2014, Marlou said…

Dear Godfrey

Welcome to Community Life Competence! 

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