Uganda: Citizen Journalism Training for Deaf Youth
Sawa World will train 10 youth with hearing impairment in videography and community leadership with our popular training called Citizen Journalism and Community Entrepreneurship. The youth from the largest slums in Kampala, Bwaise, Kamwokya and Rubaga, will learn how to use photography and videography to document successful, locally-created and practical solutions to self-employment and improved livelihoods.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Describe the specific population with whom you will be working.
Youth with disabilities are often severally marginalized and stigmatized in developing countries. They have little opportunities for skills and career development and the ability to improve their livelihoods.
This project will be carried out among deaf youth in collaboration with Deaf Ministries International. The organization brings together deaf youth from the various Kampala slums to engage in different empowerment activities like music and drama. We recently piloted our outreach program at their center, where we showed different practical solution videos to the youth with hearing impairment. After watching the solution videos the youth requested a special training to produce videos using sign language that are specific to them.
Who else will be on your team to help implement the project?
1. Sheila Ampumuza, Operational Director
2. Stephen Ssempala, Film Director
3. Nathan Binomugisha, Youth Reporter
4. Emmanuel Kalyebi , Partnership Coordinator
5. Denis Onen, Film Director, Kampala Film School
6. Daphne Nederhorst, Founder, Sawa World
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
The youth will produce five 5-minute solution videos that show the inspirational stories of youth with disability that have come out of poverty using very simple and practical locally created skills. These skills have improved the lives of many people living in their communities. The videos will provide a practical tool to demonstrate step-by-step how to replicate the solution. The videos will be shared in other centers for youth with disabilities in Kampala, featured in the national media (see project partners below) and posted on the Sawa World website, Facebook, Twitter and Linked In pages.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established or plan to establish that will contribute to the success of the project.
We are proud partners with the following organizations that will also collaborate in the proposed project:
1. Deaf Ministries International (identification of the youth)
2. National Union of Disabled Persons Uganda (identification of youth)
3. Kampala Capital City Authority, Directorate of Gender and Social Development (replication of program to other city centers for youth with disabilities)
4. NTV Uganda (share the solution videos on national television)
5. CBS Radio (raise awareness of the project on national radio)
6. The Daily Monitor Newspaper (publish a cover story on the project’s results)
How many participants do you think will be trained in your project?
The project will train 10 youth with hearing impairment. The youth will be given access to post their content on the Sawa World Facebook,Twitter and Vimeo sites. The youth will also form a Sawa World Club that will work with the Sawa World Outreach Team to identify that share their videos to a larger community in Uganda. The Club will also monitor the replication of the solutions shown in the videos among the group members. The Club will aim to get 100 members by the end of the project.
Describe which technologies, tools, and media you will focus on when training participants.
• Flip cameras
• Lapel microphones
• Still cameras
• Editing using Adobe premiere pro
Describe the facilities where you will hold the workshops.
The training will take place at al conference room at the Sawa World Kampala Offices. Sawa World will provide 10 cameras and other needed equipment that will be shared among 10 youth, one per pair.
What is your current relationship with the community with whom you plan to work? What makes you the most appropriate individual or organization to implement this project?
Sawa World is a highly respected and globally awarded NGO that uses a unique approach to self-empower the most vulnerable living in extreme poverty. Sawa World believes that solutions to extreme poverty already exist among the communities that suffer it most. We believe and have witnessed that by simply creating awareness of these existing sustainable solutions, the livelihoods of many poor communities can instantly be improved.
During the last three years in Uganda, we documented and shared, using media and the power of youth, simple and locally-created practical solutions to over 12,000 young people. This has led to instant replication of these solutions and improved livelihoods among the youth reached.
What specific challenges do you expect to face when planning and implementing your project?
The likely challenges when undertaking this training will be effective communication between the deaf youth and the trainers especially during the practical sessions. To overcome this challenge, we plan to hire three sign language interpreters to help the trainers in communication. The experience of working with diasable youth by one of our senior film trainers will also assist in overcoming this challenge.
How will you measure and evaluate the project’s impact, specifically: your primary participants, the wider regional community, or the global digital community?
Project success: trained youth feel empowered to document (on short video), share and replicate solutions to poverty that already exist in their own communities.
We will undertake surveys before and at the end of the training to check the progress of personal growth of each youth. Surveys will further be done on a monthly basis to track the replication impact of the solutions videos among the youth trained and among the members of the established Sawa World Clubs. An impact video will be created within 6 months of the project.
If your project were to be selected as a Rising Voices grantee, what would be the general timeline of project activities in 2014?
Tasks Time line
1) Identifying students to undertake program 1st week of June
2) Planning training and developing manuals 1week of June
3) Printing manuals and setting up venue 2nd week of June
4) 2 days in class training 3rd week of June
5) 1 day field practicum (filming and editing) 3rd week of June
6) Graduation and presentation solution videos 3rd week of June
7) Surveys 3rd week of June and ongoing for 6 months
8) Formation of the Sawa World Club 1st Week of July
9) Club activities July, August, September, October, November.
10) Submitting project impact video December
Detail a specific budget of up to $2,500 USD for operating costs.
Activity Quantity Calculation Total USD
Trainers fees 3 trainers $100 x 3 x 3days $900
Printing of manuals 10 $5 x 10 manuals $50
Stationery $50 $50
Hiring of venue 3 days $50 x 3 days $150
Hiring projector 1 $25 x 1 x 3 days $75
Transportation 2 vans 100$ x 3 days x 2 vans $600
Hiring sign language translators 3 $25 x 3 days x 3 $225
Snacks and drinks 3 days $50 x 3 $150
Internet 2 modems $50 X 2 $100
Servicing and maintenance equipment $200
Total Budget $2,500
Besides the microgrant funding, what other support can Rising Voices provide for your project to ensure its success?
* Providing advice to strategic contacts of media advisors that can serve on our local and international advisory committee
* Provide introduction to technology companies that can provide technical support and in kind services to integrate cell phone technology into our model to share local solutions to million of people living in extreme poverty.
Daphne Nederhorst, Founder Sawa World