Vuasu Catalyst Workshop November 2013

The Catalyst workshop was attended by 20 participants from five of the Vuasu Primary Cooperatives.

District Cooperative Male Female Total
Same district Gandu 3 3 6
Bwambo 3 3 6
Chome 3 2 5
Mwanga district Raa 1 1
*Vuchama 1 1
Total   11 9 20


The workshop was facilitated by Linda Mayoux with co-facilitation by Grace Murungi and the executive director (Paineto Baluku) and four champions (Asasio Balitabya, Floris, Doviko and Faith) from Bukonzo Joint Cooperative Union. The champions from Bukonzo Joint presented their experience with GALS.

The workshop was held  from 8:30am  to 6/7PM daily – starting and ending with a song.

Day 1 and day 2 morning: Vision Journey

(drawing visions and sharing them in the soul mate exercise). Followed by planning how to achieve one of the elements of the vision using the Vision Journey tool Participants watched theGALS DVD on Bukonzo Joint and listened to the presentation by BJ with questions and answers.

Day 2 afternoon and day 3 morning: Gender Balance Tree

was introduced by BJ. Participants then drew the Gender Balance Tree in their own notebooks and identified the changes that they would like to make. Drawing individual diagrams in their exercise books; making songs for Vision Journey and Gender Balance Tree.

Day 3 morning and day 4: Empowerment Leadership Map

with assistance from BJ. At the same time Linda took the Cooperative leaders to show them the Challenge Action Tree tool that they could use in their meetings and explain the participatory process involved. The group decided to use the tool to examine the problem of alcohol addiction that affect about 42% of the men in their communities.


Upscaling plan for GALS in Same (and Mwanga) district

 Where/Who they will train Rural Cooperative Societies
Chome Gandu Bwambo Total
Neighbours 12 12
Spouse 3 3 20 26
Government personnel 5 5
Church 15 10 18 43
Cooperative 12 12
Children 9 9
Friends 18 18
Market 13 13
Savings & credit 37 11 30 78
Restaurant 35 35
Wedding/Events 10 10
Total 113 45 103 261


Day 5: Preparation and Final Presentation of how the champions will take the methodology back home and the final 3 songs to District Executive Direction and Nangula from Tutunze.


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