I joined Karate in March 2009 when the Sure Start team visited our school and set up a club.
I thought this was just another new game that I needed to be involved in since I am a sports girl at school who jumped at any sporting opportunity that presented itself. I love sports and this one seemed interesting. It was karate.
Karate did not only teach me the physical exercise, it taught me many other disciplines that totally transformed my life.
During the karate training we were taught self discipline, self defence and a few weeks later, my confidence started to manifest. Even though I loved sports, I was shy around boys. Now I can challenge both boys and girls in both sports and academics.
Also, as a girl growing up in a traditional African community, I did not know that children had any rights until our gender trainer explained to us that children had rights too and we the girls were entitled to as much rights as boys. Armed with information on relationships, gender related issues and HIV/AIDS, I was ready to stand up against the myths that surround our participation as girls in the affairs that concern us.
At the end of the training, we were passed out as trainers in a colourful ceremony that marked the launch of the Sure Start project. I confidently led my team during the final school demonstration at the Lions Children’s Park, Tororo.
The new members have elected me as their chairperson and junior trainer.
I have gained respect from the girls that I train in my school.
I am determined to stay in school so that I can help other girls.
I thank MIFUMI and Women Win for your continued support to my school and our Karate club.
MIFUMI Primary School