Straight Talk, September 2009
"Holiday is a time to work hard. It is thetime when you see that things are not free but worked for," says
STLukhonzo radio journalist.
• Respect home rules. If your parents want you home at a particular time, behome. • If you go out, tell them where you are going. Parents worry about your wellbeing. It is not about controlling you.• Do house chores. It is not a punishmentbut teaches you self-reliance.• Let what you do in your holiday add value to your life, family and community.
Prossy, Benedictine Vocational Training andProduction Centre, Tororo, says: "
I was a ‘cow girl’. I looked after animals, milked and sold the milk.Many boys and girls laughed at me saying that I willnever get married because ‘I smelt like animals’. I wasnot bothered by their ignorance. From these animals,I pay my school fees, buy books, pens and get pocketmoney. Most of the boys and girls who laughed at meare suffering."
Great work, Prossy! Focus on yourgoal.
Bwire Wilber, 19, S5, Lumino HS, Busia, says:"
I made charcoal to meet my requirements. I have amotto that keeps me active. 'What have I done today that will make my tomorrow sweet.'"
Good motto,Wilber. Plant trees to replace those you cut. Learnabout efficient charcoal making methods fromTree Talk
Wandera Denis, 16, S2, Bukalikha SS, Busia,says:
"I helped out with tasks without being asked. My parents were happy and bought me a dictionary. They promised to take me to the source of River Nile, if Iperform well next term.”
Way to go, Wandera. Let us work willingly and not stress our parents. They are already stressedlooking for our school fees.
Nawawi Suduki, Kiryassaaka SS,Masaka, says
I was with my sick grandmother and helped her with work. She gave me a nice T-shirt, apair of bed sheets and blessed me."
Beautiful. You put a smile on yourgrandmother's face.
Komakech Rogers, S4, City SS, Wakiso, says:
“Books were my number one priority. I had a girlfriendbut we separated when I discoveredthat she was cheating on me. I went foran HIV test and was negative. I’m now abstaining.”
Thanks, for resting without rusting.Stay in charge of your life.
Auderut Tereza, head girl,Benedictine Vocational Centre,Tororo, says: "
I distilled waragi . Itis a dirty job but I made money forpersonal requirements. This preventedme from begging from relatives and friends who could take advantage of my situation."
Thanks, Auderut. But watch out forbrewing. You may meet drunk men who want to have sex with you.Some may try to rape you. Look foranother job next holiday.
Brenda Nakintu, 15, S1,Namutumba Central HS,Busembatia, says:
"I went to my aunt's where very many boys wantedme to be in love with them. I refusedby not moving at night to avoid beingraped by them. Yes, I stayed safeby staying at home to avoid sexualintercourse, bad peer groups and watching blue movies.”
Brenda, keepbeing strong so that you completeS6: 15 is really too young for sex,and those boys were not serious.
sick. But testing when you fall sick is dangerous because by then yourimmunity is too weak. You take longto respond to medicine, if at all youdon’t die. You will take many pills of different types. The earlier you test,the better. If I had been tested early,I wouldn’t have gone through allthat pain.
LETTERS TO JANE I am positive but I can’t tellanyone in our school coz they will isolate me.Girl, S5, Masaka
Disclosure (telling others) is a a setpby step process. First examine your friend’s reactions towards peopleliving with HIV. Tellthem an indirect story of someone you know whohas HIV. If their reactionis bad, talk to them aboutthe love and supportpeople with HIV need.Disclosure sets you free.Talk with your counsellor for more guidance.
Straight Talkers, any questions for Jane? Write to: PO Box, 22366, Kampala