Programs & Services



Sex Education

Barama charity Provides medical services, sanitary pads supplies, health classes for women/children.

Sex education helps people gain the information, skills and motivation to make healthy decisions about sex and sexuality. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest provider of sex education, reaching 1.5 million people a year according to UNESCO.

Facts About Comprehensive Sex Education

Sex education is high quality teaching and learning about a broad variety of topics related to sex and sexuality, exploring values and beliefs about those topics and gaining the skills that are needed to navigate relationships and manage one’s own sexual health. Sex education may take place in schools, in community settings, or online. Planned Parenthood believes that parents play a critical and central role in providing sex education to thier children.

 Comprehensive sexuality education refers to arange of topics :

·        Human Development (including reproduction, puberty, sexual orientation, and gender identity)

·        Relationships (including families, friendships, romantic relationships and dating)

·        Personal Skills (including communication, negotiation, and decision-making)

·        Sexual Behavior (including abstinence and sexuality throughout life)

·        Sexual Health (including sexually transmitted diseases, contraception, and pregnancy)

·        Society and Culture (including gender roles, diversity, and sexuality in the media)

 What Role Does Planned Parenthood Play In Sex Education?

Planned Parenthood education staff reach 1.5 million individuals each year, and 64% of those individuals are middle school and high school aged youth.

Planned Parenthood education departments provide a robust range of programming options, including:

·        Evidence-Based education programs for young people, adults and priority populations

·        Peer Education Programs

·        Promotores Programs and other community-driven, culturally relevant health education programs.

·        Parent/Family Education Programs

·        LGBTQ-focused Programs for LGBTQ youth and their parents/caregivers.

·        Training of Professionals, including educators and school-staff, community-based organization staff, and faith-based leaders.

·        Outreach and Single Session Workshops.

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Family Support

We support and empower families through the following programs below:

Prevention of child labour

Barama foundation put its effort on prevention of child labour due parental illiteracy, social apathy, and ignorance, lack of education and, exploitation of cheap and unorganized labour.

The family practice to inculcate traditional skills in children also pulls little ones inexorably in the trap of child labour, as they never get the opportunity to learn anything else; thus the need to put up schools or private institutions to eradicate child exploitation.

Improving literacy skills is a foundation for improving individuals’ capabilities, achieving economic growth, social development and environmental stability. Being able to read and write is one of the most effective tools to empowerment and overcoming poverty. Technology may have made reading and writing even more accessible in our sphere but in lesser-developed areas, such advancements are not seen. According to UNESCO, the entire continent of Africa has a literacy rate of less than 60%. Compare that to the 99% literacy rate in the United States.

 However, there is hope and numerous organizations are dedicated to eradicating illiteracy. If we all join forces, we can address the inequity and inequality that hundreds of thousands of children across Uganda currently experience.”

 Women’s groups

Women’s groups play an important role in community development. When women are having the necessary tools like education, liberty, and knowing their rights and roles, they can change the lives of children and society more especially in the fight against child labour and poverty.

Women are taught about family planning,(importance of child spacing) home management, the importance of sending their children to school, decision making, how they should communicate with their children about early sex more especially girls, how to chose un right partner, sex education involving the use of condoms for example.

Counselling young girls with unplanned pregnancy, offering temporary shelter and training in life skills - outreach to schools and colleges, seminars for volunteers, teachers and nurses.

Health improvement and provision of clean water

The sector strategy for reaching communities and households is the establishment of Village Health Teams (VHT) in all villages in Uganda. Community participation and empowerment is the strategy for enabling communities to take responsibility for their own health and well-being and to participate actively in the management of their local health services.

 Barama foundation provides crucial information about HIV Aids

Which is a big obstacle in social development: in this case there is great need to construct well-equipped clinic to treat, research and educate women and young people on issues of HIV awareness and preventives measures in which most victims are women without work and young people at large.

We advise and teach HIV-positive individuals ways of keeping themselves healthy (avoiding un protected sex, stay motivated, think towards the future of their children.) We also teach them community mobilization skills, which they use to start support groups in their own communities.

The Complete Health Improvement Program

The CHP is a premier lifestyle intervention targeting chronic disease that has been offered by our charity. The intervention has been used in clinical, corporate and community settings for the short-term and long-term clinical benefits of the intervention.

Specific targets of the Health promotion and education unit include;

· Intensify health awareness and behaviour change for health promotion

· Strengthen community capacity for health promotion and improved health service delivery with emphasis on the roles of women and men.

· Advocate for participation of political, religious and cultural institutions in promoting health programmes

· Strengthen interface between service providers and consumers

· Monitor and evaluate health promotion interventions.

The school health program was introduced to ensure healthy school children, staff and environment which are conducive for the delivery of quality education, normal growth and development of school children.

The basic objective of the education sector is to ensure universal and equitable access to quality education for all children of Uganda in both government and private sector education system. However, providing access to quality education was not possible without addressing the health sector concerns in schools.

















Counselling / Coaching

WHAT IS COUNSELLING?

Counselling offers the opportunity to explore personal health, family difficulties or work issues in a private environment with someone who understands confidentiality. Many people find that talking things over with a trained listener can offer a new perspective and help you find ways to deal positively with difficult decisions.

Counselling and Psychotherapy can be of great support in times of crisis or change. It involves the provision of professional assistance to people who are experiencing personal issues, in order to help alleviate those difficulties.

 Barama Counselling Service is available to all community members and there to provide confidential help and support that involves professional assistance to people who are experiencing personal issues, in order to help alleviate those difficulties.

We aim to help anyone in crisis especially students, old people, widows, orphans and so on to better cope more effectively with stressful situations, regarding personal development and relationships.

Counselling is a joint process that requires your motivation and active involvement. The counsellor will help you explore your feelings, thoughts and personal experiences in order to work towards finding your own solutions or the best way forward.
Counsellors are trained to be non-judgmental, reflective, and respectful of individual differences. All of the counsellors can offer professional support and expertise on a wide range of emotional and psychological difficulties.

What can I talk about?

Any inquiry/problem, no matter how big or small, can be brought to the Counselling Service. Common concerns for young people include pathway planning, organization strategies, academic pressures, panic attacks, problems with concentration, family and relationship difficulties, eating disorders, issues with self-esteem and confidence, depression, anxiety, bereavement, grievance or just take time to reflect.
Sometimes there isn’t a specific problem but you may simply want to talk about feeling unhappy or confused. You don’t have to be in crisis or at the end of your tether before you contact a counsellor.

IS IT CONFIDENTIAL?

All of the help and support we offer remains confidential within the Counselling Service team. This means we do not disclose verbal or written information about you to others without your consent.

Timing and motivation are both factors in the effectiveness of counselling. This means it is important that you book an appointment and decide for yourself whether this is the right time to seek help.

Contact:
Kids and youth  Help Line Teddy Nabasirye +256..
Parent Help – Bagala Irene  Tel:+256..

Crises Care – Majorine  info@barama.org

 

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CHRISTIAN COUNSELLING SERVICES represent a wide variety of topics within their expertise. Below is a more detailed explanation of the guidance each counsellor can provide on various subjects. These presentations are available in a variety of formats - workshop, seminar or other speaking engagement - and can be tailor-made to suit specific requests.

Depression: Shining Light in a Dark World

This seminar provides a holistic approach to the assessment and treatment of depression. People grappling with depression personally, or friends and family who have a loved one experiencing depression, will be equipped to find hope and light amidst the dark world of depression.

 

Overcoming Fear and Anxiety

Fear comes in many forms: perfectionism, people-pleasing, worries, anxiety, obsessions, and phobias. Our spirits, minds, and bodies were not created to live in these chronic states of fear. This presentation provides an overview of the different types of fear and anxiety, paves a clear pathway to peace for anyone who is ready and willing to leave their fears behind.

Avoiding Burnout in Work or Ministry

In this seminar, participants will learn about the signs and symptoms of burnout in workplace and/or ministry settings, and the overlap between burnout, stress, and depression. Transformative self-care strategies will be presented to empower individuals and organizations in the treatment and prevention of burnout.

Rock Bottom Isn't Always Necessary

God created us for relationship; however, since the fall of humankind, this sense of wholesome relationship has been warped and corrupted, replaced by things and activities. It is our wounds that drive us to medicate the pain of loneliness, inadequacy, hopelessness, and betrayal. The cycle of addiction keeps us stuck in unhealthy places which impact all those around us. This presentation offers hope and a beginning path to freedom. Specific addictions (alcohol/drugs, pornography, gambling, and eating disorders) may be addressed upon request.

WHEN LIFE SUCKS

Do you ever feel like you are banging your head against a brick wall? Are you losing hope? Sometimes life throws us curveballs and we are unable to cope with the unknown. Depression sets in or anxiety steals our sleep. This presentation will bring awareness of how depression/anxiety affects you and those who are closest to you. There are skills you can learn to bring hope where hope is needed and get support from those who know you best.





Fighting Against Addiction

People from all walks of life can experience problems with their addiction, regardless of age, race, or background. While some are able to use  prescription drugs without experiencing negative effects, others find that substance use takes a serious toll on their health and well-being. Abusing drugs can leave you feeling helpless, isolated, or ashamed. If you’re worried about your own  drug use, learning how drug abuse and addiction develops and why it can have such a powerful hold will give you a better understanding of how to best deal with the problem and regain control of your life.

People start using drugs for many different reasons. Some experiment with recreational drugs out of curiosity, to have a good time, because friends are doing it, or to ease problems such as stress, anxiety, or depression.

ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION BEFORE 18 YEARS

Alcohol remains a major cause of premature mortality, accounting for 22% (nearly one in four) of deaths among youth aged 15 to 34, according to a recent study.
The purchase of alcohol is reserved for adults, but some parents choose to introduce their youth to responsible alcohol consumption.

At 17 years of age, more than 90% of young people have already experimented with an alcoholic beverage and 59% report having been drunk in their lifetime. Cannabis is also the first illicit psychoactive product used in adolescence, with four in ten youth reporting having used cannabis at the age of 17. These figures are worrying as the trend is towards the use of several substances at the same time.


Effects of alcohol and drug abuse

The effect of alcohol or drug use on your teenager is not without risk.In most cases, users realize this very late, sometimes even too late.

Depending on the quantity consumed and the physical condition of the individual, alcohol can cause:

• Drowsiness, vomiting, diarrhoea, Stomach upset, speech disorders, unconsciousness
• Headache, breathing difficulties, distorted vision and hearing
• Distorted Judgment, decreased perception and coordination
• Anaemia (decreased red blood cells), Coma, a hangover,
• Poor sleep, risk of rape and crime

Find support for your addiction recovery

Barama charity works tirelessly when teaching, helping people to overcome addiction and encourages them on how and where to seek help:

1.     Reach out for support. Whatever treatment approach you choose, having positive influences and a solid support system is essential. The more people you can turn to for encouragement, guidance, and a listening ear, the better your chances for recovery.

2.     Lean on close friends and family. Having the support of friends and family members is an invaluable asset in recovery. If you’re reluctant to turn to your loved ones because you’ve let them down before, consider going to relationship counselling or family therapy.

3.     Build a sober social network. It’s important to have sober friends who will support your recovery. Try taking a class, joining a church or a civic group, volunteering in community causes or attending events in your community.

4.     Consider moving into sober living homes that provide a safe, supportive place to live while you’re recovering from drug addiction. They are a good option if you don’t have a stable home or a drug-free living environment.

Common signs and symptoms of drug abuse

Barama foundation focuses on sensitising people when it comes to signs of addiction or drug abuse in order to better suit individual treatment and fellow up.

Neglecting responsibilities at school, work, or home (e.g. flunking classes, skipping work, neglecting your children).

Taking risks while high, such as driving while on drugs, using dirty needles, or having unprotected sex.

Problems in your relationships, such as fights with your partner or family members, an unhappy boss, or the loss of friends.

You use to avoid or relieve withdrawal symptoms. If you go too long without drugs, you experience symptoms such as nausea, restlessness, insomnia, depression, sweating, shaking, and anxiety.

Loss of control over your drug use. You often do drugs or use more than you planned, even though you told yourself you wouldn’t. You may want to stop using, but you feel powerless.

Abandon activities you used to enjoy, such as hobbies, sports, and socializing, because of your drug use.

Behavioral warning signs of drug abuse and addiction

  • Drop in attendance and performance at work or school
  • Unexplained financial problems; borrowing or stealing
  • Sudden change in friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies
  • Frequently getting into trouble (fights, accidents, illegal activities)
  • Unexplained change in personality or attitude
  • Sudden mood swings, irritability, or angry outbursts
  • Periods of unusual hyperactivity, agitation, or giddiness
  • Lack of motivation; appears lethargic or “spaced out”
  • Appears fearful, anxious, or paranoid
  • Having bloodshot eyes or dilated pupils; using eye drops to try to mask these signs
  •  Skipping class; declining grades; suddenly getting into trouble at school
  • Acting uncharacteristically isolated, withdrawn, angry, or depressed
  •  Sudden mood changes or repeated health complaints, constant fatigue
  • Dropping one group of friends for another; being secretive about the new peer group
  • Loss of interest in old hobbies; lying about new interests and activities
  • Demanding more privacy; locking doors; avoiding eye contact; sneaking around

 7 steps parents can take to curb teen drug use

  1. Talk openly about the dangers of both illegal and prescription drug use with your kids. Providing a safe and open environment to talk about these issues can make a real difference in the likelihood that they’ll use or abuse drugs.
  2. Lay down rules and consequences. Your teen should understand that using drugs comes with specific consequences. But don’t make hollow threats or set rules that you cannot enforce—and make sure your spouse agrees and is prepared to enforce the rules. Remind your teen that taking someone else’s prescription or sharing theirs with others is illegal.
  3. Monitor your teen’s activity. Know where your teen goes and who they hang out with. It’s also important to routinely check potential hiding places for drugs—in backpacks, between books on a shelf, in DVD cases or make-up cases. Monitor your teen’s use of the Internet to check for illegal online purchases.
  4. Keep prescription medicines in a safe place, avoid stockpiling them, and dispose of any unused prescription medicines. Monitor your prescription refills carefully.
  5. Encourage other interests and social activities. Expose your teen to healthy hobbies and activities, such as team sports and after-school clubs.
  6. Talk to your child about underlying issues. Drug use can be the result of other problems. Is your teen having trouble fitting in? Has there been a recent major change, like a move or divorce causing stress?
  7. Get help. Teenagers often rebel against their parents but if they hear the same information from a different authority figure, they may be more inclined to listen. Try a sports coach, family doctor, therapist, or drug counselor.

We offer the following treatment programs

Residential treatment involves living at a facility and getting away from work, school, family, friends, and addiction triggers while undergoing intensive treatment. Residential treatment can last from a few days to several months.

Day treatment/Partial hospitalization – Partial hospitalization is for people who require ongoing medical monitoring but wish to still live at home and have a stable living environment. These treatment programs usually meet at a treatment center for 7 to 8 hours during the day, then you return home at night.

Outpatient treatment: these outpatient programs can be scheduled around work or school. You’re treated during the day or evening but don’t stay overnight. The major focus is relapse prevention.

Sober living communities  Living in a sober house normally follows an intensive treatment program such as residential treatment. You live with other recovering addicts in a safe, supportive, and drug-free environment. Sober living facilities are useful if you have nowhere to go or you’re worried that returning home too soon will lead to relax.

Detoxification. Usually the first step is to purge your body of drugs and manage withdrawal symptoms.

Behavioural counselling. Individual, group, and/or family therapy can help you identify the root causes of your drug use, repair your relationships, and learn healthier coping skills.

Medication may be used to manage withdrawal symptoms, prevent relapse, or treat any co-occurring mental health condition such as depression or anxiety.

 Long-term follow-up can help to prevent relapse and maintain sobriety. This may include attending regular in-person support groups or online meetings to help keep your recovery on track.

Decide to make a change

If you’re addicted to a prescription drug, you may be concerned about how you’re going to find an alternate way to treat a medical condition. It’s okay to feel torn. Committing to sobriety involves changing many things, including:

  • the way you deal with stress, who you allow in your life
  • what you do in your free time, how you think about yourself
  • the prescription and over-the-counter medications you take
  • Keep track of your drug use, including when and how much you use. This will give you a better sense of the role the addiction is playing in your life.
  • Consider the things that are important to you, such as your partner, your kids, your pets, your career, or your health.
  • Ask someone you trust about their feelings on your drug use.
  • Ask yourself if there’s anything preventing you from changing. What could help you make the change?

It’s also normal to feel conflicted about giving up your drug of choice, even when you know it’s causing problems in your life. Recovery requires time, motivation, and support, but by making a commitment to change, you can overcome your addiction and regain control of your life.

5 key steps to addiction recovery

  1. Remind yourself of the reasons you want to change.
  2. Think about your past attempts at recovery, if any. What worked? What didn’t?
  3. Set specific, measurable goals, such as a start date or limits on your drug use.
  4. Remove reminders of your addiction from your home, workplace, and other places you frequent.
  5. Tell friends and family that you’re committing to recovery, and ask for their support.












Farming improvement program

The term development does not refer to one single phenomenon or activity nor does it mean a general process of social change. All societies, rural and urban, are changing all the time. This change affects, for example, the society's norms and values, its institutions, its methods of production, the attitudes of its people and the way in which it distributes its resources.

A rural society's  customs and practices are never static but are continually evolving into new and different forms. There are different theories which seek to explain this process of social change (as evolution, as cultural adaptation or even as the resolution of conflicting interests).

As our main concern is to improve economic change we show people that they can improve and live meaningful life through farming (productive methods of farming), to best utilize the ressources (for example  soil ) and get the best out it. We specialise in cattle and goat raring, poultry, coffee and maize growing and provision of farm land. Once there is enough space of fertile land to carry out the above projects, we have the possibility and potential to sell our produce and reinvest the revenue where needed (provision of healthy centres and schools, clean water,. )

Agricultural and rural development

This guide is primarily concerned with rural extension and with the livelihoods of farmers and their families. The concept of rural development must therefore be considered with particular reference to agriculture, since agriculture is the basis of the livelihood of most rural families in Africa. In the past two decades there has been increasing emphasis on rural development programmes and projects, and recognition that the development of rural areas is just as important as the building up of urban, industrial complexes. Development must have two legs: urban industrialization and rural improvement.

Poor people in Uganda or elsewhere in the world live in isolated and often inhospitable places, with little access to the resources they need to improve their agriculture. Many lead their lives barely at subsistence level. There is a very strong case for giving high priority to rural development and the reason why Barama foundation promotes and puts forward agriculture is to improve and sustain the social, health and economic family or community status.

It can also be argued that agriculture is a vital part of the economy of any country and that its development is critical to the development of the country's economy as a whole.

Farmers and their families face a whole range of problems

 In terms of rural developmet, a whole range of problems which the farmer confronts daily must be considered. Some of these problems may be physical or tangible, and relatively easy to identify. They can quickly be spotted by observation  and once the extent of the problem is understood a relevant course of action can be proposed. For example, fertilizer can be recommended to improve the production level of a certain crop.

Rural development is a process integrated with economic and social objectives, which must seek to transform rural society and provide a better and more secure livelihood for rural people.Rural development, therefore, is a process of analysis, problem identification and the proposal of relevant solutions

Physical problems: These are problems which relate to the physical environment of a particular rural area, e.g., lack of water, poor infrastructure, lack of health facilities, or soil erosion. Rural development programmes can study the nature and extent of the problem and propose a course of action.

Non-physical problems: Some problems are more related to the social and political conditions of the region in which the farmers live, e.g., limited access to land, no contact with government services or dependence upon a bigger farmer. These problems are also very real even though they exist below the surface.

 







Construction of houses

Construction of schools, orphanages, houses and health centres  

Why shelters are important ?

  • Shelters provide secure accommodation for women and children who are at risk of or have been subjected to violence, although they contribute far more than just a safe place to stay. Shelters provide essential aspects of protection, services and resources which enable women who have experienced abuse and their children to recover from the violence, to rebuild self-esteem, and to take steps to regain a self-determined and independent life.
  • With proper resources, shelters have the capacity to provide the range of protection and support services necessary to help survivors and those at risk of violence to avoid future abuse. Shelters can also contribute to awareness-raising and social change as part of broader efforts to prevent violence against women and girls altogether.
  • Survivors of violence do not report abuse and often do not seek help from formal service providers and authorities for many reasons (Barrett & Pierre, 2011). The presence of and supports offered by shelters can address some of these barriers by encouraging women and girls to seek assistance. Shelters also have a role in strengthening the quality of responses provided by other service providers who are in contact with abused women and girls.

In Uganda, there is no social policy dealing specifically with widowed people. Widowed people are facing multiple layers of marginalization, abuse, discrimination and violations.

None of the widows had any direct role in choosing their children’s guardian.

Widows are excluded from decision-making, being discriminated because of AIDs and family backgrounds.

 One of the biggest challenges facing widows in Uganda is the loss of their husband’s wages.

For widowers, the main challenge lies in meeting childcare needs. Some women are forced to get any man against their will; looking at the unpaid school fees, their torn clothes and bare feet without fitting shoes, house rent… yet a man can help her, they end up in unprotected sex and toxic relationships.

So we try to teach women how to coop with life through, farming, art work, women’s groups, teaching them about their rights, their individual sexual autonomy, their right to choose a sexual partner(s) or to be sexually active and their access to sexual and reproductive health.

 

 










Barama ArtCraft Workshop

Barama foundation promotes and embraces the Ugandan diverse cultures through art, tolerance and meaningful co-existence. Building real tolerance in Uganda today calls for each of us to improve our skills and our ability to embrace our diversity, by sharing knowledge, mastering languages, discovering other people’s cultures and learning the lessons of history.

Many young Ugandans are making careers in design and art- embracing the Kitengi and Gomesi which are considered as income sources and a hot cake when it comes to traditional ceremonies.

One of the ways  Africa can overcome problems of underdevelopment is by using its abundant linguistic and cultural resources because not everything about development in every society is economic. Instead, the measures of development must be seen as having multiple dimensions (cultural, social, linguistic and religious ones).

 

We have so far two workshops doing various activities like, art-craft, brick making, pottery( ceramic products), hats, basket weaving etc. and by keeping these people with work to do and earning income from the products they make, is a life changing factor and one of our goals in the fight against or eradicate poverty. Barama members contribute towards economic development by training people how to manage their small businesses in villages and investing profits in education of their children, health issues thus allowing them to become self-sufficient and independent in meeting their daily needs.