Joy Taweka at home after her community morning visit as a CHP.
“I got married young and had 6 children. I had no skills in family planning at the time. When I was still young I saw people with “gigas” (parasites) suffering very much and wanted to assist them helping them to prevent these kind of problems. Further on I also saw people having so many problems linked to sanitation: some didnt have latrins, some were drinking water from the swamps without boiling it and getting sick. Some were washing dishes and leaving them under the banana leaves which doesnt help against dirt. I was 22 when I went for my first training but I got married and couldnt go for the diploma because my husband was travelling so much and we used to go with him. When he died in 2002 I decided to go back to study and I took a certificate in social development. The I got a job as assistant community developer officer in Budondo subcounty. I worked there for 12 years. I came back home in 2013 starting poultry and piggery businesses. I also have a cow. Then I was asked by the chairperson of our village to go for an interview for Living Goods. I liked their program because nutrition among communities has always been my interest. I have been a CHP for one year and 2 months now and I am very happy to help my community."
Buwolero-Mawolero Village, Jinja District, Uganda, 10 Feburary 2017