One Year Old: Happy Birthday Watipa!
What a fantastic moment to pause and reflect on the first year of Watipa. We have worked on a range of meaningful projects working with communities around the world. We have provided services through the social enterprise that included desk reviews, report editing, research interviews, curricula development, training and workshop facilitation. We have worked internationally, as well as supported specific interventions in Jamaica, Kenya, Nepal, South Africa, South Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Our projects have included working with terrific partners such as Intrahealth International, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Grassroot Soccer, and the United Nations Department of Political Affairs.
We are also very proud to have supported 36 young leaders through our scholarship programme. The Watipa scholars are based in Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.
This is only the beginning…. we have big plans for the future, and for expanding our efforts to support young people to be and lead the change they want to see in their communities. We continue to be grateful for the generous support from all corners of the globe in helping us to get started and establish such as a strong foundation to build on in the future.
Join us in celebrating our first birthday on Sunday 11th June. Enjoy! Keep a look out on our website, Facebook page and Twitter feed for the latest updates. Share your birthday messages as well!
Now for the latest update, May has been a busy month for Watipa. Highlights have included:
- officially registering as a charity in England and Wales, thanks to the pro bono legal support from Debevoise & Plimpton
- delivering three workshops working with sport (soccer) and development to combine knowledge with empowerment for young people to access comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services in South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe,
- facilitating a training of trainers workshop for healthcare workers in South Sudan, about providing quality and comprehensive HIV services to all that are free from stigma and discrimination, and
- reviewing training processes to reduce stigma and discrimination related to HIV in Jamaica.
Keep up-to-date with our thinking, work and new ideas through our latest blogs:
- South Sudan: Want to reduce stigma? Move a building!
- Uganda: A different type of ball: Reducing teenage pregnancies through soccer
- Global: Happy Africa Day! Young people are our leaders of today and tomorrow…
- Southern Africa: Experiential learning: more than words
- Malawi: Meet a scholar: Prudence Chavula, Malawi
- Global: #SRHR Matters!