Category Archives: community organizing

Now its about Acholi pride: The Show Down

On Saturday morning my phone buzzed, early. “The Ministry of trade are coming on Monday.” Coming to make our councillors halt the alcohol ordinance. The snake show-down. I leapt out of bed with a rush of adrenaline. Good-bye sleep in, … Continue reading

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Snake, Mouse, Owl and Rhino: resistance begins.

Threatening phone calls It started with phone calls. Aggressive phone calls. The District Chairperson said he was under “enormous pressure.” The police commander hinted he might loose his post or be ‘transferred’ if he continued operations to impound those cheap, … Continue reading

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Five tips for making **it happen in local government offices

What is it that makes local government offices in Uganda come to a grinding halt? Why does it take so long to make anything happen? When Wakonye Kenwa group started fighting for these alcohol laws two years ago, I thought … Continue reading

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Experiments with fire and spirits

The District store keeper “Titi” and I became instant allies. Several things indicated to me early on that he was different from most of the District’s sleepy, procedure-addicted administrative staff: The excited glint in his eye when we brought in … Continue reading

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The T-shirt Debacle (Alcohol law launch: the messy version)

The night before the big public launch of our alcohol law, I biked down Juba road, ticking off tasks in my head, moving past the road-side dusk activity, maize roasting, weaving motorbikes. Official speakers ready to talk, tick. Donation of … Continue reading

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Gulu’s alcohol law. Launched!

Last Tuesday was a milestone in our ‘Wakonye Kenwa’ group’s long struggle to bring alcohol regulation to Gulu town, and ban sachet alcohol. Over a year ago we coordinated a march to deliver over 10,000 signatures to the local District … Continue reading

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Alcohol Drama

The Wakonye Kenwa group that Tessa has been working with decided that a drama illustrating the harms of alcohol would be a great way to try and advertise the new alcoholics anonymous groups that are starting in the community. Here’s … Continue reading

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Sachet ban: Where are we at?

Anyone remember these? The 40% spirits packaged in a convenient little 100ml plastic sachet available in every single local shop for only 25 NZ cents? Unfortunately, they are still everywhere. I biked to a meeting yesterday and the road was … Continue reading

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March on – Video

We proudly present to you a 2015 highlight: Wakonye Kenwa’s March to End Sachet Alcohol in Gulu You might be wondering… What is sachet alcohol? Watch the clip, and Isaac from Wakonye Kenwa will explain all… Who is Wakonye Kenwa? … Continue reading

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We won a borehole, now lets lock it.

Last November I announced a big win for Wakonye Kenwa. Our research and persistent lobbying won a promise from the District Water Office to drill a new borehole for the community of Obiya West. Its now February. So, you may … Continue reading

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