Our favorite time of the year is here! This month, we’ve welcome 11 bright new faces into the Sseko workshop–11 young women who will work with us for 9 months while they earn an income for university and head off to school in the fall. We are so excited to introduce you to the Class of 2016!
This year’s class if full of vibrant characters. There is Linda (who lost both of her parents when she was young but is dreaming about becoming the first female President in Uganda!), Successor (who is going to university to study human rights and hopes to help end tribal conflict and domestic abuse) and Bridget (who will go on to college and study logistics and operations…but has not-so-secret dreams of becoming a stand-up comedian.) to name a few. You can head on over to our Meet the Women page to read more about each university-bound lady!
Every year at Sseko, our new class of University Bound ladies are each assigned a mentor from our veteran staff. These women check in with them on a weekly basis and offer advice about life, finances, health, and the workplace. Many of the girls are living on their own for the first time, and having someone to go to with their questions and concerns is invaluable.
Last year, we had such a good time with the mentor yarn maze that we’ve decided to make it an official tradition. While the girls went for a short walk outside, their mentors created a maze of yarn through the workshop. When they returned from their walk, each of the young women found her name attached to a piece of colored yarn, and followed the trail through the workshop to see who was waiting at the other side!
The veterans especially get into the process, laughing as they wrap the yarn around table legs, machines, and through other hard to reach places. Some even headed outside to hide in the field behind the workshop.
The new mentors and mentees were pretty thrilled about their pairings. There were a lot of dances, hugs and celebrations as the girls saw who waited for them at the end of their piece of yarn. We can’t wait to see what they’ll teach each other this year.