In a small part of Omugo Village Four – Omugo Extension Refugee Settlement in Northern Uganda. Soot Semee is a new source of hope and happiness for the refugee communities living in the camp.
John Sebit is the block leader of Tank 39 in Omugo Village. In his location there are over 500 community members, interestingly, Sebit knows almost all of them by names, including the kids. He listens to them and visits every household at least on daily basis. During the launch of the project last year, the location received only two speaker boxes, but these couldn’t really meet the need of the population in the community. All ten divisions of the village soot semee has over 112 active listening groups, two of them in Tank 39. Recently we distributed 140 speaker boxes, this time a good number of them went to Sebit’s block. Since then, He ensures that his community members are listening by supporting the groups to charge their speaker boxes, receiving new programmes every week from the collections point for them and working closely with group members to create and contribute contents. He is a community hero.
Sebit told us “There is a real change in the people, when I passed through the village these days, I see a lot of smiles on their faces which wasn’t there, there is a sense of people in the area beginning to work together, living peacefully in their families and now there is hope…”