“The Pride of Serving Communities” “Toilet My Job”
Monday, 24 January, 2022
My name is Valentino Ngabirano I am 26 year old. I am a youth who has sought for ways to make my life bette rand now I am a self-motivated mansion.
I am also a youth leader in my community of Masaka ward, Kamwenge Town Council Kamwenge District. As a young man I took on responsibilities to support and care for 2 cousins brothers.
I am among theyouth who were introduced to the FINISH Mondail Program in my district, I was very excited becuase in my community all our Toilets were make shift structures . When the program team invited me tob e oriented about the program I signed up to construct the first proper toilet in my home.
My background in Eduction is in construction and I am a manson by profession. However when the Program team came to my community in Masaka Ward , my peers identified me as some one with skills in construction. However I had never constructed a Proper Tiolet however i agreed to take on training and then start with construction of my own toilet
Having acquired more skills in construction of improved toilets and sanitation marketing skills, I never sat back I decided to join the Finish Mondail team in marketing and construction of improved toilets as a way of giving back to his community. I started with construction of my own toilet that served as a demonstration to the community.
When the community members saw the propertly constructed toilet I have built and also learnt of the low cost involved many approached me and I have been hired to construct toilets for various community members.
Todate I have finished my own toilet and have also constructed ….. toilets in the community at a fee which has boosted my income and now i can comfortabily take care of my responsibility
To pay back my community, I offered on job training opportunities to any interested youths. Currently a total of 7 youths registered and I started working with them on site where they are serving as potters which gives them an opportunity to get practical skills that will contribute tot heir income since they are being trained but also getting paid for the work they are doing .
Todate, Valentino has directly touched lives of 572 (565 people with access to improved toilets and 7 masons of whom 2 are females).
From the earnings of the toilets he has constructed , Valentine has been able to construct a permanent house for his family something he is very proud of.
“I am so happy that FINISH ±Mondail Program came to Kamwenge, it has changed my life and my family. I can now pay school fees for my 2 cousin brothers on time not as before when I had to wait for a harvesting season”.
The main lesson learned from Valentine is the spirit of giving back to community. Having acquired the skills at no cost, Valentine opted to replicate the acquired skills by offering on job training to the 7 youths. He is also offering the service at a subsided rate affordable to the community.
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