STAR Circles

BIDA in collaboration with Transform Africa are implementing a 4 year project in Bufumira and Kyamuswa sub-counties in Kalangala District to empower fishing communities to fight HIV and its impact, using the STAR (Societies Tackling AIDS through Rights) approach to facilitate and support the active participation of communities affected by HIV/AIDS through mutual reflection, learning, and planning joint action to address HIV/AIDS related problems. It was anticipated that through mainstreaming gender, women rights and issues of vulnerable people, communities would be empowered to explore and connect the pandemicís dynamics into community life and livelihoods for transformative actions.

\r\n

A pre-midterm evaluation of the project that was carried out in March 2014 revealed that there exist capacity gaps in the application of the STAR methodology. In order to bridge these gaps, a 6 days facilitatorsí refresher training was conducted to streamline and strengthen the operations of the STAR Circles.

\r\n

At the end of the training, it was resolved that STAR Circles need to be re-organized and equipped with the basic facilitation materials in order to effectively serve their communities. A timeframe for effecting the necessary changes was set to start immediately after the training which ended on 10th May 2014.

\r\n

Key actions required for STAR Circle re-structuring and equipping are outlined in table below.

\r\n\r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n

\r\n Action

Time frame

Responsible person

In puts

Support required

Providing feedback to STAR members

6th May

Facilitators

-

Star trainer initiate model circles

Providing basic materials

 

CEO

Registers, visitorsí books, minute books, Pens, manila papers, M-tapes and markers.

-

Selection of Co-facilitators

May

Facilitators

 

LC1 Involvement

Selection of meeting days

May

Facilitators

-

LC1 Involvement

Election of circle leaders

May

Facilitators

-

LC1 Involvement

Mobilization of Solidarity groups

May

Facilitators

-

LC1 Involvement

Developing work plans

May

Facilitators

-

LC1 Involvement

Develop reporting format

28/5/2014

CEO

Stationery

-

Review Micro-credit guidelines and enhance weekly circle membersí savings.

1/6/2014

CEO

Fuel for collecting circle membersí views and other stakeholders.

SACCOís involvement

Verification of proposals for Circle grants.

May

PO

Fuel

-

Information sharing

May-July

PO

Facilitators magazine

Stake-holders cooperation.

Proposals for sustainable IGAs at BIDA and Circle level

July

C/Persons

Stationery

 

\r\n

Basing on the above resolutions, we have planned series activities to be conducted starting from 28th May 2014.

\r\n\r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n

\r\n Date

Activity

Target

Resources required

22/5/2014 to 15/6/2014

Briefing STAR Circles on reporting formats

28 STAR Circles

260 litres
\r\n 2 reams of paper
\r\n Meals allowances

-DO-

Collecting Circle memberís views on Micro-credit guidelines and enhancement of weekly circle membersí savings.

28 STAR Circles

2 rolls of flip charts
\r\n 3 Masking tapes
\r\n 3 boxes of pens

-DO-

Verification of proposals for Circle grants.

28 STAR Circles

 

29/5/2014

Attending DHAC meeting

District HQS

20 Litres

22/5/2014 to 15/6/2014

Providing basic materials to STAR Circles

28 STAR Circles

18 rolls of manila
\r\n 10 rolls of flip chats
\r\n 52 masking tapes
\r\n 9 boxes of markers

MAY-JULY

Monitoring, evaluation and leanings

10 STAR Circles

100 Litres.
\r\n 10 reams of computer paper
\r\n 10 File covers
\r\n 15 Spring files

\r\n

These developments will require some changes in our monthly budget allocations, but will not change the overall budget for the first quarter.

\r\n
  • Our Vission
  • A prosperous Ssesse community in a conserved environment

  • Our Mission
  • Working with communities for sustainable development in Ssesse islands