Catherine Birungi is a woman leader from Kibuye 1, Kanakulya zone and also one of the 23 participants of the Training of Trainers community-based facilitators for the peacebuilding program of 2021.
The training was a 3-day program organised by the Peace Centre to sharpen the skills and approaches of community facilitators on peacebuilding, mediation, and leadership.
Before the training, Birungi was only a passionate woman leader from the ghetto with a heart to help young urban refugee women in her community.
She supports a group of refugee women some of whom have gone through very traumatic experiences like rape, and torture is still dealing with the impact of conflict; trauma, and restlessness and some need medical attention.
Despite the many challenges she faces especially with communication while dealing with women recovering from the conflict, Catherine desires to see them prosper and have a better chance at life.
Now with the training, Birungi attained skills in adult learning methodologies and facilitation techniques which she uses to transfer knowledge and skills to foster peacebuilding in her community.
She is now actively a professional trainer helping with the report and referring to those responsible while equally earning from it.
“I was looking forward to getting hands-on skills. I expect to change even with the work I do.” Birungi told the Peace Centre. “I need to fill in the gap with my community.” She added.
Whilst there are many motivations for people to become leaders, for Birungi it’s the love for her community that drives her. She desires to help many more women like single mothers and the young girls forced to have children they are incapable of taking care of.