Welcome to the third edition of the AYLF-Uganda Newsletter for the year 2022.
Our theme for this edition is “Building Resilience”. The last 2 years have been quite harsh especially for
young people in Uganda. The Pandemic, Global wars and the resultant economic crisis, disruptions in education and businesses have left the young people in this country disproportionately affected. Young leaders find themselves responsible for a more disillusioned, sad, anxious and discouraged young population in and out of institutions of higher learning. More than ever, the young people need an infusion of hope and encouragement to be able to; Bounce back after the difficult times, deal with challenges with their heads held up, give things a go and continue trying their best, be strong on the inside and be able to cope with what life has thrown at them. The ability to bounce back from setbacks is often described as the difference between successful and unsuccessful people. Resilience has been shown to positively influence work satisfaction and engagement, as well as overall well-being, and can lower depression levels. There is evidence that resilience can help protect us from physical illness. Jaeda Dewalt stated, “When we learn how to become resilient, we learn how to embrace the beautifully broad spectrum of the human experience.” We hope that the words shared here from both our mentors and young leaders will help us adapt and bounce back stronger in every area we need to build Resilience.
By David Gatete
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