the goal: rain workers in every state
Sudan has been a glimmer of hope since the coup!
Aktion Regen has been cooperating with EMotion since 2017. In spring 2019, Aktion Regen and EMotion jointly held five advanced workshops in North Kordofan (Al Rahad), South Kordofan (Kadugli), Al-Jazirah (Bakarat), the White Nile State (Kosti) and the Northern State of Dongola. 40 Rain Workers were certified in the states of Khartoum and the White Nile. A total of over 300 people took part in the workshops, 136 people went through the whole training: The need for knowledge about family planning is great. Our project manager is a very ambitious woman who, in coöperation with a Sudanese NGO, has already successfully completed rainworker training in six states in Northern Sudan.
“My goal is to train a group of Rain Workers in each of the 18 states in (North) Sudan!” The project manager also reports the following: “The course participants were all very interested and they recognized the need for birth spacing for improved mother health and the survival of the whole family. Only up to now they had no contraceptives in their list of medications, nor did they know how to use them. Everything is just beginning, the topic of family planning is completely new, as is condom use! Until recently there was no regulation for the marriage of girls. From the first menstrual period she was allowed to marry. Now child marriage is forbidden on paper at least… ”
Training is difficult in Sudan because family planning, reproductive health or contraception are not an issue in many regions; the Rain Workers must provide basic information. The knowledge of the 136 participants is currently being intensified after the advanced workshops and they are being prepared for the certification, which is expected to take place in January 2020.
Die Themen von Aktion Regen werden hilfreich sein, Probleme bezüglich Sexualität und Partnerschaft zu erfragen, und die eigenen Erlebnisse als Frau und Mann zu reflektieren
“During their training, the participants learn to overcome the taboo and to speak openly about sexuality. It starts with the explanation of the anatomy, the fertility of men and women and above all when it comes to contraception. The latter was new to the participants: pills are sold in pharmacies and hospitals, but cost the full price and are only available for married people. There are condoms, but they are too expensive for regular use. (…). FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), female genital mutilation, is also addressed and worked on in such a way that the women have access to the experience that they have repressed or split off. These women will no longer allow their daughters to be subjected to this cruel procedure, ”explains our project manager.
As a Rain Worker I took the opportunitiy at Aktion Regen to learn about Family planning and sexual/reproductiv health to save people´s lives