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Staying Well Together: KIU Alumnus, Sovereign Hasashya, Uses Lockdown to Better her Craft in Social Works


By Isaac Akugizibwe

KIU, Main Campus - Former Minister of Gender for the Kampala International University (KIU) Students Guild, Sovereign Hasashya, says she has used the COVID-19 lockdown to transform herself. The 24 year old social worker ignored all adversity caused by the crisis to start an organization aimed at impacting lives through social justice, advocacy, and many other areas.

Sovereign says that the that the lockdown forced her to think outside the box, hence opening her eyes to the time she has had to think and plan. She adds that through the process she was able to come up with the Social Workers Change the World Foundation (SWCF), an organization that would put her social work knowledge into practice.

"This lockdown really helped me to get time for myself and relax my mind," Sovereign says. "I have read different books from whence I got most ideas that eventually saw me come up with a non-government organization."

She says that the process of registration is underway and that operations will commence once the organization is fully registered.

"I am also looking forward to opening up a jewelry business in the shortest time possible," Sovereign narrates. 

Sovereign argues that most people tend to give up during difficult times because they focus only on the problem, and also that it is only those that keep a positive mind during adversity that eventually shine and prosper.

"I really appreciate my university KIU for grooming and giving me this great knowledge especially in the field of social work. It has enabled me to keep a positive attitude even in times like this," Sovereign says.

"I encourage everyone out there, whether a student or not, to develop a positive attitude and always have something for an alternative."

Sovereign Hasashya holds a first class Bachelors Degree in Social Work and Social Administration obtained from Kampala International University in 2019. She also served as the Minister of Gender and Equity, and the College Member of Parliament representing the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in the KIU Student Guild Union from 2018-2019.