Foundation for Community Development and Empowerment

FCDE leverages the knowledge, funds and direct personal support of global donors to empower communities to maximize economic, social and environmental opportunities, thereby reducing poverty and injustice.FCDE works to identify impoverished regions that have the drive, desire and basic tools to make positive, lasting change within their communities. By providing technical training, appropriate short-term personnel and seed funds, FCDE will becomes a partner and catalyst in making long-term positive changes within our host communities.
Mar 3, 2015

Progress report on A Ugandan Rural Nursery School

To our Partners in Development,

 Please receive an update on the activities that were done in the second quarter since Snow Rural Community Development Organization (SRCDO) became GlobalGiving members. We extend our gratitude to the GlobalGiving friends who have continued to extend their support to uplift the education of rural Ugandan children and have mobilized funds towards this cause.

 During the period of December 2014 to early March 2015, a lot has happened at the nursery school as highlighted below:

The nursery school started the first term in the year 2015 with 89 pupils (37 in baby class, 33 in middle class and 19 in top class). 53 of these children are girls and 36 are boys. 21 children from the previous term were promoted to primary one and are now studying at the neighboring primary schools. Therefore, the rural nursery school enrolled 23 new children (14 girls and 9 boys) in baby class this year.

 We are very happy that SRCDO received funding totaling to $467 from GlobalGiving through Foundation for Community Development ad Empowerment (FCDE) to assist in the construction of one class room block at the nursery school.

 The community members have burnt the bricks, measured and excavated the trenches for the foundation of the class room block. The community members continued making more bricks where by more 1,000 bricks were made to add to the already existing bricks. The community members have continued to provide causal labor for the success of the project. Construction will start with laying the foundation of two class room blocks but only one block will be raised. Another block will be raised when more resources are raised.

 The parents and children are very happy with the preliminary stages of constricting their school which gives them hope of having improved structures as one of the parents Mr. Antonia noted

“I now have hope that at one time our children will be studying under good structures and their health will improve with reduced respiratory infections and other poor hygiene and sanitation related disorders”

 Challenges Being Faced:

The pupils are still faced with the problem of studying under grass-thatched classrooms which leak during rainy seasons. The classes are dusty and have continued to dispose children and teachers to jiggers and respiratory truck infections. This calls a quickened construction process to address this problem.

 Future plans.

  • SRCDO Board of Directors, staff and volunteers will continue mobilizing community resources as our GlobalGiving friends continue mobilizing more resources to quicken the construction process.
  • The parents of the pupils that are accessing education at the nursery school are paying small amounts of school fees to meet other requirements like teachers’ stipend and other teaching materials.
  • We plan to introduce the idea of school gardens which will be parent lead that where different food crops will be grown for the pupils to start getting simple food at school so that their nutrition can be improved for good academic standards.

 Conclusion

Thanks to FCDE for linking SRCDO to GlobalGiving and the Global Giving friends that take part of their limited time to read about our project here in Kasese, Uganda and for their support.

 Please take a look at the photos attached showing progress of the activities.

A class room block foundation being prepared
A class room block foundation being prepared
Parents in a meeting to plan for construction
Parents in a meeting to plan for construction
Jan 13, 2015

2015 is looking to be our best year yet!

Training and skills transfer are key to our work
Training and skills transfer are key to our work

Happy New Year Friends of FCDE,

2015 is looking to be a great year for our organization and the work we do in East Africa. As the year initiates, we have strong plans for expanding the service area in which we work, significantly increasing the organizations that we serve and, of course most importantly, increasing the impact we have on thousands of East Africans who consistently face very challenging conditions.

Our new site in Rukungiri will take on its first group of 8-10 local Ugandan non-profit organizations early this year. Each group of community based organizations will go through a two year training process with our organization. The training, one-on-one consulting, access to a computer lab and seed funding all contribute to making these organizations stronger more efficient providers of services for their communities.

With these new partners and continued support for our existing partners we look to increase our beneficiaries by over 25% and to inject over $125,000 of funds into the communities we serve.

I hope that you can be a part of this success in 2015 by donating to our organization or supporting one of our sponsored projects.

To a great 2015,
Eric

One of our Monthly 2-day trainings for partners
One of our Monthly 2-day trainings for partners
Our New Building in Rukungiri
Our New Building in Rukungiri
An FCDE partner - Snow Rural
An FCDE partner - Snow Rural
Young Women from Snow Rural
Young Women from Snow Rural
A partner joining FCDE capacity building program
A partner joining FCDE capacity building program
Jan 9, 2015

RRHS continues to improve health in rural areas

RRHS continues to improve health in a rural community:

 Rwenzori Rural Health Services (RRHS), extends its appreciation to you for supporting the community clinic. This is an update of the impact that has been created in the period of October 20th 2014 to 7th January 2015 through your support where the lives of about 3,500 people have continued to be touched.

 Here is some progress and impact realized between the period of October 20th 2014 to early January 2015:

  • 61 women received antenatal care services
  • 8 deliveries were performed
  • 111 community members visited the clinic for treatment of other diseases.
  • At least 40% of the community members are now aware of importance of delivering under the attention of trained health workers because they can mention 2-3 effects of delivering without the assistance of a trained health worker.
  • 30% of the women who came for antennal care services were accompanied by their husbands which is a great improvement compared to the past where none of the husbands accompanied their wives to attend antenatal care services.
  • Community members continued to plan for the clinic where they agreed to pay subsidized costs for the services they get at the clinic.
  • A total of $590 was collected from the community members for the use of the clinic services. These funds were used to buy drugs and supplies and paid the wages for the full time health worker and other support staff at the clinic. This ensures sustainability of the clinic.
  • The clinic pit latrine was improved by installing a sato pan that keeps the smell inside and stops the flies fro entering

 

Despite the successful running of the clinic, a lot is still lacking in terms of purchasing some equipment which is beyond the capacity of the community.

 

We’re continuing to seek funding to:

  1. Purchase more equipment and materials like bed frames and mattresses because some patients still sleep down on mattresses with on bed frames
  2. Paint the clinic walls
  3. Purchase patient’s seats and furniture for proper medical storage
  4. Purchase baby weighing scale
  5. Complete the ceiling that reduces direct heat from the roof to protect the drugs and patients
  6. Purchase a refrigerator to keep injectable and gas cylinder to provide power to the refrigerator in a rural setting

 

Once these equipment are obtained, the clinic will provide quality services.

 

Thank you very much for your support.

 

Take a look at the photos attached to have the feel of what has taken place.

 

RRHS and FCDE staff.

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