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.
May 27, 2015

One block is constructed at a rural nursery school

Snow Rural Community Development Organization (SRCDO) extends its gratitude to the GlobalGiving friends who have committed themselves to support a rural Ugandan nursery school.

Since SRCDO received funding from GlobalGiving through Foundation for Community Development ad Empowerment (FCDE) totaling to $467, a lot has happened at the nursery school as highlighted below:

One class room block was constructed using the materials that the community had collected including bricks, sand and concrete stones. The funds donated from GlobalGiving were used to purchase iron sheets, iron bars, nails, cement and paid labor for the technical person who did the construction. Construction started with laying the foundation of two class room blocks but only one block was raised due to limited funds. The second block will be raised when more resources are raised.

The constriction of the class room block at the rural nursery school has improved the structures and conditions at the school where the children of baby class (3 years) are now studying from a block with less dust. This will the health of the children as one of the teachers noted:

 “Since the term began on 18th May 2015, no child in baby class has been absent because of getting sick with respiratory infections. This is a great improvement compared to the last terms where at least 3-5 children got absent every week because of respiratory infections. This is an indication that the construction of the new class room block has improved the health of the children in baby class and if all classes are constructed, respiratory infections can be a history at the nursery school”.

 Thanks to GlobalGiving friends for their support!

Please take a look at the photos attached showing class room block construction in progress.

May 26, 2015

Update on RRHS Community Clinic

Rwenzori Rural Health Services (RRHS) extends its appreciation to all the Global Givers who supported our community clinic here in Kasese, Uganda. We received a donation of $42 from GlobalGiving and this donation was a blessing to us because we were able to buy paint and painted the labour room in the clinic.

 

This is an update on our impact over the last few months (from January to March, 2015). Your support has helped touch the lives of about 3,500 people!

 

Here is a little more detailed information:

  • 47 women received antenatal care services at our clinic
  • 5 children were delivered at the clinic successfully; both the mothers and babies are healthy and thriving!
  • 76 community members visited the clinic for treatment of various health conditions
  • In a survey we conducted in February 2015, we found that 50% of our community members are now aware of the importance of delivering under the attention of trained health workers.
  • Community members were involved in discussions about future plans for the clinic

 

Community Involvement:

Our community members helped identify and designed a gravity flow structure that will provide clean water to the clinic and help improve hygiene and sanitation.

 

Additionally, the community started an Independent Savings and Credit Scheme to help needy patients pay the user fees at the clinic. Rwenzori Rural Health Services staff are now sensitizing people on the culture of savings and giving credits among themselves.

 

Here are some stories from our community members:

 

  1. One of the community members brought his daughter who was severely sick to our clinic. He said the following about his visit: “I was warmly welcomed by the health workers at RRHS Clinic. I was thinking that my daughter was again going to be referred to Kilembe hospital but the nurses did a great job to treat her. The nurses monitored and recorded the temperatures of the patient frequently and gave treatment at the respective times. I was very pleased to see a greater improvement on my daughter. She was discharged after three days. I thank the management of RRHS clinic for starting this health facility in this rural area. My daughter was well cared for and she is now fine”.
  2. The  daughter who was sick also had this to say. “When I got sick, my father took me for treatment. I was not in my senses when I arrived at the clinic. When I gained my senses, I thought I was in Kilembe Hospital because of the good looking clinic walls. The clinic had changed than before when it was only plastered. There is a great improvement in the way RRHS clinic looks compared to other hospitals/clinics I have visited”.
  3. Another community member also said, “In the past, I needed to sell some of my personal belongings in order to take my sick children to a health facility. I thank the management of RRHS Clinic which has established a savings and credit scheme in this community. Today, when I take my child to RRHS Clinic, I find it very easy to borrow some money from the community savings and credit scheme and I am able to pay the clinic user fees. Thank you so much RRHS for stating this kind of initiative.”

 

Thank you very much for your support! We hope that you will continue to support our efforts to improve the quality of healthcare in Kasese District of Western Uganda!.

May 14, 2015

FCDE Spring 2015 Update

Womas cooperative drying bananas
Womas cooperative drying bananas

Hello FCDE Supporters,

I hope Spring is beautiful wherever this e-mail finds you. Our Sping is off to a great start.  For FCDE and our internship prorgam Isla, Spring means preparing for interns who will work with our Ugandan local partners. This summer five University students will donate their time and skills to help our local partners be more effective in their work.

Isla internships are a key part of how we enable local Ugandan organizations to better provide development services to their communities.  Our interns will develop business skills, help at-risk youth or push forward conservation projects depending on their specific internship. At the core of their work is helping to transfer skills and provide needed support to local Ugandan non-profits that work in these impoverished areas.

We are pleased to announce a new partnership that will initiate this summer. Global Health Corps (GHC) is a US-based non-profit that awards year-long fellowships to individuals who want work interntionally in support of health projects. GHC will plaof pce two of their fellows at our Kasese, Uganda site. These two Fellows will work hand in hand with our local staff in support of 25 local Ugandan non-profits.

With the additional support added by the interns and Fellows, FCDE looks to continue increasing the impact it has on the communities in which it works.  The last six months has seen the number of beneficiaries we support increase by 25%. We have also increased the annual funds injected into the communities we support by 20% to over $150,000.

We couldn't make these dramatic changes withour support from people like you.

Thank you,

Eric

Local rabbit rearing project
Local rabbit rearing project
Goat raising project to support local youth
Goat raising project to support local youth
Our sign for the new Rukungiri Uganda site
Our sign for the new Rukungiri Uganda site

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