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.
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.

Dec 9, 2014

Snow Rural; Community Development Update

A parent arranging bricks for drying
A parent arranging bricks for drying

Dear Partners in Development,

Snow Rural Community Organization (SRCDO), wishes to update you on the activities executed within the first quarter since SRCDO became GlobalGiving members. We extend our gratitude to the GlobalGiving friends who feel touched by the poor education conditions of rural Ugandan children and the efforts put in mobilizing resources towards improving a rural Ugandan nursery School for children under 6 years of age.

Achievements within the quarter:
Within the quarter, the nursery school opened for third term and it started with 87 children of below 6 years of age where 50 were girls and 37 were boys. All the pupils have successfully completed the term as well as the year. 30% of these children have been promoted to primary one, 33% to top nursery and 38% to middle nursery. The children who have been promoted to primary one will join the primary schools at the beginning of the year 2015 because they have enrolled for primary education. The children who have been promoted to top and middle nursery will remain at the same nursery school and new children who will be starting lower nursery (baby class) will join them at the beginning of the new term in February 2015.

The girls out competed the boys in class performance and activeness in class during class lessons. However, the boys out competed the girls in the out of class activities i.e games and sports.

During the quarter, the parents of the children at the nursery school molded over 2,000 bricks, collected 2 trips of sand and two trips of stones that will be used to construct the improved class room block and a ventilated pit latrine to replace the grass thatched and dusty floored structures.
The site where to construct the improved classroom block and a pit latrine was excavated and it is ready for construction. The community members are willing to offer casual labor during constriction.

Challenges:
During the quarter, children continued to study under grass-thatched classrooms which leak during rainy seasons. The classes do not have enough materials like desks to accommodate all children and are dusty which continued to predispose children and teachers to jiggers and respiratory truck infections.

Future plans.
1. Snow Rural Community Development Board of Directors, staff and volunteers will continue to mobilize the community members to mold more bricks and collect more construction materials that can be obtained locally like sand and stones.
2. The preparation of the site for construction will continue
3. The staff and volunteers will continue to mobilize the parents to pay subsidized school fees to maintain the teachers and to procure some other learning aids.

There is need for external support to raise funds to procure cement, paint, furniture and learning aids and to pay the technical person who will do the construction.

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

Best regards,

Snow Rural

Parents making bricks
Parents making bricks
Parents preparing mud to make bricks
Parents preparing mud to make bricks
Stones collected for the project
Stones collected for the project

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