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.
Oct 14, 2014

FCDE's Open 2nd Site In Uganda

AGAPE training progam
AGAPE training progam

Hello Friends and Supporters of FCDE,

We are very happy to announce that FCDE will be opening its second Ugandan program.  FCDE will be opeing its new program in Rukungiri, Uganda. Rukungiri, located in the Southwest of Uganda, was chosen because of the strong work done by local non-governmental organizations and the overwhelming need for support due to poverty and challenging social circumstances.

Rukungiri is a beautiful, wild location that is near some of the premier game parks and geologic wonders of Africa. Even with the natural beauty and resources, this region remains emeshed in economic and social problems. FCDE's work will first focus on supporting organizations who work in health and economic development.  Over time FCDE will provide support to organizations working in youth, education, woman's empowerment and environmental issues.

Funds for opening this 2nd FCDE site were grasciously provided by the Segal Family Foundation. Their support of this 2nd FCDE location will impact more 2,000 beneficiaries within 2 years. This impact will be felt through increased incomes of farmers and greater number of rural households receiving health services among many other forms of support.

In order to continue to provide support to the vital health and economic development projects we need to receive continued support from people like yourselves. For more information on how your donations support vital services through our capacity building work, please visit our website listed below.

Regards,

Eric Younger

Brick making project
Brick making project
United Herbalist program
United Herbalist program

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Oct 9, 2014

Partners in development!

Hand washing point inside clinic
Hand washing point inside clinic's compound

Dear Partners in Development,

Since our last report posted on July 2014, RRHS has been slowly but surely making progress.

Towards the end of August, RRHS received a one-time donation of around $480 USD from Mr. Sorel, an RRHS supporter in Belgium. One fo the main reasons Mr. Sorel made the donation was because of the opening of the health clinic (enabled by funds raised from supporters on GlobalGiving, thank you!)  

The money donated by Mr. Sorel was used to improve the clinic's hygiene system.  We are so happy to share that there is now a handwashing point within the compound (outside in the yard), as well as one interior sink in the delivery room. Moreover, part of the donation was used to purchase medicines while the remaining amount helped complete flooring and ceiling for yet another room. 

Here's a few fun statistics from the past three months:

  • 57 women received antenatal care services
  • 6 deliveries were performed
  • 30 community members visited the clinic for treatment of other diseases like malaria
  • ongoing community sensitization took place regarding:  1) the importance of delivering under the attention of a health worker; 2) the importance for men to accompany their wives on antennal check-ups.

While some of the community sensitization efforts are not immediately quantifiable, we did hear from a community member, Mr. Annestazia, who shared:

RRHS has extended a service that we have been missing for long in our community. ... I have not been accompanying my wife to the health center for antennal services when she is pregnant. But since RRHS health workers at the maternity center started teaching us about the importance of going with your partner for antenatal care, I have started accompanying her.I have learnt that I am supposed to prepare for my wife when she is going to deliver because I should also show responsibility in waiting for the baby. I have ensured that by the time my wife goes to deliver, she should have sterile gloves, rozer blades, cotton, basins, and clothes for the coming baby."

 

Although RRHS Clinic is running, it is still lacking a number of things in order to provide quality services to the community and to be able to operate in line with the Ugandan Health Policies and Guidelines.

We're continuing to seek funding to:

  1. Purchase more basic drugs and equipments in general
  2. Paint the clinic walls
  3. Purchase patient seats and furniture for proper medical storage
  4. Complete the ceiling that reduces direct heat from the roof to protect the drugs and patients 
  5. Purchase a refrigerator to keep injectables such as ceftriaxone, laboratory reagents (like widal), and a gas cylinder to provide power to the refrigerator in a rural setting

RRHS is struggling to mobilize for more resources to equip the clinic with the appropriate basic drugs and equipment for better service provision.  Please help pass along our story and efforts!  

Thank you again for being our partner in development!

RRHS and FCDE staff

Sink in delivery room
Sink in delivery room
medicines
medicines
Sep 22, 2014

Antenatal Outreaches Conducted by Local Volunteers

Health worker injecting tetanus vaccine
Health worker injecting tetanus vaccine

During the quarter June 2014 to September 2014, seven villages in the Ibimbo parish in Kyondo sub-county were targeted where 72 pregnant women accessed antenatal care services for their first, second and third time respectively in three different out reaches conducted on a monthly basis.

Pregnant women accessed preventative medicine, health education, and HIV/AIDS counselling and testing provided by qualified health workers. Local volunteer midwives conducted health education targeting expectant mothers.  Topics covered included eating a healthy and balanced diet to prepare the body for delivering a healthy baby; preventing malaria including dangers of contracting malaria while pregnant; and finally, family planning methods for both the mothers and other young women.

We thank you for your support!

Midwife checking fetal beat of baby
Midwife checking fetal beat of baby
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