KEA COMMUNITY INNOVATION RESOURCE CENTER REPORT SEPTEMBER 2014
The donors and partners of KEA Community Innovation Resource Center (KEACIRC) through Global Giving have helped the resource center to extend ICT services and training to Kikandwa in order reach out to the most vulnerable and neglected families including orphans. KEACIRC continues to strengthen the existing partnerships so that Resource is fully equipped with relevant ICT equipment and partnerships that can mutually benefit the least developed communities using alternative approaches and processes for sustainable rural development.
The resource center has in the past months been able to help provide information to Kasejjere rural farmers on how to raise tree nursery beds. Some targeted famers have received first hand training on how to raise good nursery beds. The training was carried out at KEA Greenhill Education Center’s nursery bed using it as a demonstration site to facilitate hands on training.
Farmers got to receive fruit tree seedlings from the school’s nursery bed and were encouraged to continue to plant more trees of value that can provide food and later help to combat the effects of climate change by absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere.
The handing over of fruit tree seedlings was graced by the presence of a representative from the SGP at UNDP and the director of National environment management authority (NEMA) a government institution.
Remarks from UNDP Representative
He introduced himself working with UNDP represent small grant project (SGP), and thanked the Director of KEA for the initiative taken to raise the nursery bed. He thanked the community for the commitment being a wet season as many farmers are busy with their farms. He encouraged farmers to sustain the project with a lot of benefits as with environmental conservation more especially on human health that led to human livelihood development through sustainable was of farming and animal husbandry. UNDP works towards human development and support government programs, its long term benefit and encouraged farmers to take their time.
KEA, strives hard at addressing gender issues as key in human development as one of the core values of UNDP. youth are key in development, whenever youth participate in meetings learn, was happy of the school children he meet at his last visit and asked teachers to talk about environmental education to inspire youth to startup similar initiatives. He started participating in botanical gardens that why he ended up in agriculture. He asked the director of KEA to start up nurseries in schools not only in communities children may keep it as fun while learning and will impact on learning through potting and will love it. Learning is high at tender age and we need to build the youth that why the secretary general of UN is focusing on youth agenda and the government with the led from the president is conveying youth as the leaders of tomorrow and activities should be designed basing on gender balance and advised women to start vegetable gardens to get income due to their short maturity period.
Speech from guest of honor ED NEMA
She was happy that in the last 7 years the director was still moving on and the group growing bigger and the trees donated by NEMA by Dr. Aryamanya a friend of The director all this done for the future and present generation and leave the earth as it was, everybody who cats a tree must plant make it by law.
Sustainable development is based on three pillars; Environment, and if promote only environment others will fall or be stable, if environment gone pole become thrives as will affect the community. Second pillars is society is the politics, health, youth and people being healthy, third is economy based on natural resources in past people in Kikandwa were depending on charcoal, as well as in Palliser depending on rice were all trees were cut down for rice fields as used to get 10 acres know having a bag of rice as in five years will be dead with no food and poor managed environment were in Luwero were all trees were cut to plant pineapples, whatever we do must think of sustainability for know and future in line with the pillars , think of economy. He advised the community to start up community tourism were people can camp to generate community resources.
She advised the organization in whatever we do we should record our community achievements but think of sustainability, should stand (kwesimbawo) confidently and not depend on funding from UNDP, NEEMA, if the organization is gone they will continue to progress so people will be proud of what we are doing start small and grow big with a development goal of what we are doing not think of money but use the available resources with interest and keep learning.
“kwesimbawo” support one another, farmers should be firm and grow expand with bigger vision, network , be innovative and practice environmental education and be able to practice it homes and in our communities i.e. policy not throw away the seed, and been able to raise 1500 jackfruit seedlings, and 1 acre of pumpkins
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So we at the resource center believe that through knowledge acquisition is the only way we can move this community to fight the effects of climate change and later help them move agriculture from subsistence to commercial farming.
We thank all of you donors for the continued efforts you have made to put us where we are right now.
KEA COMMUNITY INVOATION RESOURCE CENTER REPORT APRIL 2014
How the Resource Center can make a difference in rural livelihoods since it was launched on November 21st 2013
Together with the donors and partners www.globalgiving.org, KEA Community Innovation Resource Center (KEACIRC), we have been able to reach out to the most vulnerable and neglected families in Kikandwa, include orphans. KEACIRC continues to strengthen the existing partnerships so that Resource is full equipped and partners can mutually benefit in the service in the least developed communities using alternative approaches and processes to ICT for sustainable rural development
ICT is important in rural livelihood sector with the majority of the rural population in Kikandwa depending on agriculture. Agriculture faces major challenges of enhancing production in a situation to access to information. The growing demand for agricultural products, however, also offers opportunities for producers to sustain and improve their livelihoods. Information and communication technologies (ICT) play an important role in addressing these challenges and uplifting the livelihoods of the rural poor. (John Kaganga Director Kikandwa Environmental Association)
Opportunities and challenges in rural ICT in Kikandwa. ICT is faced with the major challenge of increasing rural illiteracy and increasing population to use ICT technologies to address the challenges in agriculture, i.e. marketing, modern farming technologies, soil fertility, and soil and water management to boost the agricultural sector and address climate change. However, the growing demand, including for higher quality products, also offers opportunities for improving the livelihoods of rural communities. New approaches and technical innovations are required to cope with these challenges and to enhance the Livelihoods of the rural population. The role of the resource center to enhance food security and support rural livelihoods is increasingly recognized by KEA that opened up an Informationcenter in Kikandwa. This includes the use of computers, mobile phone, radio although it is a relatively new miracle, the contribution of ICT to agricultural development and poverty alleviation is becoming increasingly available.
Integrating ICT in agricultureThe resource center is a sustainability of small scale farms in Kikandwa that has contributed to farming to reduce the risks and uncertainties, with farmers facing many threats from poor soils, drought, erosion and pests and disease control, especially caterpillars destroyed farmer’s crops, new varieties, new ways to optimize production and regulations for quality control have been linked to farmer innovation to use locally available materials to fight pests, the resource center has linked farmers innovation to end users integrating, researchers and extension workers into processes that enhance productivity .
How the resource center has improved famer market accessAwareness of up-to-date market information on prices for commodities, inputs and consumer trends haveimproved farmers’livelihoods substantially and have impact on their negotiating position. Such information is instrumental in making decisions about future crops and commodities and about the best time and place to sell and buy goods The resource center provides daily market price and links farmers to producers and buyers. This is achieved through networking with all stakeholders involved in agricultural marketing
Capacity-building and empowermentCommunities and farmer organizations havebeen helped through the use of ICTs (resource center) to strengthen their own capacities and better represent their villages when negotiating input and output Prices. The resource centerhas enabled rural communities to interact with other stakeholders, thus reducing exploitation. Ithas widened the perspective of local communities in terms of local and national developments, to open up new business opportunities andhas allowed easier contact with friends and relatives.
Need for resource center and ICT informationIt is generally accepted that information to sustain and increase ICT information is spread over different individuals, notably farmers, research institutes, extension services, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). However, this knowledge is often poorly documented or hard to accessInformation on technologies is predominantly only available in hardcopy form or in stand-alone databases. Data are often incomplete or not compatible with other sources. Local Knowledge on good practices and lessons learned about innovations is generally not captured. Economies of scale can be realized through the use of shared platforms www.globalgiving.org, using common standards. Information should be presented in an appropriate format in order to be effectively used by rural communities. Messages through videos in local languages have proved to be effective. At this point in time, combining old and new media is most successful, such as videos of good practices, rural video coverage, TV and radio broadcasts, which all provide input for local innovation. For example, Mrs. Margret has documented her innovation and broadcasted on television.
Lessons learned and recommendationsThe social and political environment within which resourcecenter operate is crucial and supportive to farmers, Awareness-raising, developing functional systems and capacities of stakeholders are processes that require time. General lesson from initiatives implemented with care. Success is not derived automatically from inserting ICT intoisolated, poor communities.
• Converging of ICT tools for communication,• Increased use of computers to acquire agricultural information in rural communities,• Cheaper and improved connectivity for rural communities use social networks (Facebook,) • Increased recognition by resource center is importance in rural development based on lessons learnt, ICT can help realize the full potential of rural farmers and improve rural livelihoods: based on the training at the resource center and in the field. ICT should be integrated into agricultural as lead to support framers learning and exchange of information at various levels local and sub-county, linking rural communities with universities, research agencies through intermediary organisations, since the use of ICT in agriculture is still a new and rapidly changing area, there is a need to raise awareness among local leaders, and the international donor community on the potential.Conclusion Life in a rural area and users of ICT have reached primary goal of acquiring ICT skills. about 67% of the project users consider their household income to be average, This indicate that the majority of users are located in rural areas and belong to the poor families, in line with the ’ key objective of poverty alleviation working more with grassroots organizations and to increase the ICT skills focusing on communication and information access in rural areas.Of the age groups reveals that many ICT users are between 21 and 40 years old. This is not surprising, since agriculture projects target the active workforce in Kikandwa. The figures also indicate that 70% of the users are female while 30% are male. This is an issue of concern given that the majority of the rural poor are women playing a central role in agriculture. Illiteracy and heavy workloads are among awareness 60%the factors that inhibit women from participating. Cultural attitudes also preventwomen from attending meetings or visiting rural access points.Our 2014 Plan of Action is community capacity building! In it we show you how together we can help break the cycle of hunger, poverty and land degradation using ICT:. This year, using the ICT technology approach we are helping to reach venerable farming communities – Kasjjere and Kimanya Village whose stories are alarming. The donation will help hungry people in need, make a sustainable profit, while restoring and protecting the natural resources of our communities Please share our plan of fundraising September –December 2014 with your friends, family and colleagues who may be interested in helping rural farmers out of poverty. Also, we invite you to graduation ceremony were students at the resource center will be graduating with certificate in computer at KEA Community Innovation Resource Center.
Dear all our Donors wishing you a happy new year 2014, thanking you for your incredible support in 2013, our best year yet.
KEA is transparent and accountable on how your donations are spent, we value the trust you placed in us by your continuous donation to our project. KEA provides all the necessary information on how we spend your donations. Financial information is available here www.globalgiving.org and on our main face book page keacirc. In the two campaigns July and November, we raised about $1500 of which $120 was from members’ subscription and membership.
We have 6 recurring donors who donate to the resource center monthly, we really appreciate your generosity and we appeal to all other supporters to become recurring donors so that we can reach our target of 30 donors in order to be able to meet the daily expense of the resource center.
In 2013, KEA spent 84% on programmed activities transforming the lives of the people in Kikandwa region. We spent 6% on fundraising costs and 10% on stationary and our 3 staff.
KEA Community Innovation Resource Center (KEACIRC) celebrated the1st Anniversary which paved way for new programmes and the strengthening of our Organization. The cerebrations also marked the official launch of the Centre to National and International community, it was presided over by area member of parliament of Mityana North constituency,the Executive Director of Uganda National NGO Forum (a consortium of more than 400 organization), who was so much exited and amazed with the work at the centre, on behalf of his organization he pledged to donate a full computer set to the center in order to improve and increase on the activities at the centre. The same event was also attended by the Deputy Executive Director of the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA,a government institution in charge of environment management in Uganda) who also on behalf of the Authority promised to assists the centre, he cautioned the community members to use the centre efficiently and effectively, and thanked all the donors and GlobalGiving for the strong support they have rendered in order to develop the centre.
Through the scholarship scheme, the centre has built the capacity of 8 boys and 12girls to use social media tools such as; face book, internet surfing etc in order to get information useful to the farmers in managing their crops and animals ( increasing farm productivity), the centre has helped the community to access secretarial services.
During the celebration, KEACIRC held its first graduation ceremony in which it awarded certificates in basic computer application to two students, the first two pioneer students to graduate at the centre.
The remarkable progress made by the resource centre in just one year amused the community and the visitors.
Community members and the invited guests thanked the ICT trainer and the centre Manager for the good work done at the centre. The graduates promised to pass on the knowledge which they have learnt from the centre to the entire community. The two graduates;one is now pursuing a diploma course in secretarial studies and another one has joined Namutamba Teachers Training College for further education.
The Director of KEA was happy with the incredible work done by the donors and GlobalGiving, in a special way thanked the 6 recurring donors who have been donating monthly without which it would be very difficult to run the centre, he promised to continue to use the donations well so that, the centre can achieve a lot out of it, he appealed for more donors to donate so that the number of people benefiting from the centre can be increased. “Dear donors, your donations have contributed a lot to the poor and vulnerable people in Kikandwa, therefore we request you not to get tired of us whenever we ask you to join our campaign and help us and donate’’ $100 can train one farmer to become computer literate in two month,$80 can pay electricity power for one month ,$15 can facilitate 3 staff per day, each and every dollar counts a lot.
In September 2014, the fundraising team will build relationships with Gifts for Good Donors. We will request GlobalGiving to promote Gifts for Good in our holiday newsletter on Twitter, Facebook, and our homepage. Again this will be a great opportunity to us to engage with new donors to raise money for our project! Therefore when time comes we will kindly request you to reach out to you families and friends on our behalf so that they can help us and donate to our project.
Our main goals in 2014 is at least to add on more new 6 computers, have outreach trainings programs functional, increased knowledge and information flow on poverty and food security in the communities. This can only be achieved only by your support.
We once again thank you for your continuous support and for the donations which are helping us to sustain our Resource Centre without which it would be imposible.