Outreach Uganda

Outreach Uganda is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Colorado and dedicated to helping empower Ugandans, especially women and children, to rise out of poverty. To do this, we work with village groups in Uganda to bring hope and improve lives, especially in the areas of education, women's empowerment, and self-sufficiency through job creation. Initially, our village groups help support themselves and their families through sales of paper beaded jewelry and other craft items. The beaders save money from their bead sales so they can then start own group or individual businesses to supplement their income and eventually we hope it will be their main source of income. Micro-cre...

Outreach Uganda
9457 S University Blvd #410
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
United States
3036838450
http://www.outreachuganda.org

Board of Directors

Carol Davis, Amy Valenzuela, Kenneth Andrews, Conchetta Robinson, Wendy Peterson

Project Leaders

Carol Davis
Michele Becci
Michele Becci

Mission

Outreach Uganda is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Colorado and dedicated to helping empower Ugandans, especially women and children, to rise out of poverty. To do this, we work with village groups in Uganda to bring hope and improve lives, especially in the areas of education, women's empowerment, and self-sufficiency through job creation. Initially, our village groups help support themselves and their families through sales of paper beaded jewelry and other craft items. The beaders save money from their bead sales so they can then start own group or individual businesses to supplement their income and eventually we hope it will be their main source of income. Micro-credit loans from their group's internal revolving loan fund provides additional help for the ladies to either start businesses or further expand their existing businesses to a level that will help them rise above poverty. As an organization, we emphasize to both our donors and our clients that we believe in truly empowering those we help. In everything we do, we seek to be a partner with those we serve so that they do not become dependent on us, and so that we do not take away their spirit of wanting to help themselves. We believe that income-generation of the women, and education of the children is the way that families can truly become empowered. But it is essential to take a holistic approach and focus on multiple areas, all of which impact the woman's income-generation potential. For instance, a woman must be relatively healthy to be a successful business owner. Therefore, we must also help a woman address issues of health. For many of our women in northern Uganda, agriculture and the raising of cash crops will be key to their income generation potential. Therefore, agricultural issues, water issues and even land access and rights become important areas to address.

Programs

Outreach Uganda conducts two primary programs in Uganda both of which currently involve 3 different women's CBO (Community-based organization) groups totaling over 210 women. We focus on the Acholi population of northern Uganda. Two of these groups are located in northern Uganda (one in the Kitgum district and one in the northernmost Lamwo district. A third group is located in the southern part of the country in Jinja but is comprised mainly of Acholi women who fled the war in northern Uganda during the late 1980s and 1990s. Our first program is our income-generation program where we provide product marketing, business and trianing assistance, including provision of revolving loan funds and assistance with income-generation proejcts for the women in these groups. In two of the groups, agriculture and the raising of cash crops is a primary focus of the income-generation efforts. In the oldest group in the south, there are many types of income-generation opportunities available. The majority of our women were living on less than $1 per day pior to joining our programs. In 2012, we are embarking on an expansion of the largest group's revolving loan fund program so that it can also be involved in making loans for home down payments. We see that home ownership for our women is key to their long term stability and progress. Our second program is a child and youth education program. We provide educational assitance of various sorts to selected chldren of our women beaders. In addition, we provide training to both students and parents on important topics. There are several different sub-programs to help the children: 1. Child sponsorship program which currently has over 160 children sponsored. Children are encouraged through holiday and weekend programs to excel in school academically and by being moral and ethical leaders in their classes and communities. 2. Scholarships for selected students in university or vocational training beyond the ordinary level (10th grade) especially for girls. 3. Girls' education initiative to help girls in 5th grade to 7th grade at our most rural location in Lamwo district so that these girls can continue into secondary school without dropppng out to get married. Once these girls complete 7th grade, then they can transition into our child sponsorship program and eventually be eligible for scholarships 4. Since 2010, we have partnered with our 3rd beader group's entire community in operating a parent run primary school which currently has almost 300 students from Nursery through 5th grade. As part of this partnership, we help provide teacher training, we have built two classroom building blocks, and have networked with another NGO to drill a well at this school. By uplifting the standard at this school, we are also helping ensure that the girls' from the community will be well-prepared to continue their education into the secondary level. As part of this effort, we also network with influential community members to help ensure that the community supports education for all children both physically by performing work at the school, and also in spirit by the decisions they make in their families revolving the priority of education in their lives. 5. In 2012, we initiated a character building program which is for: our sponsored children in all three groups, the 300 children at the northern Uganda primary school, and our women in our beader groups. We see that the development of good character and life skills is a critical component for success in business, success in school, and ultimately for success in life.

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