ICA:UK

ICA:UK's mission is to enable people to bring about change in pursuit of a just and sustainable world for all. Informed by our values (shared responsibility, wholeness, a global perspective, constant learning, and making a difference) we seek to develop a culture of participation amongst the individuals, groups and organisations we target.
Oct 3, 2014

Getting going

We have just launched our campaign for funding for this project, waiting until after the summer break in Europe. The issue of breast ironing remains as relevant as ever in Loum, and young girls' lives continue to be affected by this cruel and ineffective practice. We are hoping that sufficient funds will be raised in the coming weeks to enable ICA Cameroon to start implementing this project with all the key people involved in continuing this tradition, using a combination of advocacy and education to change behaviours over time. In this way, the project will begin to change the lives of girls already affected, and to prevent others suffering in the same way.

May 3, 2013

Planning the next stage

Thank you again to everyone who has donated to this project- we are now seeing this stage as complete. We have been able to use your donations to train and support Living Well facilitators in the Coastal Region of Kenya, improving the quality of life of people living with HIV and AIDS. We also ran a stigma workshop which has had a major effect on changing people's attitudes towards people living with HIV and AIDS.

Recently Living Well trainers from Kenya attended a meeting in Mbale, Uganda to share experiences with Ugandan colleagues, to look at the context of the communities they are working in and to explore how they can best combine local activities with cross-country support and learning. These ideas will now be developed into a larger funding proposal, building on the impact made by projects such as the one you supported.

Thank you again for your help- and watch out for other opportunities to support ICA's work in Africa through Globalgiving!

Feb 1, 2013

Increasing collaboration

While the facilitators have continued their work with the support groups over the last few months, there have been two developments:

1. We piloted a scheme with Globalgiving to gather stories from the people who had attended the Stigma Reduction workshop by sending texts to a mobile phone portal on the internet. This worked to some extent, and we will continue to explore ways in which the impact of our work can be assessed. Reports we were getting back confirmed that the training had given people living with HIV/AIDS sufficient confidence to talk to their families, friends and neighbours about their condition, and to challenge some of the misconceptions that people have of them. 

2. We have renewed contact with Africare, the Ugandan non-Government organisation which was part of the original Living Well project in Kenya and Uganda, and a workshop will be taking place at the end of February 2013 in which key partners from both Uganda and Kenya will be meeting to discuss community needs and to design a joint project which will link the various individuals and communities that have been reached by Living Well and expand the reach of the project to new groups. The intent is to take the project to the next stage- bringing in other components to better suit the needs of the people and support them to improve their lives.

The facilitators you have helped us train will be playing a key part in this programme, enabling us to reach more people and to ensure that the programme is meeting their needs.

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