Mpambara Cox Foundation

MISSION: MCF's mission is based on the belief that education and global understanding are the keys to solving poverty and to improving our shared world. Our multi-level approach involves creating community based partnership between the U.S. and Africa for global education and sustainable development. VISION: We are driven to increase awareness of the social and economic diversity of our shared world by engaging and aligning people through partnerships that promote intercultural understanding and lead to sustainable development. HOW WE WORK: We provide an authentic view of the world through linking and learning with progress as the goal. Through the design and implementation of partnershi...

Mpambara Cox Foundation
402 King Farm Blvd
Suite 125
Rockville, MD 20850
United States
301 685-3440
http://www.mcoxfoundation.org

President

Anita Mpambara Cox

Management Team

Enos Tweteise, Marcial Nasiima

Board of Directors

Anita M Cox, Bruce J Cox, Jim M Rotholz, Enos Tweteise, Marcial Nasiima

Project Leaders

Anita Mpambara Cox

Mission

MISSION: MCF's mission is based on the belief that education and global understanding are the keys to solving poverty and to improving our shared world. Our multi-level approach involves creating community based partnership between the U.S. and Africa for global education and sustainable development. VISION: We are driven to increase awareness of the social and economic diversity of our shared world by engaging and aligning people through partnerships that promote intercultural understanding and lead to sustainable development. HOW WE WORK: We provide an authentic view of the world through linking and learning with progress as the goal. Through the design and implementation of partnerships based on commonalities, we partner educational, faith based, youth and women's groups between Africa and the United States. Our partnerships lead to sustainable development for the poor in Africa and expanded horizons for Americans that engage in sharing their skills in a diverse environment.

Programs

SCHOOL FEEDING - 10:30 Porridge Program What we do: Our school feeding program provides a daily meal to children at school served at 10:30am. We focus on providing nutrition and giving the children an incentive to come to school and to maintain regular attendance. The porridge is prepared and served in government aided schools located in rural locations where most families live on less than $1 a day. How we work: Our Child Catering Services Group (CCSG) provides training to parents employed as cooks and provides a measured recipe for porridge production. Parents are program partners; they build kitchens and provide firewood during the school year. Impact: Increased enrollment by as much as 23% Reduced school drop outs by 47% Steady and consistently high attendance Improved concentration and subject mastery due to better attendance Reduced sick days due to improved nutrition Higher numbers attending school in the afternoon Parents encourage their children to attend school so they can be fed Program Statistics: As of July 2011 we feed over 1300 school children in 4 different schools, employing 9 cooking staff. MICROCREDIT - Women In Support of Education, Microfinance and Empowerment (WISE-ME) What we do: Our WISE Initiative is unique and strategic. Unique because in our spirit of partnerships, we partner U.S. women who provide seed money for loans with the recipient women in Africa. Strategic because the initiative is part of an incentive program that draws loan recipients from the school parent body in an effort to address the twin issues of delinquency and school drop outs. WISE was launched in October 2010 after we conducted a study that indicated that illiterate parents were one of the major impediments to children completing primary school. The $50 to $150 loans are provided after classes in financial literacy, submission of a business plan and completion of a baseline survey. The women have to pledge to keep their children in school and prioritize education in the home. We measure the attendance records of children under the WISE initiative to monitor compliance. How we work: The WISE initiative supports the Elsie Lushaya Women's Group (ELWG), a local community based initiative. ELWG forms peer groups of twenty women per group drawn from our partner schools. The women are required to attend PTA meetings, prioritize education in the home and attend empowerment classes in which the women learn about maternal and fetal health, hygiene, efficient agricultural methods and education. WISE is conducted in partnership with Women's Microfinance Initiative. Read more about the program at http://www.wmionline.org/ Program Features: Loan amounts of $50 - $150 (increase to $250 after 18 months) No collateral required Distribution through ELWG Term of 6 months Interest rate of 10% (20% annually) Successful borrowers are eligible for follow up loans Loan groups of 20 borrowers Weekly Support Group meetings Training, technical assistance, follow-up support Local Coordinators visit borrowers on a regular basis Head Coordinator provides weekly reports to our offices After 24 months, transition to 1 year bank loan of up to $500 which is 100% guaranteed by our partner, WMI After 36 months graduation to independent banking in two Phases: Phase I bank loans of 1 year up to $1,000; borrower provides 20% deposit, 20% collateral guarantee and WMI provides 11% deposit guarantee Phase II - bank loans of 1 year up to $2,500; borrower provides 20% deposit, 80% collateral guarantee and our partner, WMI, no longer provides any guarantee Impact: Increased household incomes, improved school attendance, increased parental involvement in school meetings and children are better equipped with scholastic materials. WISE has a 100% repayment rate on loans, the women are actively saving and are engaged in empowerment programs that have provided information on business, health and education. Program Statistics: http://www.wmionline.org/dataanalysis/profile/WMI-ELWG-Factbook.pdf CLEAN WATER PROJECTS What we do: We install water in school compounds to enable children to have access to clean drinking water during the school day. The program compliments our school feeding program. How we work: In partnership with school officials, we install water in schools that is to be used for cooking, drinking and hand washing after use of the latrines. Source of water are separated with the taps access restricted to cooking and drinking uses. Water for hand washing is collected in jerry cans and placed outside the latrines (outdoor toilets). Impact: Reduced sick days, Better health through increased hydration, Improved hygiene through education programs that promote sanitation (handwashing) Program Statistics: Water has been installed in four schools where over 1500 students and staff have access to water during their school day. Secondary School Scholarships - a Leadership Program What we do: We offer secondary school scholarships to orphans and vulnerable poor children that have attended our primary schools and passed the national exam making them eligible for entry to secondary school. The scholarship program is operated as a Global Fellows Program named for the local legendary politician - the late Sepi Mukombe Mpambara, Kabale's first Secretary General that was well regarded as a community leader that benefitted his people and Uganda through his political career and in retirement as a business man. It is his legacy of development through empowering people that the Fellows learn to emulate community service and nurture the spirit of giving back to their communities. How we work: We identify students based on their academics and with the recommendation of their head teachers and offer scholarships for secondary school. The global fellows attend fellows meetings 4 times a year and learn about leadership and discuss their challenges and are provided with mentorship classes. The leadership program exposes the students to other parts of the country, different cultures and a global education through U.S. volunteers that travel to Kabale. Fellows are part of a job skills training in which receive free computer training at the foundation's Computer Literacy Centre, and are encouraged to give back to their communities by going back to their primary schools as role models for secondary school education. Each student receives school fees, a blanket, mosquito net, a full school uniform, scholastic materials and a bar of soap at the beginning of the school year. Impact: A secondary school education Leadership in the community Mentorship at fellows former primary schools Openness to other cultures Program Statistics: Program was launched in January 2011 with seven pioneer fellows Environmental Stewardship - planting fruit trees in school compounds What we do: Because we believe the environmental stewardship should be learned at a young age, we plant fruit trees in school compounds. Each tree planting is accompanied by a lesson from an agricultural specialist who informs students about the importance of replenishing what we use from the environment. Children are then encouraged to go home and plant a tree. How we work: Each volunteer that visits our projects pays for a fruit tree and we match that with an additional tree that the children plant. Children are assigned trees to take care of, water and maintain. Impact: An increased understanding of their environment Beautification in school compound means children feel proud of their environment When trees mature and produce fruit, children benefit nutritionally. Program Statistics: Since 2008, we have planted more than 60 fruit trees in 4 school compounds U.S.-Africa Schools Partnering "Introducing the world to children at a young age through an authentic and engaging initiative gives them a sound introduction to world issues - an understanding of socio-economic diversity - and life lessons in compassion through empathy. It gives the next generation the cross-cultural tools to better navigate an interconnected world." ~Anita Mpambara Cox What we do: This is a child-to-child, teacher-to-teacher, classroom-to-classroom initiative that connects schools in Africa with schools in the U.S. directly through authentically designed programs that advance global understanding. USASPI also includes local community groups such as churches connected to African schools through their children's ministries or adult groups. Eight USASPI programs provide an opportunity for children to develop meaningful relationships with those outside the local school and community, fostering a sense of the larger world and how they fit into it and show them possibilities for impacting it for the better. Because we believe that the world is increasingly interconnected and getting flatter with technologically advances, USASPI is designed to provide links that form partnerships for development and global understanding. How we work: Schools in the U.S. are partnered with schools in Africa in a four year relationship that runs throthrough the following eight programs: 1) Elementary Diplomacy - pen-paling 2) Principal to Principal - mentoring in ed 3) Art and Craft Exchange - cultural presentations 4) Expanded Horizons - cultural immersion 5) Skype Meet and Greet - digital connections 6) Materials Support Programs - Backpack collections 7) Infrastructure Program - building libraries/provide books 8) 10:30 Porridge Program - school feeding program These are are highlighted programs. Please visit www.mcoxfoundation.org for a full listing.

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