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...
Feb 10, 2015

Our 2014 Accomplishments in Pictures

MLK Day 2014 - A Skype Session in Progress
MLK Day 2014 - A Skype Session in Progress

Dear Donors, Supporters and Friends, 

The first month of the year has gone by quite quickly, hasn't it? Before we get firmly into February, we wanted to share our 2014 accomplishments with you.

MCF is turning 7 years old in 2015! We have come a long way since that day in May 2008 when we started programming in Kabale, Uganda. Lessons have been learned, successes celebrated and even a retooling of the way we do things. The greatest lessons of 2014 was understanding what it means to persevere and stand firmly with those we are dedicated to helping.

We didn't get this far without your help and so we owe you our gratitude and we pass along the gratitude of those in the Kiga community that benefit from our poverty alleviation work. This year, we bring you our inaugural "Annual Accomplishments in Pictures" report. Look for a more detailed annual report to be completed and e-mailed soon. 

Thanks again for your support and we hope you join us in 2015 to continue making a difference through programs that deliver immediate impact thanks to our intimate knowledge of the communities where we work and our unique program design with stake-holder input. As a Diaspora-led organization with new partnerships and a reconstituted working team, we are positioned to bring greater change in 2015. But we need your support. 

Wishing you all the best in 2015. 

OUR 2014 ACCOMPLISHMENTS 

Jan - Penpals get busy writing letters on MLK Day
Jan - Penpals get busy writing letters on MLK Day
In Uganda - Penpals receive their letters
In Uganda - Penpals receive their letters
Jan 2014 - Global Fellows on their annual trip
Jan 2014 - Global Fellows on their annual trip
Feb - A new school year starts with porridge
Feb - A new school year starts with porridge
Mar - DEAR Day 2014 was all about reading
Mar - DEAR Day 2014 was all about reading
Apr - New library programs bring new patrons
Apr - New library programs bring new patrons
May - Peace Corps volunteer joins MCF Kabale Team
May - Peace Corps volunteer joins MCF Kabale Team
June - WISE micro-finance grows to over 850 women!
June - WISE micro-finance grows to over 850 women!
July - Team MCF hosts US visitors in Kabale
July - Team MCF hosts US visitors in Kabale
Also in July - Chinese students fund-raise for MCF
Also in July - Chinese students fund-raise for MCF
The Shanghai ladies visit US, meet MCF president
The Shanghai ladies visit US, meet MCF president
August - More WISE groups form for micro-loans
August - More WISE groups form for micro-loans
Sep - Yoganda (Yoga-Uganda), partners with MCF
Sep - Yoganda (Yoga-Uganda), partners with MCF
Oct - MCF invited to Peace Corps 50th anniversary
Oct - MCF invited to Peace Corps 50th anniversary
Nov - Our first fellows take national exams!
Nov - Our first fellows take national exams!
Dec - a 9-year-old dreams of desks for these kids
Dec - a 9-year-old dreams of desks for these kids
Dec - She fundraises and MCF delivers her dream
Dec - She fundraises and MCF delivers her dream

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Dec 2, 2014

A Reason to Give This Tuesday? Read Edison's Story

Edison (left) and Joram (right)
Edison (left) and Joram (right)

Edison (on the left) is one of two students for whom MCF made primary and secondary school possible. For four years, he and Joram (on the right) have been the pioneer secondary school beneficiaries and they just recently completed their secondary school exams! They are now headed to 'higher' or the last two years of high school. I have known and mentored both of these brilliant boys since they joined our program.

This story is about Edison; it serves to illustrate the depth of MCF’s reach as a community program committed to bringing change at  many different levels through unique programs that are solving the poverty problem. 

Edison was a primary six student in one of the first MCF partner schools in 2009. Orphaned an at early age, Edison moved to the village of Nyakijumba to live with his aunt and attended a  government school set on the side of a road. If you or I approached the school, a first impression would be just how dangerously it is nestled close to a thoroughfare that runs from Mbarara to Kabale town with cars, buses, trailers, and cyclists all zooming past the tiny school.

Edison, as one of the beneficiaries when the program started in 2009 with the commencement of a porridge program, was part of a 192 student body.  There was no running water in the school. The cooking program relied on ‘water fetchers’ to provide all the water from a stream about 1.5 miles away to cook the porridge and wash all the utensils. The water fetchers proved unreliable, sometimes not showing up when it rained for instance. On one such day, Edison’s aunt, Esther, who had been hired as a cook asked Edison to go and fetch water before school hours. He rose at about 5 am that morning and went off to fetch the water. By the time the school bell rang, he had fetched enough water for the entire cooking day and was in his uniform ready for school!

His aunt suggested the MCF pay him a stipend to provide the water. The stipend of $10 per month would help him buy books , shoes, pencils and a mathematical set. For the next two years Edison did all the water fetching for the program at his school. Edison worked, fetching water, and never missed a day, rain or shine. If necessary, he made arrangements for someone else to help him or fill in.

In 2010, Edison sat for his PLE exams and passed well thanks to his own hardwork and our help in providing him the support he needed. MCF, impressed with how studious he was, how committed he was to the program, and just how hard he had worked during the school year to pass the exams, offered him the first secondary school scholarship: the Global Fellows Program, which consists of a leadership training program. In this program, MCF works to ‘expand horizons’ and mentor fellows to help them break from their limited tribal borders and learn to appreciate the diverse country that Uganda is.

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Jan 2014 Expanding Horizons Trip for scholarship students to visit Kilembe Mines in Kasese (Edison is the tallest one) 

With “Expanding Horizons,” Edison has traveled to over 10 Ugandan towns since 2011, learning about 5 different tribes of peoples who differ from his own. He has visited industry centers, mines, Uganda’s parliament, historic sites, the premier University of Uganda, and will this year travel internationally for the first time.

Edson scholarhip student cropped.IMG_1782Edison at secondary school                

Today, Edison has completed his “O” level exams. Compare “O” level to Grade 10 at the end of middle school. We know his resolve and we expect him to do well. MCF will then embark upon the journey to ensure that he completes his secondary school and enter a university to obtain a college degree. Edison aspires to become an engineer.

This Giving Tuesday will you help Edison and many others like him realize their dreams? It is because of you that children like Edison have made it this far. Help us get them further. We need your support. 

Thank you! 

 

Handing out back to school supplies
Handing out back to school supplies

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Sep 24, 2014

Partnering with the Peace Corps for Sustainability

Welcome Kasia
Welcome Kasia

Having met the stringent standards of the U.S. Peace Corps as a worthy partner with creditable progams, MCF welcomed, with great delight, our first volunteer - Kasia - onto our team in Kabale. She will be teaching literacy (reading and writing skills in English) to P4 level students at Kengoma for the next year and a half. Our work in Uganda involves improving schools to make them more effective and having a long-term, committed and trained volunteer such as Kasia will make a significant difference in the classroom and in the lives of our beneficiaries (she received three months of compulsory training in local cultural sensitivity on arrival in Uganda). 

Kasia is not new to Africa or Uganda. She taught Computer Technology and English for four months in eastern Uganda at the Kaliro Primary Teacher’s College, where she also conducted workshops with the teachers on Positive Behavior Systems and with the students on HIV and malaria. Kasia’s experience, skills, and enthusiasm are a combination that will certainly benefit her students, the Kengoma staff, and MCF. We are very fortunate to have her.

Kasia is not your typical American Peace Corps volunteer, having grown up in Poland and immigrated to the U.S. at age 10 with her parents. Sensitivity to living and working across cultures comes naturally to her, and she possesses a keen desire to immerse herself in and learn from the people she has come to serve. “I love different cultures and being immersed in them,” writes Kasia. “Prior to Uganda, I studied abroad in Costa Rica for six months in 2011, where I studied Spanish intensively. I also backpacked through Costa Rica and Panama for two months before coming to Uganda. I have also visited Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua.” A 2012 graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies, Kasia’s maturity, enthusiasm, and warm personality seem the perfect fit for Kengoma and MCF.

At just 24 years of age, Kasia is not only fluent in Polish, Spanish and English, but also speaks some Luganda and Lusoga—language skills she plans to use to attain fluency in Rukiga! Yet Kasia’s passion for languages and culture are also matched by her love of music, travel, and socializing. “There are many places in the world that I dream of living in,” says Kasia. “I also love all sorts of music and enjoy going to live concerts in my free time. I love being in company with my friends back in the States and I love the outdoors. Camping, hiking, swimming, and discovering natural and beautiful places are my favorite things to do.” Her goals are to be totally engaged in life wherever she goes, which includes living a healthy, happy lifestyle. 

It is our hope that Kasia represents the first of a long line of Peace Corps volunteers to come, thus pioneering a mutually advantageous arrangement that will benefit everyone involved—MCF, the Peace Corps, and especially the Kabale community as a whole. It is a win-win situation all around.

Join us as we welcome Kasia and together with you work to make her experience valuable while helping kids learn in a new and exciting environment with a long-term U.S. teacher. Welcome Kasia! And thank you for your interest in our work. 

Kasia reads to the children in English everyday
Kasia reads to the children in English everyday
Primary 4 (Grade 4) students in Kasia
Primary 4 (Grade 4) students in Kasia's class
The children love Kasia
The children love Kasia's Games Day

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