Asante and Zawadi would like to appreciate our contributors for the partnership we have enjoyed over the years. One of the womens' organisations namely Uganda Network on Law, Ethics and HIV AIDs Uganet, agreed to be host and mentor of the women beneficiaries.
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Land handover from ASANTE and ZAWADI to UGANET
July 30, 2013 in Ntinda, Old Kira Rd
In a joint partnership between UGANET and ASANTE and ZAWADI 2010 U ltd to champion justice and dignity of the abused and marginalized w...omen and Girls, “ a land project” was secured in which approximately 120 acres of land was purchased in Kayunga District in 2005. The purpose of the project is to settle women survivors of domestic violence on an acre of land each in Kyaunga District, to settle them in a model settlement and Use the model settlement to attract policy makers to visit and hear the women share stories for policy change. To achieve this, UWONET the implementing partner at the time on behalf of Asante and ZAWADI in 2005 carried out a land awarding ceremony at Mengo where 50 beneficiaries who are survivors of domestic violence were identified to receive land in the designated area in Kayunga . The ceremony was also to lobby and advocate for various stakeholders support for the enactment of the Domestic relations Bill especially through clan and customary kingdoms as well as to use the model homes and survivors of domestic violence to lobby the government to enact the Domestic Relations ill, by using clause 65(3) in the Bill. This however, didn’t not materialize as anticipated because of various hitches that include but not limited to the high costs of land surveying and processing of individual titles for each of the beneficiaries. The pilot project therefore, has been transferred to UGANET to take the mantle and try to harmonize the plan and implement the intent of the program. UGANET agrees to take over management of the resources vested in Asante and or their board members on behalf of Asante and Zawadi and to mentor some of the interested beneficiaries to take over management of their resources and to participate in Law and policy reforms together with other human rights organizations. UGANET further agrees to work with Asante to set up a system where various interested organizations may communicate, participate and be accountable to the beneficiaries, organizational representatives and to each other in an environment of respect for each others’ sovereignty and dignity of domestic violence survivors involved. Asante has officially handed over management of property vested in them or their board members for the benefit of domestic violence survivors to UGANET as in a memorandum of understanding reached between the two organizations on 18th July 2013, and an official handover on 30th July 2013 at the UGANET Kampala Secretariat at 3pm. This project therefore taking full course will help to strengthen the role of the law in settling conflict and its availability to the populace. This, UGANET will undertake as a fulfillment of our pledge to society to ensure respect of human rights and ensure that we all live a dignified life irrespective of our past. ASANTE SANA
Narrative Report October 2011
This is a great period in the life of our project. The women beneficiaries will manage the project with effect from January 2012. This will entail them choosing a committee and a Director from among themselves. Next report will be developed by the new Director.
Last period we reported that we had put up a partial house. We have not completed it but will do so soon. We are focusing on transfering the land into the women's representatives' names. The representatives wil be agreed upon by the women. After giving the women their land, we shall move to an advisory role supporting the women to manage and to plan the work and gradually disappear to let the women take charge of their own lives.
Some of the changes will be small while others will be deeply felt. The machines acquired and kept in the Director's house will now move to the Peace Center. Two women will sleep in the house. The office will be in that very house. The women will be agreed upon at the next meeting. Some women have already requested to be the ones to stay in the common house.
One continuing challenge is that our country continues to be severely hit by inflation thereby affecting the price of construction materials. We are also being faced with the effects of the recession in developed countries. We shall be updating you on the future of the project as it unfolds.
We appreciate your generous gifts.
Asante na Zawadi Narrative Report January 2011
Last time we reported that we had successfully completed the purchase of one acre of land and tree seedlings. We are currently putting up a house. We had expected to put up two bed room houses but we are putting up one due to unexpected purchase costs. Our plan is to settle about 4 women on the new piece of land as we try to send off trespassers from our larger piece of land. Below is the house we are constructing. We are yet to put windows and build a shelter on the bathroom. We shall update on how the women are settling in as soon as that happens.
Price increase of construction materials and the proliferation of trespassers on the land have been our major problems this season. Price increase has made it very difficult to stick to one Budget. We have as a result constructed separate units instead of one women’s learning center with five units. By so doing, we hope to get women onto the land as we go along instead of waiting around for the money to be released.
The problem of trespassers is very big. It stopped the women from settling on the larger piece of land. The trespassers-without any color of right started using our land, hence the purchase of a new piece. We have held a few meetings with the squatters and their political leaders. Their argument is that they want to use free land that no one using. We have also not established our boundaries clearly. Others of them are hoping that the president will hear of the issue and ask us not to evict them. This has become a security problem. We have handed the matter over to a lawyer for proper eviction.
Our next plan is to:
Please find attached pictures from the construction
Founder and Interim Chairperson
Report October 2010
The only activity that has been successfully completed in the last three months is the purchase of one acre of land and tree seedlings to urgently settle about 4 women on the land.
As soon as we encountered the problem on our major piece of land, we started scouting around for possible pieces of land to settle the first 5 or so women onto the land. We got five pieces of land but only one was viable. We performed a search on the land in the land registry and found the land authentic. When we visited the land, there were squatters growing crops and the land had no access.
When we brought the issue of the squatters and the access road to the land lord, he said he would be responsible to take the squatters off the land but requested that we pay for the access road. We agreed to his suggestions. When we got to pay for the land, the landlord expressed a change of mind regarding payment for the settling of the squatters. He said he wanted us to pay for both settling squatters and the access road. We got a lawyer to conclude the negotiations.
On Tuesday 9 November 2010 the landlord and ourselves had a meeting with the lawyer and agreed that we shall pay for the access road on condition that the access road will be on our title as part of our land. The land lord agreed to the condition of the access road and to the condition that he would deal with getting the Local Council Chairperson to sign agreements with the squatters but insisted that we pay for the compensation of the squatters.
At the time of the report, the agreement with the land lord had been signed and a deposit of 1,000 $ paid to the landlord to enable the landlord compensate and take the squatters off the land. In seven days we expect to have a final meeting to pay the balance of the money. The landlord will at the same event hand us the agreements between him and the squatters, showing that he compensated the squatters.
We shall update on the construction and how the women are settling in, in the next 2 months. The revised work plan is attached.
November 2010: Boundaries finalised
Plots allocated to 5 women
Trees planted and
December 2010: Construction of common house
Also training more women in brick laying
Train women in construction
Train women in organic farming
During this year we were able to contract a surveyor, contractor and tree planter. We purchased trees to plant on our land and we held envisioning meetings with women beneficiaries. Below is a detailed report.
We have been able to contract a surveyor, a constructor and tree planter. The surveyor has made profound discoveries about the land we acquired. The land we had surveyed is across from the initially surveyed land. The new land is better for brick making and habitation as opposed to the older piece of land that was mostly swampy. The new land, coincidentally, is where we put the foundation for the common house.
Although we had also started planting trees in preparation for the settling of the women on the land, we postponed the tree planting activity. When we visited the land after planting some trees, we found that some of the trees were found uprooted. The rest of the trees were returned pending the fostering of better understanding from the community.
The envisioning meetings with women beneficiaries were a success. The women were taken through a process to identify their goals. A governance body was also formed. As a result of the meeting, a women’s board was organized. The women are already working with the implementation team to make bricks and start construction.
Some of the challenges we continue to face is that the rate of release of money is far too slow in relationship to the rate at which women are forced to change address and hostility in the neighborhood. We hope that once we begin to get the women settled, the phenomenon will be overtaken by circumstances. We are continuing to deal with the hostility in the neighborhood by organizing discussion meetings in the neighborhood.
Our current plan is to start making bricks immediately with plans to start construction and settle at least five women by the end of the year. This will require speedy release of money from our donors and their funds managers.
We are grateful to our donors and fund managers for the recent $ 661. We would like to start an adopt a woman program in order to enhance participation between the women and willing donors. We would like to hear from you regarding this.
Stand by for the pictures in September 2010.
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