Happy New Year Friends of FCDE,
2015 is looking to be a great year for our organization and the work we do in East Africa. As the year initiates, we have strong plans for expanding the service area in which we work, significantly increasing the organizations that we serve and, of course most importantly, increasing the impact we have on thousands of East Africans who consistently face very challenging conditions.
Our new site in Rukungiri will take on its first group of 8-10 local Ugandan non-profit organizations early this year. Each group of community based organizations will go through a two year training process with our organization. The training, one-on-one consulting, access to a computer lab and seed funding all contribute to making these organizations stronger more efficient providers of services for their communities.
With these new partners and continued support for our existing partners we look to increase our beneficiaries by over 25% and to inject over $125,000 of funds into the communities we serve.
I hope that you can be a part of this success in 2015 by donating to our organization or supporting one of our sponsored projects.
To a great 2015,Eric
Hello Friends and Supporters of FCDE,
We are very happy to announce that FCDE will be opening its second Ugandan program. FCDE will be opeing its new program in Rukungiri, Uganda. Rukungiri, located in the Southwest of Uganda, was chosen because of the strong work done by local non-governmental organizations and the overwhelming need for support due to poverty and challenging social circumstances.
Rukungiri is a beautiful, wild location that is near some of the premier game parks and geologic wonders of Africa. Even with the natural beauty and resources, this region remains emeshed in economic and social problems. FCDE's work will first focus on supporting organizations who work in health and economic development. Over time FCDE will provide support to organizations working in youth, education, woman's empowerment and environmental issues.
Funds for opening this 2nd FCDE site were grasciously provided by the Segal Family Foundation. Their support of this 2nd FCDE location will impact more 2,000 beneficiaries within 2 years. This impact will be felt through increased incomes of farmers and greater number of rural households receiving health services among many other forms of support.
In order to continue to provide support to the vital health and economic development projects we need to receive continued support from people like yourselves. For more information on how your donations support vital services through our capacity building work, please visit our website listed below.
With this quarter’s update I want to introduce you to one of our new local Ugandan NGOs, Bio Gardens. The Foundation for Community Development and Empowerment (FCDE) works with about 25 local organizations in each of its program sites. Local partners go through a two year process with FCDE that involves education, consulting and financial support with the intent of making the organizations stronger and more efficient.
FCDE's core work relates to the development and nurturing of local Ugandan NGOs. Bio Gardens represents part of a third cohort of NGOs that have partnered with FCDE. This third cohort brings our number of partners inthe Kasese District to 25 which is our target number of partners in a program locaion.
Bio Gardens is an indigenous organization with a purpose of bringing people together to conserve their land, water, air, animals and plants while developing sustainable ways to improve local livelihoods. Bio Gardens operates alongside the hills and the low lands of Mount Rwenzori.
Bio Gardens works to promote indigenous knowledge in the Rwenzori region by respecting the wisdom and teachings of our elders’. Our elders have knowledge and practice in agriculture and conservation that can positively impact communities when properly utilized. Bio Gardens utilizes a community-based approach for integrating indigenous knowledge in agriculture, health and conservation for the protection of Rwenzori Mountain’s eco-system.
Some of Bio Gardens programs include: 1. Improved health among the poor communities: The organization promotes the use of herbal medicines and nutritional. Communities are mobilized to establish medicinal plant gardens in their households. They are trained in how to produce and use local herbs. The organization produces herbal medicines which it supplies to the poor community members at a subsidized cost. The organization also integrates herbal medicines into modern medical services in Uganda.
2. Environmental Conservation and Food Security: Under this program, the organization mobilizes the community to use improved agronomic practices (organic farming) and to adopt new appropriate agriculture technologies to increase crop production. The organization promotes the use of traditional foods that have proven themselves to be nutritional as well as tolerant of local growing conditions. Communities are educated on environmental conservation, recycling and applying improved methods of farming and tree planting.
3. Savings and credit for the poor farmers: The organization mobilizes farmers to save and use the savings as loans to agricultural inputs and for investment.
Bio Gardens, like all of our Ugandan partner organizations, receives our services free of charge. Your tax-exempt contributions allow us to continue to provide these services and to expand to additional locations in East Africa.
This update from FCDE is full of great news from our work in Uganda. 2014 brings our programs into their 3rd year of work in Uganda. We are currently supporting 17 local Uganda non governmental organizations (NGO) in the Kasese region on the Western border of Uganda. Our work to help these organizations become more self-sufficient and and efficient touched over 500 Ugandans who live below the international poverty line in 2013. In 2014 our partners in the Kasese District will increase to 25 because of support from people like yourselves.
FCDE will be opening a 2nd program site in Uganda in 2014! The success of our work in Kasese and the great need throughout rural regions of Uganda have lead us to this decision to expand. The regions we are looking at for expansion are some of the poorest in Uganda. As always, we will be looking to find a location where local Ugandan people and organizations have initiated the challenging work of trying to improve their communities. Our work will be to help those projects and initiatives that have already been started, but need that extra bit of help to be successful.
Our next update will include information on the new site - stay tuned.
Again, thank you for the continued support. Our expansion and work would not be possible without your support.
We are pround to introduce another of our local Ugandan partners. Karambi is a grass roots organization that helps persons with disabilities find ways to be productive and gain new opportunites. Our organization, FCDE, works with 17 organizations like Karambi to help them grow, thrive and have a greater impact on the impoverished Western Ugandan region in which we work.
Karambi People with Disabilities has been giving those with physical disabilities the opportunity to gain skills and become more self-sufficient. Since 2006, they have been teaching students tailoring skills that will provide them with a trade for income. The program now takes all people, since people in the community saw the work done by Karambi and wanted to be involved. The program lasts 6 months and currently accepts 10-20 students at a time.
Before Karambi began this program, people with disabilities were begging on the street. After speaking to these people and doing a needs assessment, it was discovered that there was a low level of education amongst the community of people with disabilities. Karambi realized that they must teach people with disabilities a marketable skill, thus resulting in the tailoring program.
Kitambara Margaret began the program as a student in 2006, and now her high skill level has allowed her to become a teacher for the program. Margaret appreciated the low cost of the program and says it allowed her make the program a possibility. Margaret is now skilled in making skirts, shirts, trousers, dresses, and blouses. Margaret's parents helped her purchase a sewing machine so she is able to use her new skill as a method for receiving income.
Tailoring clothes has allowed her to increase her income significantly. “I am no longer a dependent” says Margaret, and she plans to move into her own home with her child. “Now I am able to pay for school fees. When my child is sick, I can provide medicine.” Margaret credits the Karambi tailoring program to her success.
In 2008, Karambi selected her to become a teacher for the program. Margaret was honored to be selected, and traches and inspires many people with disabilities. Other students with disabilities see Margaret as an inspiration of what they are able to achieve, while students without disabilities are able to see how self sufficient and successful people can be, despite physical disabilities.
Please remember, your gift to FCDE through Global Giving helps us provide training, computer centers, grants and a comprehensive set of support to Karabi and 16 other similar grassroots organizations.
We have also just set up a Global Giving page for Karambi in case you want to make a donation directly to their projects.
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