Hello FCDE Supporters,
I hope Spring is beautiful wherever this e-mail finds you. Our Sping is off to a great start. For FCDE and our internship prorgam Isla, Spring means preparing for interns who will work with our Ugandan local partners. This summer five University students will donate their time and skills to help our local partners be more effective in their work.
Isla internships are a key part of how we enable local Ugandan organizations to better provide development services to their communities. Our interns will develop business skills, help at-risk youth or push forward conservation projects depending on their specific internship. At the core of their work is helping to transfer skills and provide needed support to local Ugandan non-profits that work in these impoverished areas.
We are pleased to announce a new partnership that will initiate this summer. Global Health Corps (GHC) is a US-based non-profit that awards year-long fellowships to individuals who want work interntionally in support of health projects. GHC will plaof pce two of their fellows at our Kasese, Uganda site. These two Fellows will work hand in hand with our local staff in support of 25 local Ugandan non-profits. With the additional support added by the interns and Fellows, FCDE looks to continue increasing the impact it has on the communities in which it works. The last six months has seen the number of beneficiaries we support increase by 25%. We have also increased the annual funds injected into the communities we support by 20% to over $150,000.
We couldn't make these dramatic changes withour support from people like you.
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.
Dear FCDE Supporters,
We are so pleased to be able to start sharing the stories and progress of our organization’s work. It is exciting because we have so many inspiring stories to share. It is also exciting because it means that enough of you have chosen to support our organization and our approach to helping communities develop and prosper. We truly appreciate and thank you for your confidence and support.
At the heart and soul of our work are the local Ugandan grass roots organizations with whom we partner. In each of our upcoming reports we will highlight one or two of our partners and their work. Know that behind the scenes, FCDE works to help these organizations be more successful through trainings, grants, access to our resource center and countless other ways.
Green Home was founded in 1996 by community members concerned with the lack of women’s rights, Green Home’s mission is to build the capacity of women to become economically independent and to live a sustainable life through strengthening their household income levels, gaining knowledge and skills of sustainable agriculture and resource mobilization. You can learn more about Green Home by clicking the link below.
Renzori Rural Health Services (RRHS) is a Community Based Organization (CBO) started in 2005 dedicated to providing health care and health related services to people in rural areas of the Rwenzori Mountains. RRHS works to raise local living standards by extending health care services that are accessible to the community.
RRHS has initiated construction of a health center and health lab. They are now working to raise funds to complete the construction and equip the facility. You can learn more about RRHS through the link below.
Our organization, FCDE, recently completed another two-day training for 10 local partners. Providing a series of six workshops over an 18 month period is one of the ways that FCDE helps develop the capacity of our partner organizations. This most recent workshop focused on preparing for, designing and writing grants to support their programs.
This workshop is particularly appreciated by our partners. After the workshop FCDE awards 3-5 grants of up to $1,500 each to our partner organizations. These funds are used to expand vital services, help increase the incomes of people living in poverty and strengthen environmental standards used by small farmers. These grants would not be possible without support from people like you.
You can follow the link below to see our program staffs’ summary of the workshop and organizations involved in the training.
I hope these stories and this information inspires you.
Thank you – FCDE staff and board
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.
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