Dear Friends of FCDE,
I hope that Spring is beautiful where you are. May has brought a good deal of rain and flooding to our program location in Uganda. Much of our time recently has been spent working with and around the rescue and relocation efforts associated with the floods.
It is this type of natural disaster that highlights the importance of the work we carry out. Strong NGO networks and communities are much better prepared to deal with a wide range of civic disturbances, whether they be natural or manmade. We want to thank our partner NGOs that have been working hard to help the Kasese District in this challenging time.
We are proud to report on funding made to the KADYFA project in this newsletter. KADYFA is one of our current local partners who work with young women who are High School drop outs (usually because of unplanned pregnancies) to provide marketable job skills and employment opportunities. The following is a report from our Kasese site team Program Assistant Sylvia Kabugho.
KADYFA, Improved Livelihood for Young Women High School Dropouts (tailoring)
KADYFA’s project is progressing on well with the training of the girls in tailoring skills. An assessment to identify the most vulnerable child mothers to benefit from the project was conducted. A 1 day meeting with the 10 identified child mothers was conducted to orient them on the project. Four tailoring machines and tailoring materials to be used by the trainees during the training were procured and one instructor to train the girls in making school uniforms. Training is currently taking place Monday through Friday. A room to display the finished products made by the trainees for marketing purposes was hired. Ten child mothers are undergoing training in different tailoring skills including making school uniforms, bitenge attires for women and men and other female wear (dresses, skirts and gowns). The products that are made by the trainees are being sold and the money from the sales has been used to buy additional training materials. KADYFA got a contract for the trainees to make school uniforms for a school in Bughoye Sub County. The girls are very active and enthusiastic with the training they are getting.
In other news, FCDE continues to recruit interns and volunteers from the developed world to provide support to our Ugandan Partner Organizations. FCDE's work includes transferring skills and building capacity of our Partner Organizations. Interns and volunteers play an integral role in making this type of development possible and sustainable. If you know anyone who would benefit from this type of opportunity, they can learn more about it at www.isla-serve.org.
Again, thank you for your continued support.
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