Dear Friends of FCDE,
First off, thank all of you who expressed concern over the recent influx of refugees across the border from the Democratic Republic of Congo. There were about 60,000 displaced people who crossed over in a two day period about 10 kilometers from our program headquarters. Fortunately, it did not significantly affect our staff safety or the program work with which we are involved.
With this update, I wanted to share the progress of our organization’s ongoing education program. FCDE currently partners with 17 local Ugandan NGOs. As part of each partnership agreement, FCDE provides a series of workshops and trainings that extend over an 18 month period. These trainings focus on helping our local partners build their organizations’ capacity, develop better approaches to service delivery and raise funds so that they can reach more people.
Our staff works directly with our partners to assess what types of education and training will best help them in their development efforts. Our Ugandan staff works with our curricula development team to provide information and support to be used throughout the 18 months of training. Our partners develop skills in how to write grants, how to design and manage programs, how to integrate best practices of development into their work and other valuable skills.
We want to thank you again for your ongoing support of our work. We also want to introduce you to another of our Ugandan partners who are the real heroes in efforts to bring essential services and development efforts to the region. We are proud to introduce you to KALI.
Karambi Action for Life Improvement (KALI):
KALI was created to be a think tank regarding participation of the poor in social economic development and to also undertake effective actions and programs to reduce poverty.
With KALI’s gender advocacy program, KALI mobilized women of Kasese District to participate in and influence the local government decision making process. This has resulted in an increase of about 30% in women who participate in local council meetings and who compete for elective positions in the local councils.
As part of the awareness through theatre program KALI, has facilitated drama groups to perform forum theatre shows (community drama) in the surrounding communities. The forum theatre addressed the issues of poor service delivery and bad governance in terms of water, primary education and health. The forum theatre is highly interactive and is used to elicit open discussion regarding the issues the play focuses on, not only for sensitization but to mobilize communities for action.
You can learn more about KALI and our other partners on our website.
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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