Sep 4, 2018

Agape Christian Nursery School Construction

School Construction in progress
School Construction in progress

Dear Friends,

It is a great pleasure and excitement for us to announce: that we are almost completing the construction of the Agape Christian Nursery school in Koro, Omoro District. The school has clean water, too!

The school will support some of the greatest challenges this region faces- Education. Quality education is required to accelerate the country’s socio-economic development by making the population functionally literate and productive. Conflict and instability have plagued northern Uganda for decades, yielding severe consequences for the protection of people and their rights. Children and education systems suffer greatly from the consequences of war and violence, and the instability in northern Uganda is no exception to this trend.

Although education has the potential to be life-saving and life-sustaining, children and entire communities are being denied of their right to education. The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) was notorious for abducting children from schools in northern Uganda, which further impacts already-suffering enrollment rates and quality levels. Although the LRA has now migrated into the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central Africa Republic, there are still the issues of post-conflict in northern Uganda, and the region continues to suffer from the effect instability and violence.

Northern Uganda is ‘lagging’ behind the rest of Uganda across a range of development dimensions, in terms of education access, the conflict-affected Acholi sub-region of Northern Uganda fares relatively well. The poverty decline in Uganda has not been experienced uniformly across the country. In the Northern region of Uganda, for example, poverty decline has been modest at only approximately 17% since 1992/93. This is compared to substantial progress made in the West and Central regions of Uganda, where poverty has declined by around 60% since 1992/3 (World Bank, 2007b: 3).

The northern region has the highest poverty rate, highest annual average population growth, highest fertility levels, the highest proportion of people living in a hut and the lowest proportion of people owning a mobile phone. Quality education is in short supply in northern Uganda. Children and their families are caught in a vicious circle of poverty and ignorance. They are unable to break the shackles of the gripping poverty and ignorance.

Quality education is a major way to deal with this dire situation and that is why Agape Christian Nursery School is founded. Agape Christian Nursery School will be a community education Centre that will provide education to the vulnerable and shall admit children between the ages of 2.5 to 5 years, for a full day five days a week program.

Agape Kindergarten School will initially offer pre-primary education to 50 learners and in the near future offer primary education. We believe that we can break the cycle of poverty by building the minds of the communities by improving their quality of life through creative early childhood development programs.

We believe that we can break the cycle of poverty if children are empowered to develop skills, vision and drive to make improvements to their community. We shall find inexpensive solutions that are not complicated. We shall use low-cost and practical ways, using local resources, to bring about lasting change. We plan to open the school in February 2019. Much is still needed to support this school. We need to build a playground for children, purchase scholastic materials.

We reach out to you for support to get this school running for the children who are all eager to start learning. Join us on a journey of providing a future for children and see them explore their potentials. Please share this journey with your friends and watch how we shall grow together. I encourage you to consider signing up for a monthly recurring donation today.

Thank you for your support!

Sep 4, 2018

Forming an Association

Association
Association

Dear friends,

The Association is now registered and members are happy with this achievement. The Association brings together a diverse group of members engaged in several activities ranging from art and craft, beekeepers, dairy farmers, market traders, small-scale vegetable growers and members who are just eager to learn new skills and belong in an organized group.

Lucy who also just joined the group is a mother of 4 and sell in the local Laliya market. "For me am happy that I can now get to meet with other people with the same ideas with me," she said. "I have been struggling in my business and I am hoping that through this group I can learn new skills that will enable me to do different things better," she added.

The Chairperson of the Association, Johnson, shared with the new group, how the partnership with Karin Community Initiatives Uganda, will help them build and increase their household incomes. He encouraged members to attend meetings and ensure that they participate in all activities that the Association has.

" I am really very happy to see that at last, our wish has come true. For a long time, we have been training in group management and formation with support from KCIU. I am encouraged that many members have continued to attend these meetings. I thank KCIU for their support," Johnson the Associations Chairperson narrated.

As an organization, we are pleased with this achievement, when the community is organized, it is easier to channel support to them. In the last week, we have trained some members in making energy-saving stoves. These stoves are made from local materials including clay. We hope that members can make these stoves and sell them and in addition incorporate these in their homes. 

This is a clear achievement in our mandate to transform communities and make them more self-reliant. We continue thanking you for this support. Please share our stories with your friends so that we can make this world a better place. 

Thank you friends

Jul 30, 2018

In safe hands!

in safe hands
in safe hands

It is always a pleasure to share with you the progress of the work we do. Maternal Health still remains a challenge in Uganda, where every year there are 1,600,000 pregnancies and many of these pregnant women face the probability of living or dying while giving life. According to the World Health Statistics report 2015, maternal mortality is at 320/100,000 Matched with the poor health-seeking behavior (less than half of the Ugandan women deliver with a skilled attendant) hence the need for a demand-side intervention that engages poor and underserved populations.

Demand-side financing is a tool that is being utilized to improve the utilization of underused services among the poor and under-served populations by placing purchasing power as well as a choice of provider directly in the hands of the recipients (World Health Report 2010).

This is a different story for Flavia. Flavia was lucky to have delivered safely at a health facility, however, like many mothers in the rural settings, she did not know about the voucher plus services that we offer. Many women in rural areas in Uganda still do not seek the services of health facilities.

“I used to walk 12 kilometers to the main hospital for antenatal care and because of the distance sometimes I would skip my antenatal days. What could I do?, I had to attend to my garden too at the same time carry on with my small business selling groundnuts in the market,” she explained recently in Agonga. “It was not that important to me and I did not understand the importance of not attending antenatal care services”, Flavia shared her dilemma.

"This is my first pregnancy. However, when the labour started, I knew that I would not be able to make it up to the main hospital which is a far distance from my home, I had already walked many kilometers and was getting tired of walking. As I walked towards the hospital, I saw the signpost of the Karin Medical Services and decided to branch off to it. Within no time of my admission, I delivered a baby girl. The midwife was so encouraging that each moment that past, she encouraged me until I delivered. All the necessary items needed for delivery are at Karin. “I attended ANC (Antenatal care) only one time at the regional referral hospital leaving Karin Clinic behind, but I just can’t stop thinking of the services I got from here and imagining how much more I left behind. " Flavia continued with her experience in the clinic. "I am going to be the number one mouthpiece of Karin at my village in Cetkana," Flavia said whilst smiling down at the bundle of joy she was now holding. “ Expect more mothers from Cetkana. All my neighbors and friends should know about the Karin Clinic,” she added with excitement. “I was not harassed at all by the staff. I will come back next week to vaccinate the baby,” she promised the midwife.

The voucher system is aimed at boosting maternal health services. The demand side financing projects are expected to enhance and motivate attitude of health seeking, thereby improving health system performance and boosting facility deliverables as well as skilled birth attendance thereby contributing to the reduction of maternal mortality.

Expectant mothers like Flavia would not be served if it weren't for the support from donors like yourself. I encourage you to share our stories with your friends. I also encourage you to make recurring payments so that our services are not interrupted by lack of resources. 

I thank you for walking with us and if you need to know how best you can get involved, please do not hesitate to reach out to us, by inboxing us. 

Links:

 
WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.