Foundation for Community Development and Empowerment

FCDE leverages the knowledge, funds and direct personal support of global donors to empower communities to maximize economic, social and environmental opportunities, thereby reducing poverty and injustice.FCDE works to identify impoverished regions that have the drive, desire and basic tools to make positive, lasting change within their communities. By providing technical training, appropriate short-term personnel and seed funds, FCDE will becomes a partner and catalyst in making long-term positive changes within our host communities.
May 13, 2016

Improving rural health services

Community Dialogue meeting
Community Dialogue meeting

                                                                           Date: 13/May /2016                         

Subject: Global Giving Report from RRHS –Uganda-East Africa.

Rwenzori Rural Health Services (RRHS) appreciates global givers for supporting the community clinic here in Kasese- Uganda East Africa. Below is an update of the impact that has been created in the period starting 1stFebruary 2016, to 11th May 2016; through your support; where the lives of 7276 people have continued to be touched

Impact realized between 1st February 2016 to 11th May 2016

  1. Women that came for daily antenatal services = 63
  2. Deliveries performed = 03
  3. Outpatient = 136
  4. Approximate Percentage of persons not willing to deliver in Health Centre, including the new village = 60%
  5. Income realized from Clinic, user fees, in three months is Ugx: 1483,750 or USD.449
  6. Income rose by the village bank and in circulation. The village bank helps members to solve immediate pressing needs, occurring any time = 1800,000/=, USD: 545.

Community members continued to plan for the clinic where they agreed to continue paying subsidized costs for the services they get at the clinic. The user fees paid are used for restocking of drugs and paying off monthly allowances for the Nurse, although it is not always enough. 

During this period, I am extremely happy to report that we conducted two community events. All events focused on publicizing the clinic locally. The December 27th 2015 event was a dialogue on the Value of educating a girl child and having a rural clinic in the area. Stake holders and people of integrity attended the function. The April 2016 event was about Celebrating RRHS Good Deeds. All this was looking at creating awareness about the existence of the clinic.

More still, we have created partnership with Rwenzori School of Nursing and Midwifery –Kasese-Uganda. Student Nurses on program come to support RRHS staff in promoting   preventive Health services. During this kind of exercise, Home to Home programs are designed to help rural based families. In this quarter, 60 rural based homes have been reached. During this exercise, community needs are documented. And will be shared with development partners on line and in practice.   

Despite the successful running of the clinic, we’re still seeking funding to:

  1. Facilitate Nurses during Outreach services in difficult to reach areas; taking Health services and medication.
  • Reason:

RRHS-identified difficult to reach areas, where people completely still lack health service.  And We plan to always take health services there on program

  1. Purchase Drugs /Re-stocking drugs
  • Reason: The user fees patients pay on Discharge is not enough to maintain routine purchase of drugs and payment of Nurse Allowances.
  1. To find a means of covering up the allowances of one Nurse for at least (12) months.
  • Reason: There is need to be supported to pay off allowances of one Nurse for at least 12 Months.
  1. Painting/ Vanishing the Clinic walls to give a good appearance.
  • Reason: There is need to paint the clinic walls outside to give a good view.
  1. Constructing a latrine at the Clinic for excreta disposal.
  • Reason: For reducing transmission of diseases.

                       The current pit latrine is in a sorry state.               

Once the above activities are successfully done, the clinic will provide quality services as expected by the Uganda Ministry of Health.

Thank you very much again, for supporting RRHS towards achieving its objective of improving rural health services.

 

Thembo Charles

RRHS and FCDE staff.   (See success Stories below)

                            Success stories: - (Below)

I did not know that suturing can be done in a rural clinic, by just a nurse.  I thought that suturing is done by doctor. The RRHS December event benefitted me very much; after being sensitized about all services done at the  RRHS clinic, I personally came to the clinic for suturing after a motorcycle accident. Surprisingly; the nurses sutured me nicely and professionally. Long live RRHS, Long live FCDE and Global givers. Said by Yokonia.

My name is Magezi, I have 14 children, and two wives.  All of them are not in school. After the RRHS April 2016 community event, I learnt that planning a family is good. One can have a baby at the time of wish. And one can plan projects where he can get funds to educate his children. After the RRHS Event, I shared with my wife, and we decided to take a family planning method of choice. With this method, we are happy. We credit RRHS for celebrating her Good Deeds day.

Take a look at the photos attached to have the feel of what has taken place. (JPG pictures will be attached.)

Community Dialogue.                                                                                                 

                     

Home visit
Home visit
Apr 26, 2016

FCDE 2016 Spring Update

Hello from the Uganda FCDE Team,

It has been a wonderfully busy and productive last few months.  In addition to our continued work with more than 50 local grass-roots organizations in Uganda our partner organizations have had a numbe rof exciting successes. 

Much of FCDE's work focuses on helping local organization be more self-sufficient in raising funds and developing strategies that provide revenue needed for them to survive and thrive. In this update we wanted to highlight one of our partners who just received a grant from LUSH.

Disability is Not Inability: Spotlight on Kasese Group of People with Disabilities

Faced with discrimination, isolation and exclusion, people with disabilities (PWDs) are one of many marginalized groups in society. When paired with a lack of understanding and the idea they cannot perform to the level of people without disabilities, everyday living becomes an oppressive experience and progress for PWDs is seen as an anomaly. In 1995, a group of people with disabilities came together to create a platform to dispel these myths. This group, Karambi Group of People with Disabilities (KAGPWD), works to uplift welfare and standards of living, while influencing decision making and policy in Kasese District to reflect the needs of all citizens.

Like many organizations, KAGPWD is filled with passionate people but often struggled with ways to grown the organization and expand their services. Concepts of program management, proposal writing and organizational development proved to be challenging. Ultimately, they faced the reality of wanting to increase their impact but not knowing the best way do so.

In 2013, KAGPWD applied for the Foundation for Community Development and Empowerment’s (FCDE) 18-month capacity building program, which focuses on best practices in building and sustaining an organization. Upon completion of this rigorous program, they became an official local partner organization (LPO) and continued to focuse on ways to bring greater sustainability to their programming. They applied for a fund within FCDE and were rewarded a grant of 3 Million Uganda Shillings to support a candle making, shopping bag and basket income generating project for their beneficiaries. After expressing the need to improve their advocacy initiatives, FCDE also helped KAGPWDs secure an intern to formalize a community advocacy program which concluded in September 2015. In the same instance, they received 8 Million Uganda Shillings from the National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (NUDIPU) to continue their sensitization of PWDs on the impact of HIV/AIDS.

Putting Capacity Building to Work

FCDE’s work in rural communities is indicative of the needs of many organizations that believe the work is valuable and can be sustained. Where can rural organizations go when they want to improve their program implementation? Or produce materials for advocacy projects? Or find out about grants or even draft proposals? Many organizations work in places that often lack access to power. Are these populations to be neglected?

We work to provide the solutions to those problems. Recognizing the need for operational support for LPOs, we run a Resource Center free of charge to LPOs to give them the tools to carry out their projects. Additionally, we provide free one on one consulting sessions because we recognize that learning is a continual process and we want our LPOs to succeed.

It’s great to see KAGPWDs not only survive but thrive because it takes a particular level of commitment to continue working in the face of operational, environmental and societal obstacles. Nonetheless, KAGPWDS continues to be an inspiration and brings FCDE’s support in the community to life.

Recently, KAGPWDs applied for the Sustainable Lush Fund (SLush). This fund was created by the Lush cosmetic company, a producer of fresh handmade products, as a way to create partnerships with communities and promote sustainable farming. Prior to partnership with FCDE, they applied for the fund but received no response, but after going through our program and participating in consulting sessions, they decided to apply again. This time they were successful.

LUSH awarded them with a £3275 (13,755,200 Uganda Shillings) food forest production grant to plant 100 fruit (50 mangoes, 30 marinas and 20 orange) trees and 5,000 environmental friendly trees (Casisia and Musizi). The grant will also help to establish a tree nursery bed for producing coffee seedlings and grafting of fruit trees for sale.

The money generated from the sale coffee seedlings, fruit seedlings and later from the sale of fruits and wood shall be used to facilitate community based development and income generating projects targeting PWDs and their families in Mpondwe Lhubiriha Town Council and Karambi Sub County, Kasese district in Uganda.

Moreover, LUSH introduced KAGPWDS to permaculture farming[1] and they have participated in a three day training with the Permaculture Research Institute in Kenya (PRI).

The food forest will be located on four of the six acres managed by KAGPWDS and will also improve the environment by minimizing soil erosion in the area.

FCDE wants to thank all of you for helping to make success stories like this possible.

Making Candles
Making Candles
Candle Making
Candle Making

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Feb 24, 2016

1st November 2015- 31st Jan 2016

Apetient  cheking her blood presure
Apetient cheking her blood presure

Rwenzori Rural Health Services (RRHS) extends its appreciation to global givers for supporting the community clinic here in Kasese- Uganda East Africa. This is an update of the impact that has been created in the period starting 1st November 2015, to 31 January 2016; through your support; where the lives of people have continued to be touched. During this period, we discovered that one more village called kisondo with a population of approximately 3,776 also benefits from our services. This increases the population that we serve to 7276 instead of 3500.

Impact realized between 1st November 2015 to 31 January 2016.

 

  1. Women that came for daily antenatal services ..................... 52
  2. Income raised by the village bank and in circulation ....................,Ug Shs 2,400,000/= USD 685.

 

Community members continued to plan for the clinic where they agreed to continue paying subsidized costs for the services they get at the clinic. The user fees paid are used for restocking of drugs although it is not always enough.

During this period, I am extremely happy to report that we received a contribution from the RRHS Board members worth Uganda shillings eight hundred thirty thousand one hundred shillings only 830,100/= part of this money, shillings six hundred ten one hundred shillings (610,100) only was used to purchase assorted drugs for common diseases to the clinic in order to serve the community well. And two hundred twenty 220,000/= was used to purchase a wooden board for safe storage of drugs.

In addition to the contribution from the board this quarter, RRHS employed two qualified enrolled compressive nurses to render quality services in this rural community, and to ensure that money/ contributions from the board and from the external community is used very well. The decision of taking up the two new nurses was following a request from our previous Nurse who worked with us in the month of November requesting to be relieved from work having got married and relocated to another place with her husband.

This quarter, we struggled and installed a small wooden signpost at the trading centre in Kisondo a newly discovered Village to create awareness and direct people to the clinic. The Distance from the Clinic to Kisondo Village is approximately (12) Kilometer deep in the rural where health services does not exist.

As a means of sustaining the strategy of paying user fees to the clinic, RRHS has continued to build capacity of the members of the SACCO (village savings Bank) to improve on their legal process, the Village bank is now a member of the District Development Network; the Bank in this quarter, accumulated shillings two million four hundred thousand in circulation, with 47 Members. On 31 January all Sacco members gathered to share their savings in preparation for taking children back after the long Holidays. Total savings shared had accumulated to five million six hundred thousand 5,600,000 as from 10th January 2015.                              

Despite the successful running of the clinic, we’re still seeking funding to:

 

  1. Facilitate Nurses for Outreach services in difficult to reach areas; taking Health services and medication.

  2. Painting/ Vanishing the Clinic walls to give a good appearance.

  3. Constructing a latrine at the Clinic for excreta disposal.

 

Once the above items are obtained, the clinic will provide quality services as expected by the Uganda Ministry of Health.

 

Thank you very much again, for supporting RRHS towards achieving its objective of improving rural health services.

 

 

                           Success stories:-

We have been spending much money for services that are now being offered freely in RRHS –Clinic. I used to spend thirty thousand shillings per week to monitor my blood pleasure, but now RRHS is offering this for me freely at any time. This has contributed to my health. Because it costs me no money to talk to RRHS Nurse and to know my blood pleasure. It is my wish that RRHS and partners live forever.

Hypertensive Patient.

Today I have realized that RRHS is not for profit making, but for service giving. I have been admitted for four days at RRHS Clinic, and I thought I would sell part of my assets to pay medical bills. But the nurse told me to pay only thirty thousand as user fees. (30,000) USD 8. Yet I have been receiving total care. If I had money; I would support this facility further.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

        

Apetient  being cared for by the facility nurse
Apetient being cared for by the facility nurse
members saving in the SACCO
members saving in the SACCO
 

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