The Holiday season is here and we at KEACIRC would first and foremost like to wish all our esteemed donors happy holidays.
At the center we are now starting our holiday programs after a long school period and we are targeting holiday makers and students during this festive season. Many students are now enrolling for the holiday programs slated to start after the Christmas session.
Most of our staff are busy visiting homes looking to recruit new students to be trained in ICT and most parents have now seen the value of attaining basic training through our center.
All computers have been upgraded to meet new technology needs and this was done by the ICT manager. The resource center will also be used a venue to recruit farmers to join the Eco system Based Adaptation for Food security Assembly in Kikandwa sub county since out director is now the advisor of the assembly.
Here farmers will be trained on how to adapt to the ever changing weather pattern making them resilient to the effects of climate change. This is necessary and is critical as leaders at the COP21 have guidelines to move away from fossil fuels to adopt renewable energy sources of energy.
We thank all of you who have stood by this all this time long.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
KEA CIRC Management
Since we moved in our new offices in July 2015, we have accomplished a lot. I continue to believe that we can achieve so much more for the community around us.
Being located in rural Kikandwa, the resource center is situated within a context which is essentially different from any study of ICT use in a developed context. Everyday more and more people are appreciating the work that it has done to transform the community faced with challenges of poverty, gender inequality, HIV/Aids, and lack of access to even basic resources such as electricity. Our resource center shows that the creative use of ICTs and facilitation of existing structures and resources can improve people’s means of communication, with positive effect on their livelihood as well as their participation in public life.
It is now a center that is helping people (youths, children, men and women) to apply for the Pollination project seed grants. So far it has helped two successful grantees all of whom were helped by the resource center manager. The resource center team is now teaching people how to write grant proposals and use ICT to the betterment of their lives.
KEA CIRC is scaling up the access and use of ICT to fit the rural settings by providing material that is most needed by the rural community. Proposals pertaining to agriculture, gender disparities, health, climate change and community development are being developed to help the resource center meet its vision and objectives while helping the community achieve change in their lives.
The center wants to bridge the gap between the use of ICT in rural and urban areas. Actors in rural areas particularly stress access to agricultural and health related information, improved communication within the community, and confidence building, actors in urban areas are more focused on engendering ICT policies, podcast and video as means to share experiences, and the role of internet as a platform for communication, networking and online visibility. Whereas in Kikandwa ICT use is dominated by conventional media, the position of ICT in capacity building both in the form of training, knowledge and experience sharing needs to be emphasized. We are glad that the resource center is moving towards this goal.
We continue to appreciate the role that you have done in making our services happen in the community. We thank you for the love and belief in our cause of extending ICT services to the people of Kikandwa Sub County. As the management of KEA CIRC, we lack appropriate words to thank you our precious donors for sacrificing you hard earned money to make the center a reality. We would also like to thank global giving for sharing a platform where ideas can be transformed into reality; KEA CIRC was an idea and is now a reality.
Thank you our lovely donors that have driven us this far.
KEACIRC is thrilled to proclaim that our former graduate Nakitto Betty and the head of ICT at the resource center Mr. Seruzi Alexander are concluding the water and sanitation hygiene project that was funded by The Pollination Project. Kasejjere community had only one water access point that is a spring well that was serving the whole community. This is no longer the case as the community hand dug well is now fully operational.
It has made an instant impact in society as it has saved women and children from the daunting task of traveling almost 1 km to and fro to fetch water downhill which was not very safe for domestic use. Several workshops and meetings have been held to sensitize people about water and environmental resources management issues, improved personal hygiene behaviour, domestic and environmental sanitation practices focusing on children and women through increased and improved access to quantity and quality water supply and sanitation infrastructures.
The management of the resource center takes pride in their initiative to avail safe water and improve sanitation practices in the village; “it’s great to see that they (Nakitto and Alex) are shifting from their professional fields of study to focus on community development issues. We thank you for the gift of the new well and request that you identify more pressing issues in the community to address.” remarked one of the workshop participants.
Although the management of the resource center successfully managed to construct new premises for KEA CIRC, we are still faced with a challenge of installing an electricity connection at the premises. This has halted almost the services we used to provide at the center. We are tirelessly working had to get are a connection to electricity but are still financially challenged. We continuously call on you our beloved donors to help the resource center get access to electricity.
In conclusion, we also like to thank the management of Global giving that is continuously giving us a platform to reach out to the community through various projects that we have implemented on ground.