May 4, 2018

Build School for 300 Students

Build School for 300 Students inKasejjere Village Kikandwa Subcounty Mityana –Uganda

 

KEA is journey underway of fulfilling its plans to build four classrooms block and teachers’ offices to provide a favorable learning environment for 300 vulnerable students  in Kasejjere Village

John Kaganga

The school term started in February 2018 when the pupils and teachers reported back ready for the year 2018. The school program is going on well and the pupils have started well with most of them reporting after the December-January holiday.  As earlier mentioned, 22 candidates did their final exams in November last year 2017, and all of them were admitted to secondary schools in February 2018.  Although the performance was not very good, they all managed to go to secondary schools.  We are happy that some of them were lucky to get scholarships from different well-wishers, government and now already in school; we have managed to give annual scholarships to the most vulnerable children in the community.  Together with our partners through GlobalGiving (www.globalgiving.org) ,We have also managed to support feeding program in the school and we remain optimistic that we will get enough funds to continue supporting this noble initiative.  

We have also re-established school garden project to produce some vegetables to supplement the nutrition, it is very wet at the moment, and we hope the weather will continue to support the school farms from March, April to May.  The pupils prepared the garden for planting.  We hope they will manage to do some crop watering as they are planning to do so if rains fail.  The pupils are very determined and we wish them all the best, our feeding program in Green hill primary school, has been very successful initiative which attracted many children in the school and maintained them there thus benefiting with the education. 

We are also happy to report that construction is going on well and will be benefit to children and community.  Our effort if finish up the Construction this year, the classroom to be ready for use.  The classroom construction is funded by individual through a GlobalGiving platform and we take this opportunity to express our gratitude to everybody who has contributed towards the success of the community.  With the contribution received though GlobalGiving community, we have been able to support the construction and we will continue supporting the work, as we continue fundraising. We remain optimistic that we will have enough funds to continue supporting the work. We thank all the well-wishers for their kind support and I encourage them to consider supporting finishing of the block. We invite all well-wishers to consider supporting this noble project to improve conducive learning environment for the pupils.  We are happy that the community is seriously considering educating girl child after a long campaign.  The school now has many girls unlike there before where only few girls used to go to school.  We continue encouraging the parents to continue with the same spirit and more so encourage those who are still not into educating girl child. 

Thank you again for those who have supported this project and welcome many more to join hands towards this project. We are happy to inform our partners that admission more new students in this year which is a very positive move. The school had improved in appearance after construction began of new classrooms and also the number of students has increased therefore giving the community much hope.

The well near the school has been very effective and especially during the dry periods, it has been very effective to the school and the neighboring communities and this has also contributed to the success of the school The school population has increased this year and the earlier plan of building more temporally classrooms and providing desks is still very ideal. The school management decided to construct a temporary classroom in January this year after school enrolled more pupils. They are organizing for a fundraising to source funds for putting up more classrooms.

Scholarship program.

We have just concluded conducting monitoring and evaluation on our school project and we are happy to report that these projects are promising. We made follow up on performances of the scholarship beneficiaries and the progress to this far is good. We have realized that these beneficiaries are doing will in their class work and the absenteeism has really reduced unlike before when we had so many beneficiaries missing school. The teachers were really pushing us to increase the number of beneficiaries but due to limited resources at the moment we cannot increase the number. At the moment we are organizing a visit with our partner in June where they will visit the beneficiary’s homes and have a session with them and their parents. These visits are important as we shall be able to discuss the challenges facing these families as well as encouraging parents to ensure that they provide learning materials and uniforms to their children once they receive scholarship money

Challenges

 Progressing on well with challenges here and there but the community is coping with them since they don’t have much to do.  School management is trying its best to support the pupils in one way or the other and one positive change made is to keep pupils in school most of the time. 

It has been discovered that absenteeism in school has really reduced and parents are encouraging their children to be in school during school days.  It has also been noted that scholarship beneficiaries have improved in their performances and this has been taken seriously by the well-wishers and they are very happy and willing to continue providing scholarships to these needy children and their parents there is need for more support.

 

Plan

There is also a plan to add more story gardens in the school as it has proved to do well and help the community to learn more and gain skills on more vegetables production.  Once they have reliable source of water they will add more to create room for communities to continue learning and also to supply them with vegetables to improve their diets and selling surplus if any to other members of the community to meet their other basic needs. 

Thank you again for all those who are kindly contributing their resources to support these needy children and the community. Thank you all for the continued support.

Through this project we hope that classrooms will be constructed to ensure all the pupils are in a good learning environment.  Pupils and community could not believe their eyes after reporting back to school after January as construction is going on the construction of the classrooms is still going on and they will also benefit from roof water harvesting for clean water access which will provide clean drinking water for the school community and the neighboring community. 

Temporary buildings

The project has benefited pupils in a great way, they no longer have lessons under the trees, but they sit comfortably in their classrooms. We habilitated 7 classrooms in total. From the last We believe education is the key to success, and we look forward to ensure the school has required facilities, like classrooms, teachers office, library and store office in collaboration with our donors. We are hoping to get more funds to finish the constructed block and buy more desks for the pupils. It is our hope that we shall finish the construction in 2018, and embark on other activities within the school in 2019.  Building of classrooms for learners will not only increase enrollment and retention of the learners in school but also increase their chances to join secondary education like their counterparts in other regions and possibly access tertiary education. With this prospect the learners are therefore poised to make significant changes in the social status and the community in general.

We thank our donors for their kind support.


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Feb 2, 2018

Looking back to move forward

Looking back to move forward

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On behalf of Kikandwa Environmenta Association (KEA) , families in Uganda, staff, can I express my sincere ‘thank you’ for your support in 2017, KEA has been not only my passion but my mission for the past  years and I am truly inspired by all that we have accomplished,  YOU!! (international partners) have  assisted our community to grow in ways I never thought I could, simply (and not so simply), by realizing all the little ways that you and I can actually step by step change situations we want to see change!

2017, was a year of transition – and new beginnings, for both the world as well as us here at Kikandwa community. We’ve seen so many catastrophic events take place, threats , needless violence, and more – reinforcing the need for us all to come together and do more to help one another allowing us to assist families in some of the poorest community to provide a better future for themselves and their children.

Thanks to your support, we have been able to help small-scale farming households across the communities to grow a wide variety of new, better quality crops on their land, this was achieved through farmer training, farmer to farmer visits and use of community library at Kikandwa community Innovation Resource center.

We have assisted farm families to produce goods that they can sell to earn an income, and have helped farming families to earn more than they did in the past through trainings. Communities witnessed the worst food crisis in generations during first quarter 2017 (January-May). This provided a sharp reminder that many challenges remain however. We are committed to tackling these challenges, and with your support will do so with new vigor and dedication, in 2018.

This growth has been a result of reflection, consultations and discussions by individuals and organizational. Our adequate words to thank our partners who have always stood willing to support the organisation in its road to self-reliance. The contribution support the work of the organisation is based on a spirit of volunteerism through www.globalgiving.org .  Our international Volunteers scattered in all corners of the world give in resources both in various ways, be it time, social and financial terms.  RWI is indeed very grateful for their work

 

 

Indeed is very appreciative for the support of The Million Person Project for funding my trip to Bonni cop23, If there is anything at all that we have achieved in years, it is no other than the efforts to publicize and representing KEA to the international community.

Much thanks to my host family in Germany, to care of me, feeding, transportation, bedding, and we had a lot of fun around home and Bonni. The family introduced me to many friends in Germany guided my stay and loved me so much

 Community Development

The process of community development has been facilitated on aspirations of the organization to contribute to an inclusive world and the improvement of the livelihoods of the people in community outlined in the plan achievements and adjustments based on key issues arising from various learning processes within the programme in the past, most important on development issues challenging in improving livelihoods of the rural women and children directly support to individuals, We hope to invest more in organizational strengthening and Institutional development support to programme nurturing growth and development.

Sustainable development can only be achieved through the process of empowerment and capacity building/development of all stakeholders that are involved. This ensures a participatory development process and leads to need-driven development rather than demand driven development.

The organisation has undergone a deep reflection and analysis of its core purpose and mode of operation. Quite a number of issues emerged from the critical self-assessment that will guide its strategic plan for instance the organisation documents and policies need to be reviewed and updated,Integrating cross cutting areas of HIV/AIDS, environment, and not forgetting gender issues which does not seem too strengthened by not leaving men behind with the goal of improving the standards of living for their standards of living.

 2018 Plan will focus on the following major focal areas: Ensuring Food security, increasing peoples’ incomes through sustainable agribusiness; Organisational Strengthening and Institutional Development; Preventive and curative health for development; promotion of human Rights and Good Governance Strategies; and Promote the value of working together to assist the needy in our communities. Gender and HIV/AIDS will be mainstreamed in all programs to disseminate skills in sustainable agriculture practices and technologies: Agro forestry; modern crop and animal management; environmental protection; appropriate technology; management of small IGAs and food processing and preservation.

 

With support from international, national and community donors, the organization has focused on projects in the sectors of agriculture, animal husbandry, water and sanitation, medical care, environmental protection, care and the protection and support of orphans and widows. It’s never assumed would be easy going blown down by the wind it has up to this time stood firm to stand challenges.

SCHOOL OF HOPE

We thank individual friends for the good work you do for us to keep our orphanage children in school, The school as given a chance to vulnerable from poor families to access formal and informal education especially to the girl child. The power in that is monumental and not to be underestimated, especially now more than ever!

KEA Green Hill Educational Centre (KEA GHEC) was established in 2004 with a purpose of addressing low education levels in the Kasejjere village. Before the establishment of the school, the nearest primary school was at a distance of seven kilometers; young kids had to travel a distance of 14 km a day to access the nearest school. KEA GHEC reduced the distance for children to walk to school thus making education more accessible. KEA Green Hill Education Center has helped educate orphans and other vulnerable children (OVCS) and also provide socio-economic support to the OVCs and their guardians/community members so as to have improved education standards and a better Quality of life. These are children who have lost their parents due to HIV/Aids and have no hope for a better future!

Since our inception 2004, we had accomplished a lot until now. Our school has been shut down by district authorities for lack of permanent structures. This has affected our moral and the community at large. Our earlier vision of enabling children acquire better education and provide sustainable benefits for the present future generation of the country has been cut short. Our mission of providing quality education to the pupils and preach the importance and management of the environment and natural resources is now dwindling after our closure.

That’s ambitious. This Is Why We Need Your Help. Even a modest gift can go a long way. For example, $75 donation can help buy dump-proof material, a bag of cement, a truck of sand and a 5 ton truck of aggregate stones. This will be huge for us as we don’t want our young children to walk the daunting journey again while looking for a primary school. 

All donations go directly to building the structures of the school since the foundation was already completed. Your gift will have tremendous impact on the lives of the school children to help them to have the skills, vision and motivation to change their lives. Thank you for partnering with us to help our children.The school has helped over 1000 underprivileged children in our community to have a chance to, more importantly, develop confidence of the children; to feel wanted and to develop dreams for their future, dreams that have included becoming engineers, accountants, doctors and politicians

Bringing Water close to the Communities of Kasejjere village.

Every day in rural communities and poor urban centers throughout Uganda, hundreds of people suffer from lack of access to clean, safe water.  Women and girls especially bear the burden of walking miles at a time to collect water from streams and ponds - full of water-borne diseases that are making them and their families sick. Illness from drinking dirty water and the time lost fetching it robs entire communities of their futures.
Hope is put on hold in over half of the developing world's primary schools without access to water and sanitation.

 Providing reliable and safe water source unlocked potential through Rural Women Initiative-Uganda (www.rwi-uganda.org), with partnership with The Pollination Project (www.pollinationproject.org) ,halfway solved  this burden and returning time for study and income generating work. Every good thing was made possible to access to safe water being available everyday year after year. Sadly though, the increase promise of safe water has been broken many times due to financial fixed budgets. A water project, like the new well in Kasejjere, can transform a child's life and the whole community https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fthepollinationproject.org%2Fgrants-awarded%2Fnakitto-betty-community-water-and-sanitation-hygiene-project-2015-impact-grant

Environment Conservation

Kikandwa Environmental Association KEA, implemented the Tree Planting Project in selected villages of Kiakandwa sub-county. During the financial year 2017/2018, KEA planted over 10,000 indigenous, fruit and improved tree seedlings with the main focus on mitigating effects of climate change in the region. Main objective of the project was favorable environment for community livelihood realized within the selected communities of Kikandwa Sub County. The mission has not stopped at planting trees, at grassroots, but conserving small forest patches from half to five acres per household to regenerate naturally into forest patches. The innovation has lead to sustainable agriculture, food security, soil erosion control, increase biodiversity, protect habitat and wildlife and has improved peoples livelihood.

Institutional Capacity Building

KEA has worked with community partners, to deliver good services to the beneficiaries. Currently KEA is facilitating and training women groups Rural Women Initiative -members engage in socio-economic development through Community trainings. Trains individuals to identify their talents given resources to come out of poverty e.g., income generating activities have been reached and supported through capacity building training.  As a result, beneficiaries have the opportunity to get quick service through CBOs.  Through Self Help Groups (SHG) women who have been empowered with a number of ideas in hand craft making, agriculture, road water harvest from where they work hard and earn income to provide their house hold with basic needs and food. This has greatly provided food security where 44.9% of the households are able to have three meals and 51.3% two meals a day. This improvement in feeding has directly impacted the children in the SHG members household.

Access to information

 Other manifestation of poverty include malnutrition, high morbidity and infant mortality, low household income, poor housing and poor general living conditions, few livelihood opportunities, social exclusion, and lack of access to information and to social and other public services.  Poor households are not able to deal with problems of poverty on their own because of structures and conditions within society and the economy.  In rural areas, poverty is particular rly associated with lack of productive assets, locally known as ‘capital health and disease are the most frequently cited causes of poverty in Uganda’s Participatory Poverty Assessment reports, but ill health and disease are also recognized as consequences of poverty.  Lack of access to quality health and education services, poor nutritional practices and limited nutritional choices, lack of information, lack of resources to take action, the impact of HIV/AIDS, and continuing high fertility and high population growth rates particularly in subcounty are all inter-dependent contributing factors in this cycle of poverty. Limited access to land ranks second among the most frequently cited causes of poverty.  Amongst the poor and most vulnerable sectors of the population, land ownership is decreasing significantly as a result of problems linked to large families, evictions, internal migration, and gender inequities.  And where land is available, lack of access to markets, low market prices, the impact of pests and disease, and vulnerability to drought and other extreme climatic conditions are highlighted as key factors leading to poverty

For women, the lack of control over productive resources remains one of the root causes of poverty.  Although women are responsible for the vast majority of agricultural production in Kikandwa, it is the male head of household who controls land ownership, the crops and livestock produced from women’s labour, and the financial gains from a market sales and women often have little or no say in household decision-making.  This situation is even worse in widow/orphan headed households.  These households are often even more impoverished because in-laws take over the land and assets when a husband dies.

This year, has been a time of transition – and new beginnings, for both the community as well as Rural Women Initiative –Uganda (CBO). We’ve seen so many catastrophic events take place, threats against human rights, needless violence, and more – reinforcing the need for us all to come together and do more to help one another. Amidst the difficulties, our programs and the people we serve remain our primary focus, and we continue to make real strides in the fight against poverty. Here’s a look back at some of the amazing things we achieved this year.

Many friends share information on sexually abused children as recognized by World of Children, an organization that improves the lives of vulnerable children by funding and elevating the most effective change-makers for children

To ensure that we’re learning and growing, we shall continue sharing RWI-Uganda program models and accomplishments at the meetings, Conference, workshops, trainings that present developing of RWI-Uganda that measures the vulnerability to issues such as economic, social, and health of our partners.

Special thank you to all of you for being here with us along the way. I am very excited about KEA- future and am more committed than ever to our mission. In these uncertain times, let’s pour out more LOVE and come together, and blaze forward to providing education, water, beekeeping project and treatment to all. We’re encouraging radical acts of love, that is positivity, commitment and real impact that builds bridges not walls between all of us receive a grant that will allow them to reach more children in need.

Peace and love,
John Kaganga

 

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Oct 17, 2017

Expanding Our Horizons

Expanding Our Horizons.


The community innovation resource center has come along way ever since we started back in December 2012. We embarked on journey our you, our donors, setting up a number of projects that were targeting the community we serve.
Of late, our staff is embarking on a project that will help the community and our country at large. They are helping our a food company to source high protein plants in Uganda. We started out with 11 plants last year; this year we sourced over 85 plants.
Together with the food company, we are now moving towards purchasing our these items in bulk for export. This will help all farmers associated with the project to earn big incomes for their agricultural produce while availing a constant market for their produce.
If the food company accepts all our newly sourced plants, 85 farmers will become the new beneficiaries of the project. In the long run, this project will impact more people as their are many plants out their that local farmers produce that we are not aware of and they need market for them. We believe that we will avail these markets for them.
But above all, these are fruits of our kind hearted donors that believed in our cause to serve the local community. Its our prayer that you continue believing in us and proceed with your spirit of donating to the community resource center to extend our services to communities in Uganda at large.
Thank you all so much.
Ee

 
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