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Friends of Humanity SA is a Geneva-based non-profit organization supporting initiatives and projects in five essential areas: - Human rights and dignity - Education and training - Healthcare and medicine (including alternative medicine) - Environmental protection and conservation - Microfinance
Oct 26, 2016

October Update

On the evening of 24 April 2016, at a imposing ceremony in the greater concert hall in Yerevan, the images move on the giant screen and tell the public her story, that of the woman rescued 10,000 children. She had several awards worldwide including the price of the rights of the French government.

 

It is in Rwanda that the president of Maison Shalom, threatened with death in Burundi, was exiled. For a year, the country is plunged into violence. Several hundred people died, about 300,000 have fled the country. Maguy, as his friends call him, continues to provide assistance to refugees and orphans.

 

Friends Of Humanity support Maggy and Maison Shalom since 10 years !

At Friends Of Humanity, we are very happy of this award that recognizes the hard work of this lady with a big heart.

A big thank you to you, dear donors. It is thanks to you that we can realize many projects.

Continue to support the Shalom House and REMA hospital.

Regards,

Sanda

Oct 26, 2016

October Update

UDWA’s “Empowering people with disability project” was set out increase food security in households with people with disabilities (PWDs) and women headed households in Jinja district, east central Uganda. The initial overarching strategy of the project was to provide comprehensive continuum of interventions that would increase household income and provide employment opportunities to PWDs and women through access providing access to financial capital and vocational skills training, however due to lack of funding, we decided to start with a pilot project –that providing simple, rationalized agricultural inputs and training in latest agricultural practices to PWDs and vulnerable to increase farm yield.
With funding of 1,000 Euros from Friends of Humanity (FOH), in addition to UDWA’s financial support, we were able to make 2 women groups (eight members in each group including elderly and PWDs) who received training in agronomic practices. Also simple and rationalized agricultural inputs including 6 water cans, 6 spray pumps and 30 kgs of vegetable seedlings were provided to same women groups. The pilot project was implemented between 10th june and 15th July, 2015 benefiting 16 women including PWDs and elderly. Apart from limited funding, the project had no other challenges. Needless to say, however, the project was timely and appropriate to the beneficiaries needs and it is expected to increase their resilience and household food security, albeit in short-run.

This pilot project report is for the “Empowering people with disability project” project that Uganda Disabled Women’s Association (UDWA) with funding from (FOH) implemented in Jinja District in Uganda.
It covers project implementation period starting on 10th June 2015 to 10th July 2015 with a financial budget of 2,500 Euros of which 1,000 Euros was contributed by FOH and 1500 Euros as both in cash and in-kind contribution of UDWA and her local partners. This report gives a snapshot of project activities, output, achievement, challenges and lessons learnt with in the reporting period.
The first section of the report presents the background of the project. It reflects on the overall implementation highlighting training of beneficiaries in various modern farming methods and challenges thereto. The second section highlights the overarching objectives of the project. This is followed by the description of project activities.
The report goes on to highlight the observations that were recorded during the implementation of the project. The report further outlines major achievements, challenges, lessons learned and recommendations that will ensure sustainability of the project in line with activities that are to be implemented in the second phase of the project.

 

Background to the project


PWDs in Uganda have for a long time been marginalized and discriminated against. They face a multiplicity of challenges which impede their livelihood and resilience. In particular, they hardly have access to capital and vocational skills that would otherwise boost their livelihood. It is to be seen however, that their resilience continues to suffice amidst these challenges. From this backdrop, UDWA has been striving to not only promote and protect the human dignity the PWDs but also empower them to become more resilient and productive, even in their state of disability.
To this end, in 2014 UDWA designed a comprehensive framework that whose overarching objective was to increase household income and provide employment opportunities to PWDs and women through access providing access to financial capital and skills training. However due to lack of funding, we decided to start with a pilot project –that providing simple, rationalized agricultural inputs and training in latest agricultural practices to PWDs and vulnerable to increase farm yield.
This pilot project targeted the most vulnerable categories in society mainly comprising of: people with disabilities, poor parents of disabled children, single mothers, young school drop outs and other economically active but disempowered people. We have targeted the districts of Jinja in Uganda as the immediate first beneficiaries of this project basing on the results of earlier needs assessment effort that indicate most need.

 

Project Objective


The objective of this pilot project was to increase the resilience and food security of PWDs and elderly women households through providing agricultural inputs and high-impact training in latest agricultural practices. This pilot project had one proposition: high quality seeds combined with good agricultural practices gives better yield to small holder farmer. We hope to share the outcomes of this pilot intervention after the end line survey in December 2015.

 

Project Activities


This project was the first of its kind in Jinja district –for it targeted most vulnerable members of the community including the PWDs and elderly being trained in latest agricultural practices to increase their yield from the small gardens they have. The project activities involved distribution of quality seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, watering cans and spray pumps. Two women and PWDs groups were also created and received high-impact training, involving practicum sessions in the latest agricultural practices.

 

Project Outputs


• There was establishment of two community gardens which will be acting as demonstration farms
• 16 women including 7 PWDs and 9 elderly women were training in the latest agronomic practices
• 30 kg of vegetable seeds were distributed to 2 groups of women
• 10 packets of fertilizers and pesticides were distributed to 2 groups of women

 

Challenges


a) Most people with disabilities who are the majority direct beneficiaries from the project stay in hard to reach areas which hindered mobilization and tracking of the members.
b) There was a challenge of limited funds which led to leaving out very many members who would be direct beneficiaries
c) Lack of demonstration farm which would act as a training center for the beneficiaries also hindered the training of members.
d) The challenge of the staff members not being trained and acquainted with the farming skills which would help minimize the cost of training the beneficiaries.
e) Although the project was implemented, it was at small scale thus limiting the possibility of expansion of the project to other places that need the same to be done in their localities

 

Lessons Learned


From the beneficiary’s point of view, the training of staff members and beneficiaries is relevant in the way that if applied it is of no doubt that it will lead to cost reduction on training of other would be beneficiaries. This was further demonstrated by the shared ideas during the trainings between the different community group members and the staff that elaborated joint efforts toward achieving the cause.
The commitment of the beneficiaries towards the project indicated the positive attitude of the members towards uplifting their social status and improving their living conditions. Therefore, establishing a demonstration farm will encourage members to work towards expanding their project so as to attain the project goals and objectives.

 

Conclusion


By and large, the project activities were implemented as planned. The project received over whelming support from a wider section of the people in the communities – including people with disabilities, poor parents of disabled children, single mothers, young school drop outs and other economically active but disempowered people. While there is a challenge in accessing the beneficiaries since most of them are scattered in the hard to reach areas, staff members played a great role in mobilizing and tracking them which eased the coordinating of the project. In the next phase UDWA will undertake mass mobilization so as to ensure that great number of the targeted beneficiaries turns up to actively participate and get involved in the implementation of the project.

 

Recommendations


I. While basic training in farming was given to the beneficiaries in the various fields, rigorous training of trainers (TOT) needs to be given to both the staff and the mentor beneficiaries to facilitate the cascaded model of training that is lesser costly.
II. It is in the best interest of the beneficiaries that funders also support animal rearing such that it can be a diverse project which cuts across.
III. There is also need to increase on the funding so as to expand the project to other areas of the country.
IV. There is need to establish a permanent demonstration farm which can act as a training ground for both the staff and the beneficiaries.

Oct 24, 2016

Let's share

Dear Donnors,

Last September, we shot a short film to show our support for these students.

Thank you to continue to provide us with your donations to be always present for these childrens.

Branch Project is functioning smoothly with the same spirit of Alice Project methodology. Some additional education are offered like, Chakma script, basic knowledge of computer, yoga, games and sport, massage, meditation, music, art and self-awareness.

Last year we have constructed the boundary fencing with iron wires and cemented polls. The school is partially safe now and it would be quite safe if the main gates are constructed strongly.

Our future needs:-

Continuation of girls project for higher studies at the main Project at Sarnath (Uttar Pradesh), those who have passed class V,VII and VIII from the branch project. The girls those who were benefitted in the previous years are still in need of more support for their higher studies.

Construction- Improvement of the school building part by part with bricks and cement. (Existing school building walls are made of bamboo splits frames).More classrooms are needed to construct.

For self-stability:- It is extremely necessary to take step for long run or existence of the branch project school. As being agricultural area, a tractor could raise funds for the support of the school.(i.e. teacher salary). Here all the villagers are depend on farming and the demand s of the tractor is basically more.

Increment of the teacher’s salary:- It is also necessary and required for the increment of the teacher’s salary not more but little every consecutive year. The honorarium that the staffs are receiving is not enough to run the household in this remote area.

Installation of Internet accessing device;- The most important thing is to install a satellite internet accessing device in our branch project for better communication with you and others too. The installation of the device can be benefitted not only the school but the villagers too in different manners. We think it is the best idea if we could buy the device and install as soon as possible. Please let us know if anything needed more. With regards Bimal and

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