Education
 Uganda
Project #11176

Community Innovation resource centre

by Kikandwa Environmental Association

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

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.

 

CHALLENGES

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.  


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An extract of a report of January and February 2015 says that “KEA CIRC needs to scale up the access and use of ICT to fit the rural settings by providing material that is most needed by the rural community. Information on issues pertaining to agriculture, gender disparities, health, climate change and community development needs to be made accessible on a broader basis thus the need to continue empowering the resource center to meet its vision and objectives.KEA has recently got its own plot of land and is constructing offices that will house a state of art resource center with better facilities. This will help to save on the monthly rent expenses in the long run, funds which will be pushed to support other activities in the resource center.”

Based upon this background, we continue to make the rural area of Kikandwa a better place to live in. We are going to use part of the last month’s disbursement to put a roof on the newly constructed resource center and the rest will be used to clear up monthly rent and facilitate the resource center attendants to continue with the lessons.

ICT services are no exception to the high population growth rates. Consumption of these services is mainly present in the urban areas than the rural areas. There exists a digital divide between the urban areas and the rural areas. Though there is an ever increasing demand for ICT services in the community, nationally and internationally, we cannot ignore other factors affecting the community like poor health, sanitation and hygiene, and poverty.

We take this pleasure as the management of KEA CIRC to congratulate Nakitto Betty (former student of KEA CIRC) for receiving a $1000 grant from The Pollination Project to enable the rural community of Bbambula parish to access safe drinking water. This would not have happened if the resource center didn’t teach her vital computer skills to enable her do research on water points in Kikandwa Sub County.

KEA CIRC is making progress one step at a time through providing a platform to community youths to access opportunities like that of The Pollination Project; opportunities which can help transform and develop rural areas.

These are among the success stories that are starting to emerge because of the resource center and will impact more people from other communities.

The management of the resource center continues to thank our donors for the continued belief in our cause by sacrificing their hard earned money and donating it to the resource center. We also thank Global Giving for providing a platform where organizations can turn ideas into reality.


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Seasons Greeting Card
Seasons Greeting Card

KIKANDWA ENVIRONMENTAL ASSOCATION

COMMUNITY INNOVATION RESOURCE CENTER

REPORT FOR November 2014

We made it! Yes, we did. We reached our target goal of raising US$9,251 through global giving. We thank Globalgiving for providing a platform through which we fundraised money to setup a community innovation resource center, a center that is extending ICT to the rural community in Kikandwa Subcounty in Uganda. We believe that our partnership with Global giving has been worthwhile and we wholeheartedly thank our donors for believing in us and entrusting us with their donations. Your donations have

  1. Helped 656 smallholder farmers produce more qualitative nutritional food for themselves.
  2. Built the capacity of 345 farmers to mitigate and adapt to climate change impact.
  3. 85 farmers Learnt to Invests in forest restoration, tree nurseries raising and protection of biodiversity.
  4. 65 farmers were trained and empowered to carry out agricultural action research.
  5. 30 farmers become computer literate.
  6. 2 youth graduated in basic computer application and 12 are yet to graduate early 2015
  7. 36 households have received and planted fruit tree seedlings like mango, avocado and jackfruit from a community demonstration site.

This Christmas season of 2014, we have launched campaign to raise US $ 9525 to

  1. support more 876 small farmers to produce qualitative nutritional food,
  2. build the capacity of more 450 farmers to mitigate and adapt to climate change impact, train more
  3. 85 farmers in agricultural action research,
  4. Train more 35 farmers to become computer literate,
  5. train more 30 youth in basic computer application,
  6. pay for rent, internet service provider, allowance for computer lab attendant,
  7. Electricity and supplies and acquire at least two more new computers.

HELP AND DONATE TO US: $10, $25,$50, $100 OR MORE.

We are looking for US$ 9525 by this Christmas season to achieve our goal.

You can now DONATE from here;http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/community-innovation-resource-centre/

We are also kindly requesting you to become our recurring donor, help us to inform a friend, a family member, and workmates about our campaign to donate to us: US$10, $25, $50, $100 or more to help the poor farmers and vulnerable community in Kikandwa Community.

YOU CAN read more of our reports about our Community Innovation Resource Centre and how the donations have made a POSITIVEimpact in Kikandwa Community: www.globalgiving.org.

We again thank all our monthly RECURING donors who have supported the Resource Centre and all ONE TIME donors who have contributed and worked hard towards helping our community achieving our vision.

We wish you Marry Christmas  and a joyful new year Season.

Best regards John

Director Kikandwa Environmental Association /KEA Community Innovation Resource Center.


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KEA COMMUNITY INNOVATION RESOURCE CENTER REPORT SEPTEMBER 2014

 The donors and partners of KEA Community Innovation Resource Center (KEACIRC) through Global Giving have helped the resource center to extend ICT services and training to Kikandwa in order reach out to the most vulnerable and neglected families including orphans. KEACIRC continues to strengthen the existing partnerships so that Resource is fully equipped with relevant ICT equipment and partnerships that can mutually benefit the least developed communities using alternative approaches and processes for sustainable rural development.

 

The resource center has in the past months been able to help provide information to Kasejjere rural farmers on how to raise tree nursery beds. Some targeted famers have received first hand training on how to raise good nursery beds. The training was carried out at KEA Greenhill Education Center’s nursery bed using it as a demonstration site to facilitate hands on training.

Farmers got to receive fruit tree seedlings from the school’s nursery bed and were encouraged to continue to plant more trees of value that can provide food and later help to combat the effects of climate change by absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere.

The handing over of fruit tree seedlings was graced by the presence of a representative from the SGP at UNDP and the director of National environment management authority (NEMA) a government institution.

 

Remarks from UNDP Representative

He introduced himself working with UNDP represent small grant project (SGP), and thanked the Director of KEA for the initiative taken to raise the nursery bed. He thanked the community for the commitment being a wet season as many farmers are busy with their farms. He encouraged farmers to sustain the project with a lot of benefits as with environmental conservation more especially on human health that led to human livelihood development through sustainable was of farming and animal husbandry. UNDP works towards human development and support government programs, its long term benefit and encouraged farmers to take their time.

 

KEA, strives hard at addressing gender issues as key in human development as one of the core values of UNDP. youth are key in development, whenever youth participate in meetings learn, was happy of the school children he meet at his last visit and asked teachers to talk about environmental education to inspire youth to startup similar initiatives. He started participating in botanical gardens that why he ended up in agriculture. He asked the director of KEA to start up nurseries in schools not only in communities children may keep it as fun while learning and will impact on learning through potting and will love it. Learning is high at tender age and we need to build the youth that why the secretary general of UN is focusing on youth agenda and the government with the led from the president is conveying youth as the leaders of tomorrow and activities should be designed basing on gender balance and advised women to start vegetable gardens to get income due to their short maturity period.

Recommendation

  1. The organization should strengthen post harvesting and the price of maize will rise after some time, drying maize in clean dry place by providing farmers with tarpaulins.
  2. Farmers should setup storage facilities-granaries (ebyaggi) help in keeping maize safe from pests, and drying the maize from the combs so the organization should have a demonstration of the granaries and in homes not harvesting maize from gardens then trashing it, granaries are scientific and should be positioned well from rains with good aeration can keep maize for over 2 years. Maize dried from combs is of much better than the one trashed from gardens because if heaped will start fermenting that will led to disease like proto-cine caused by poor handling of maize as most of the maize is contaminated with fungus (yellow growth)this will cause human poisonous.
  3. Encouraged families to startup simple granaries as demonstrated need four strong poles lay down timber, shelter and nails/tie poles around the square.
  4. Farmer have trust with their leaders as UNDP secretariat receives daily information on agricultural produces from East African grain council and the local selling market in Kampala Kisenyi market, if Mr. Kaganga informs the about the forecast agricultural information with current prizes as their to sell of their maize can sell not say that is biased with the community . The high low producing maize like Bukoba inn Tanzania has also had high production this season as they never used to produce.

 

Speech from guest of honor ED NEMA

  1. Thanked all those who had spoken because they were educative speeches, she loved the new practices done around the nursery bed and learnt a lot from her field visit, education is lifelong processes, and one stops learning when is dead, love to learn and be creative in life as the director of KEA explained about Half +Half a thousand hectare project was hard to understand but later got the concept.

 

  1. She encouraged farmers to adopt to new health technologies as not all technologies are human health, i.e. spraying without protective gears NEMA has stated new project sound chemicals management with full protected gears protect body contact with chemicals directly this is commonly in rural areas that why people are suffering from cancer this one of the negative effect observed.
  2. Networking is key encouraged the continuity of networking not for computer but also organization as have learnt a lot from Mukono people and KEA has down the road for last 8 years participated in World Environment Day this is due to networking and have a friend in needed. She leant growing pumpkin from Kikandwa and know manages one acre through the workshops of NEMA. KEA benefited from proposal writing workshop as was happy to fundraise from UNDP and other NGO and encouraged Mukono to keep on writing and networking.

She was happy that in the last 7 years the director was still moving on and the group growing bigger and the trees donated by NEMA by Dr. Aryamanya a friend of The director all this done for the future and present generation and leave the earth as it was, everybody who cats a tree must plant make it by law.

 

Sustainable development is based on three pillars; Environment, and if promote only environment others will fall or be stable, if environment gone pole become thrives as will affect the community. Second pillars is society is the politics, health, youth and people being healthy, third is economy based on natural resources in past people in Kikandwa were depending on charcoal, as well as in Palliser depending on rice were all trees were cut down for rice fields as used to get 10 acres know having a bag of rice as in five years will be dead with no food and poor managed environment were in Luwero were all trees were cut to plant pineapples, whatever we do must think of sustainability for know and future in line with the pillars , think of economy. He advised the community to start up community tourism were people can camp to generate community resources.

She advised the organization in whatever we do we should record our community achievements but think of sustainability, should stand (kwesimbawo) confidently and not depend on funding from UNDP, NEEMA, if the organization is gone they will continue to progress so people will be proud of what we are doing start small and grow big with a development goal of what we are doing not think of money but use the available resources with interest and keep learning.

“kwesimbawo” support one another, farmers should be firm and grow expand with bigger vision, network , be innovative and practice environmental education and be able to practice it homes and in our communities i.e. policy not throw away the seed, and been able to raise 1500 jackfruit seedlings, and 1 acre of pumpkins

Recommendation

  1. Establish agricultural information center / price forecast
  2. The organization has a computer Centre, without access to internet is still hard to communicate timely information and sharing challenges. The Community Computer center is functioning with a total of 5 computers after they will be connected to internet. There has been a challenge of procuring the antenna to boost the network hence if internet is installed will improve at market information at the center. So far the Computer Centre continues to serve the over 20 farmers per day.
  3. To periodically assess, share and document community beneficiary experiences, capacity, knowledge and level of adoption of sustainable land management (SLM) practices under he project, in selected areas of Bbambula that aim at reducing and addressing climate change so as to influence project implementation.
  4. Design publishing and dissemination project information starting with baseline studies, linkage to project objectives environment and natural resources, food security, water resources, access , forest management, and also translated into local languages be printed and disseminated to the key stakeholders and community members and also it will be uploaded on the website for wider dissemination.
  5. Advocacy work, Networking and Information sharing KEA has been able to partner with likeminded networks and organizations such as the partnership through NEMA,UNDP, NGO Forum, among others, Information sharing on facebook also become a good platform for information sharing and therefore it’s important for KEA and its members to make use of this platform to remain vibrant in terms of information sharing since it has grown in terms of new likes currently standing.
  6. Key advocacy and Networking meetings KEA continues participating in the National and International Days such Commemoration of World Wetlands Day world food day also reminded participants what we have done and plan to do for the livelihoods of communities
  7. Build community granaries for storage of farmer produces avoid exploitation from middle men. This should be demonstrated in schools, homes since their scientific and have contributed to human livelihood development.
  8. Establish gender balanced activities in communities to address poverty and that led to human development, participation, involvement of youth and children in activities carried out and be left out in trainings and meetings.
  9. Develop posters and flyers to communicate and address the project objectives

Other recommendations at site

  • Have a plot of land at main road with and office and demonstrated agricultural practices.
  • Have a source of information on market price can be achieved by having internet.
  • Establish community granaries
  • Keep in mind the contract made at Protea hotel Kampala of supplying quality maize.
  • Develop flyers and documentaries on key success to project objectives.
  • Share a report of the launch of the project
  • Develop a booklet on baseline survey share it with UNDP secretariat and other stake holders.
  • Establish nurseries in schools and other projects.
  • Proper maize harvesting (pre post harvesting)

 

So we at the resource center believe that through knowledge acquisition is the only way we can move this community to fight the effects of climate change and later help them move agriculture from subsistence to commercial farming.

 

We thank all of you donors for the continued efforts you have made to put us where we are right now.

 

Director KEA.

NEMA representative handing over fruit trees
NEMA representative handing over fruit trees

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Organization Information

Kikandwa Environmental Association

Location: Kampala, Mityana - Uganda
Website: https:/​/​.kea.looper.hu
Project Leader:
Kaganga John
Kampala, Mityana Uganda
$11,216 raised of $21,225 goal
 
310 donations
$10,009 to go
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