Education
 Uganda
Project #11176

Community Innovation resource centre

by Kikandwa Environmental Association
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KEA CIRC REPORT FOR JUNE 2016

Kikandwa Environmental Association KEA in partnership with A Growing Culture (AGC) is soon launching a Library for Food Sovereignty; a world’s first digital platform made to connect farmers to allow them to learn from each other’s successes and challenges in Uganda.

As an n old African proverb says: “When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground”, information exchange is an essential pillar for A Growing Culture. It is through information exchange and an open knowledge system that we are able to promote AGC’s work and complete our mission. The traditional top-down model of research distribution does not meet the needs of small-scale farming businesses. As Eric Holt-Giménez and Miguel Altieri cite in Agroecology, Food Sovereignty, and the New Green Revolution, Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (2013), agroecology is knowledge intensive rather than capital intensive: tending towards small, highly diversified farms, with an emphasis on local communities to generate and scale-up innovations through farmer-to-farmer research. AGC’s work is in harnessing and empowering farmer-led research, making it permanently available for agrarians all over the world to learn from. AGC believes that information exchange is imperative to putting the needs of those who grow, distribute, and consume food at the center of food systems. Furthermore, knowledge sharing helps propel grounds movements, solidify communities, and stimulate creative solutions.

Mission for the Library

The mission of the Library is simple: it brings together the riches of farmer-led agricultural innovation into one central collaborative platform and makes it freely available to the world. The collection is a growing and democratic portal that strives to contain the full breadth of agricultural expression. It includes innovations from small and medium-sized agrarians around the globe and represents the diversity of challenges faced by farmers.

The collection policy is based on a consortium model where organizations, farmers, and individuals contribute unbiased content. The Library selection process is operated by a peer review panel that approves submissions. The collective spirit of the repository is further emphasized by a rotating Steering Committee made up of farmers and individuals from like-minded organizations that systematically evaluate the Library’s direction.

Goals

The Library serves four main purposes: (1) to collect, organize, preserve, and make accessible farmer-led innovations from all corners of the world; (2) to facilitate knowledge exchange between farmers, social movements, and agroecology actors; (3) empower agrarians to become knowledge managers that propel holistic approaches to agriculture, gender equality, and food rights; and (4) reverse traditional top-down research models and return farmers to the forefront of agriculture.

What is Farmer Led Documentation?

Farmer Led Documentation (FLD) is a participatory communication strategy that involves documenting in fixed form the experiences, techniques, and innovations of farmers. Often, farmers document themselves over the course of their work; other times the documentation is done by an outside entity such as an organization or individual.

AGC and KEA support FLD as a knowledge-sharing model. In our own work—and through our meaningful partnerships and alliances—harnessing the research generated by farmers, movements on the ground and other agents are central. FLD is being implemented successfully in many communities. Prolinnova, in Farmer Led Documentation and Knowledge Sharing writes, “The FLD approach provides local farmers with a new role of being their own knowledge managers, problem solvers and decision makers. In the FLD approach, the farmers own their development process.” Farmer Led Documentation is one method AGC uses with regards to collection acquisition. By partnering with farmer networks, organizations, and other agro agents, we are able to collect and make accessible a wide variety of materials pertaining to agriculture.

Become an Information Hub

AGC invites farmers of all kinds to submit documented innovations in areas that include but are not limited to: harvesting, planting, integrated pest management, compost, seeds, soil fertility, livestock, marketing, business, cover crops, women farmers, crop rotation, experiences, and stories. Your submissions may take the form of a manual, slideshow, lecture, moving image, audio recording, photography, guide, data, song, drawing or poem. All format types and languages are acceptable and diversity and originality is valued. Our team will then begin the peer-review process and work with you to finalize the best work possible. The AGC staff will work with professional translators to make sure the work is represented in as many languages as possible. If you have concerns about translation please contact us for assistance.

 

For More Information Contact

 Kikandwa Environmental Association (KEA)

C/o Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development

P.0.BOX 27551 Kampala Uganda

 

Email: ekikandwa@yahoo.com /johnkaganga@gmail.com

 

Loren Cardeli, Founder and President

Email: loren@agrowingculture.org


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 Orphans in Uganda are often left with little resources and support, especially in regards to reaching their educational dreams. To best address this, the organization is a received donation for his project, Green Hill Education Centre in Mityana, Uganda. With support from the recurring donors renovated a school, purchase scholastic materials and train parents in income-generating activities for the purpose of project sustainability.


KEA Green Hill Educational Centre (KEA GHEC) was established in 2004 at the hill with the mango trees to carry in Kasejjere village. Before the establishment of the school, the nearest primary school was at a distance of seven kilometers, the school has reduced the distance the children walk to school, which makes education more accessible. On top of that, the school is open for all children; including those who are orphans and vulnerable families who cannot afford to pay school fees. The school reached 250 pupil but the number dropped to 150 as per now due to financial problems, it started with three primary classes (P1-P3) with a total number of 53 pupils among them 25 were orphans (11girls and 14boys), but expanded to full primary .


The community of Kasejjere under Kikandwa Environmental Association identified illiteracy and semi-illiteracy as the main big problem hindering development and creating chronic poverty in Kikandwa sub-county particularly in Bambula parish were children between 5 and 14 years were either illiterate or semi-illiterate due to dropping out of school at an early age, the majority used to begin schooling late and dropped out before completing primary seven due to chronic poverty in the area.

The goal to achieve the community strategic plan was to contribute to the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals. To pursue this goal the organization has a vision of, rural Communities in Uganda where people live with dignity and in harmony with each other, their Environment and God” Towards this vision the organization mission is “…To develop capacities and capabilities of young children targeting rural communities in partnership with all people of good will so as to be effective and efficient agents in the promotion of education in Kasejjere community.


KEAGHEC is strongly focused on a participatory results and has therefore adopted tools to strengthens impact of change beneficiaries not only in the determination of desired changes but also in the monitoring and evaluation of the change progress that was able to acquire knowledge and skill on the

We are constructing a permanent structure for the school but we cannot afford to complete the work without your effort, therefore we are requesting our donors to link and recommend us to Donor foundation and funding institution which can build us permanent structures for the school.


Happy Celebrated Easter of our risen Lord Jesus Christ


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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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Kikandwa Environmental Association

Location: Kampala, Mityana - Uganda
Website: https:/​/​.kea.looper.hu
Project Leader:
Kaganga John
Kampala, Mityana Uganda
$11,491 raised of $21,225 goal
 
 
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