Africa Rising's Fourth Annual Meeting took place in Masaka, Uganda in September 2012. Twelve of the fourteen Africa Rising partner organizations came together to share their succcess stories and challenges over the previous year. This year, the Concerned Children and Youth Association (CCYA), the daughter organization of Concerned Parents Association (CPA), joined the partners at the annual meeting.
The meeting was strategically located at St. Jude's Family Projects, a family farm that has grown to become a center of excellence and learning for agriculture, an area that many of the the parter organizations were interested in for implementation in their own communities. The organizations learned practical agricultural models that could be easily applied. More importantly, each organization identified practical next steps on how to further grow their own organizations to also become centers of learning.
Shalom City has moved from the temporary IDP camp to the new property. After years of advocating for the government to act on its promise to secure post-election IDPs their own land, residents of Shalom City have been granted this land. Inspired by the annual meeting, Shalom City is planning to start its own community farm on the new land. The community garden will help to ensure food security and provide income generating activities for the community.
African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM) and African Economic Foundation (AEF), together with Africa Rising, visited Kilisa village to introduce Maasai elders to the successful water project implemented by AEF. Approximately 20 Maasai elders visited the project to learn how to build subsurface dams and use the water for income generating activities. See the attached picture of the Maasai elders viewing a greenhouse project.
Africa Rising is in the process of registering itself in Kenya, to establish an east African branch. All paperwork has been submitted and we are awaiting a response from the government. This is a step towards Africa Rising's goal of being more African led and shifting its core leadership and management functions to Africa.