Sharon failed to get employment as a teacher due to many reasons, including low pay. She innovated and established a shop, but the shop has since gone burst primarily because of her absence as she did development work. She plans to establish a restaurant.
Vicky used to deal in 2nd hand clothes, but her business went burst due to her absence as her time was taken up doing part-time paid development work. She has decided to become a full-time medium scale rice farmer, is a good role model and a source of income for tens of labourers.
James is an information communication technology services provider and teacher. He has a shop through which he offers training on ICT to youth especially. He also provides on-call services to clients – going to his client’s businesses and doing work on site.
Dorah had opened and was running her own hair salon, but her business went burst due to her absence as her time was taken up doing part-time paid development work. She continues to be a hairdresser employed in another’s salon. She uses the opportunity to give advice to clients. She shared: “Am glad to be a beneficiary of the mentoring program at CPAR Uganda, because I have been able to learn a lot. The lessons I learnt from the mentoring are helping me get back on my feet after losing my saloon.”
Thank you to you all who made contributions that enabled us to make a difference in the lives of young adults from disadvantaged communities. It gives us satisfaction that your gifts keep on giving as the the young people continue to innovate and give back to their respective communnities innovating to make things better for the greater good.
By Norah Owaraga | Project Leader and Managing Director
Parents of a beneficiary give gits to mentor
It is exhilarating that as planned our mentoring programme has produced active citizens who are proactively innovating, initiating, and facilitating processes intended to improve standards of living in their communities. There are indications that some of our mentees are now able to conduct rational analyses of their own attitudes and actions; and of the existing social, cultural, economic and political relationships in their communities, as it is the intention of our programme.
Most importantly, also, furthermore, some of our mentees are motivated to the extent that they have already started attempting to take action to contribute to the greater good. And for this reason, we are now at the stage of empowering them with resource mobilization skills; which skills they need in order to fundraise and mobilize other resources needed to implement their good ideas.
As the lead mentor, as I began to prepare my notes for a mentoring session on fundraising, I felt unsure. So, I decided to tap into the wealth of knowledge provided through the GlobalGiving Platform. I thought, let me do a quick refresher fundraising course. I enrolled for the Philanthropy University Fundraising Course, thinking I would complete it in one day. I was wrong. The course’s welcome and module one shocked me to the reality of how so outdated my fundraising skills are and how much more fundraising skills I need to learn in order to be a good mentor for fundraising.
Take for instance, my fundraising writing skills. Using learning from the course, I did a readability test on the approved text that we use to describe our organisation’s vision, mission and objectives. The results: “Readability consensus – based on (7) readability formulas we have scored your text: Grade Level – 30; Reading Level – Impossible to comprehend; Reader’s age: college graduate.” This surprised me a lot. But I followed the guidance provided, edited the text until I was able to improve its readability score to 63.3.
I am continuing with the course, which I hope to complete by the end of October 2022, and in November 2022, use my learning to support our mentees as they too go through the Philanthropy University Fundraising Course accessed to us via the GlobalGiving Platform. It is our expectation that our learning from the course will help us to increase the volume of donations to CPAR Uganda on the GlobalGiving Platform, especially towards the innovative projects of our mentees.
And, this will enable us to work towards our vision of people in Greater Northern Uganda being able to meet their basic and genuine needs – that they have access to good healthcare, healthy food and viable livelihoods. We are therefore forever indebted to our donors and other supporters whose donations make it possible for us to access both financial and technical advice through the GlobalGiving platform that enable us to do good.
Field visits help mentors to learn and be relevant
By Norah Owaraga | Project Leader and Managing Director
Innovator at Welding Apprenticeship
Two young adults, beneficiaries of our mentoring programme, have trully come of age as innovators against poverty for their respective rural communities. With guidance from our lead mentor, our two budding innovators, did participatory action research and consultations within their respective communities and on that basis authored a project proposal each.
The first one, "500 women of Ochelakur Sub-County access finance,"is an affirmative action project that will facilitate households of a disadvantaged and traditionally fishing community that is no longer permitted fishing livelihoods due to government fishing restrictions on Lake Kyoga to transition to other livelihood options and to improve their quality of life. Five hundred women will access finance and financial literacy training sessions; be able to start and to operate viable businesses through which they will earn a living; and be able to meet the basic needs - food, water, clothing, shelter - of their respective households.
The second one, "Welding apprenticeships for 25 youth in Pader Town Council," will contribute to youth of a marginalized disadvantaged rural community to attain sustainable artisanal livelihood skills that are necessary to reverse the poor quality of life their community endures, due to livelihood crisis adduced to effects of the Lord Resistance Army insurgency, climate change and marginalization by the Government of Uganda. It will equip 25 youth with life skills and knowledge to become welders and to earn income which they can use to meet the basic and the genuine needs of their respective households – they will be able to provide their households with food, water, clothing, shelter, as well as to pay fees for healthcare services and schooling.
Both projects have been approved for fundraising on the GlobalGiving platform. This has really excited and energised our innovators. Our lead mentor continues to work with the two innovators, horning thier fundraising skills. With effect from 1st June 2022 it is expected that the two innovators will work full-time as their respective project team-leaders, under the direct supervision of the lead mentor; and with mentorship from other CPAR Uganda staff. The two innovators will be responsible for ensuring and assuring the implementation of their respective projects.
Thank you to our donors for the moral support and financial contributions that are enabling us to contribute towards the building of healthy communities by the communities themselves - stimulating self-reliant participatory development. Your support and contributions make it possibile for us to produce rural innovators who will positively impact the lives of hundreds of households in their respective rural communities. Our journey continues in the right direction and we look forward to what this next step that we have taken shall bring.
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